Lecture Series (Fall 2021)

  • Speaker: Charles Anderton, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, College of the Holy Cross

    Topic: "Network Economics in the Study of Conflict and Security"

    Date: October 27, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm-4:45 pm
    Location: Burruss 152

  • Speaker: Brian Roberson, Professor of Economics and Political Science

    Topic: TBD

    Date: October 29, 2021
    Time: 10:10 am-11:00 am
    Location: Burruss 152

    Bio: Professor Roberson's main teaching interests are game theory and microeconomic theory.  His research interests are economic theory, game theory, political economy, and public economics.  Professor Roberson received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2005.

Symposia (Fall 2021)

  • Does Sweden Have a Socialist EconomySpeakers: Andreas Bergh, Per Bylund, Josh Hendrickson

    Date: November 19, 2021
    Time: 9:00 am-12:10 pm
    Location: Burruss 151


    9:00 am-10:00 am: Screening of “Sweden: Lessons for America?”
    10:10 am-11:05 am: Presentations by Per Bylund and Joshua Hendrickson
    11:15 am-12:10 pm: Keynote by Andreas Bergh


    Keynote: Andreas Bergh, Associate Professor of Economics, Lund University

    Keynote Title: “Sweden: Capitalist or socialist? Failure or success?”

    Bio: Andreas Bergh is associate professor in Economics at Lund university and fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm.

    His research concerns the welfare state, institutions, development, globalization, trust and social norms.

    He has published in journals such as European Economic Review, World Development, European Sociological Review and Public Choice. He is the author of 'Sweden and the revival of the capitalist welfare state" (Edward Elgar, 2014).

    Per Bylund, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Records-Johnson Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University

    Bio: Per L. Bylund grew up in eastern Sweden’s beautiful archipelago, some 20 miles northeast of the capital of Stockholm. He is currently enjoying his second professional career, as a professor of entrepreneurship, following previous experiences as systems developer, business consultant, elected politician, and entrepreneur.

    Bylund earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (civilekonom), majoring in corporate finance and accounting, and a master’s degree in business informatics, at the Jönköping International Business School in 1999. He then pursued a career in IT and business consulting in Stockholm. Perfectly timed with the bursting of the dotcom bubble, he worked primarily with web systems development and business process automation at Datastrategi,, and WOCHB. As a developer, he was a certified as Microsoft Certified Professional four times and was in charge of internal competence development.

    During the end of his studies at Jönköping and the beginning of his professional career in Stockholm, Bylund served as an elected member of the municipal council in his native Österåkers kommun, where he also served as a member of two municipal boards. He also held numerous positions with several political organizations until he turned his back on party politics in 2000.

    While pursuing his career, Bylund studied political science at Stockholm University and then moved to Lund in 2003 to earn a master’s degree in political theory at Lund University. In 2004, he lived in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and then continued his professional career as business analyst at Guide Konsult and then CIO (manager of IT and development) at Nordengren Ett, both in Malmö, Sweden.

    In 2007, Bylund moved to the United States to pursue a doctorate in applied economics at the University of Missouri. Graduating in 2012, he spent 2012-2013 as an adjunct professor teaching entrepreneurship in the Management Department of Trulaske College of Business at “Mizzou,” before moving to Waco, TX for a research professorship in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business and the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Baylor University.

    He is associate professor and holds the Records-Johnston Professorship of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University.

    Bylund has experience founding several startups, none of which became a successful business. Failure is a great teacher, however, and the real value of these experiences is realized in his research and teaching.

    He currently lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Susanne and their Plott hound Georgia.

    Joshua Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Economics, The University of Mississippi

    Bio: Dr. Joshua Hendrickson’s research interests are at the intersection of monetary economics, public finance, political economy, and historical economic development. Within monetary economics, he studies everything from historical monetary institutions to modern monetary policy to Bitcoin. Within political economy, he has used the tools of economics to understand revolutions, the decision to go to war, and how the national defense motive shapes the state and its policies and institutions. Finally, he examines the role of institutions in shaping the progress or regress of the state and the economy.

Film Screenings (Fall 2021):

  • InvalidatedDate: October 21, 2021
    Time: 9:30 am-10:45 pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Film Description: Thrust into a battle to save his invention, inventor Josh Malone uncovers the shocking truth that our patent system is weakening, property rights are at risk and American Innovation is dying! Our weakening Patent system is invalidating property rights, and with it, the incentive to create. Money and inventions are now going to other countries, and with them go jobs and a strong economy.

    Featuring a live Q&A with director and producer Luke Livingston!

    Free and open to the public!

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