Lecture Series (Spring 2021)

  • Matthew MitchellSpeaker: Matthew Mitchell, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative, Mercatus Center

    Title: “How Regulations Protect Firms from Competition Instead of Customers from Harm”

    Date: Postponed - come back later for date and time.
    Location: Virtual - come back later for link.

    Speaker Bio: Matthew D. Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at Mason. In his writing and research, he specializes in public choice economics and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses, industries, and occupations.

    Mitchell has testified before the US Congress and has advised several state and local government policymakers on both fiscal and regulatory policy. His research has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News and World Report, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. He blogs about economics and economic policy at Neighborhood Effects and at Concentrated Benefits.

    Mitchell received his PhD and MA in economics from George Mason University and his BA in political science and BS in economics from Arizona State University.

  • David SkarbekSpeaker: David Skarbek, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

    Title: “The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World”

    Date: February 9, 2021
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Virtual –

    Speaker Bio: David Skarbek is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His research examines how extralegal governance institutions form, operate, and evolve. He has published extensively on the informal institutions that govern life in prisons in California and around the globe. His work has appeared in leading journals in political science, economics, and criminology, including in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, and Journal of Criminal Justice. His book, The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System (Oxford University Press), received the American Political Science Association’s 2016 William H. Riker Award for the best book in political economy in the previous three years. It was also awarded the 2014 Best Publication Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s 2014 Ethnography Award. His work has been featured widely in national and international media outlets, such as the Atlantic, BBC, Business Insider, the Economist, Forbes, the Independent, and the Times.

  • Phillip MagnessSpeaker: Phillip Magness, Senior Research Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research

    Title: “The Economics of Slavery”

    Date: February 23, 2021
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Virtual –

    Speaker Bio: Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.

    He is the author of numerous works on economic history, taxation, economic inequality, the history of slavery, and education policy in the United States.

  • Jeremy HorpedahlSpeaker: Jeremy Horpedahl, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Central Arkansas

    Title: “The Policy Tradeoffs of COVID”

    Date: March 23, 2021
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Virtual –

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2009, concentrating in public choice, public finance, and economic history. His research has been published in Econ Journal Watch, Constitutional Political Economy, the Atlantic Economic Journal, Public Choice and Public Finance and Management. Dr. Horpedahl has also published op-eds in a variety of regional and national publications. In addition to his academic publications, several of his policy briefs and papers on favoritism and state tax codes have been published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


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