Lectures (Fall 2019):

  • Speaker: Bobbi Herzberg, Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

    Date: September 5, 2019

    Lecture 1: “Modern Mutual Aid in Welfare”
    Time: 12:30pm-1:45pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Lecture 2: “Polycentric Models of Healthcare Provision”
    Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Bio: Bobbi Herzberg is a Distinguished Senior Fellow for the F. A. Hayek Program in Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Most recently, she served as assistant director of individual freedom & free markets at the John Templeton Foundation. She also held a faculty position in political science at Utah State University (USU), where she served as department head in political science and administrative director of The Institute of Political Economy. Dr. Herzberg served as president of the Public Choice Society from 2014-2016.

    Dr. Herzberg received her Ph.D. in political economy from Washington University in St. Louis. She writes and speaks regularly on public policy, public choice, institutional analysis, and the Bloomington School.

  • Speaker: Bryan Riley, Director, Free Trade Initiative, National Tax Payers Union Foundation

    Date: September 18, 2019

    Lecture: “The Impact of NAFTA and USMCA on Georgia”
    Time: 9:05am-9:55am
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Bio: Bryan Riley is Director of NTU’s newly minted Free Trade Initiative.

    Bryan’s background includes years of research on the impact trade has on people in the United States. He has led grassroots campaigns in support of initiatives like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in opposition to special-interest efforts to get the government to pick winners and losers in the U.S. economy.

    Bryan has been quoted in publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also an in-demand speaker who travels the country explaining the benefits international trade and investment bring to Americans.

    Bryan Riley grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Southern California.

    Bryan first came to Washington, DC as an NTU intern during the Reagan administration, and he continues to champion President Reagan’s pro-trade vision for America.

  • Speaker: Shane Sanders, Associate Professor of Sports Economics & Analytics, Syracuse University

    Date: October 9, 2018

    Lecture: “Around the World: Estimating Professional and College Basketball Player Win Values from LeBron to LaMelo”
    Time: 5:00pm-6:15pm
    Location: Burruss Building 151

    Bio: Sanders is presently Associate Editor of the Academy of Economics & Finance Journal. His research portfolio includes recent peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Sport Economics, Economics Letters, Public Choice, Theory & Decision, European Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Social Science, and Southern Economic Journal, among others. Sanders completed a PhD in economics (with field specializations in econometrics and applied game theory) from Kansas State University in 2007. In 2002, he completed a BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

  • Speaker: Stergios Skaperdas, Professor of Economics, UC San Diego

    Date: October 11, 2019

    Lecture: “On the Legal and Institutional Foundations of Modern Economies”
    Time: 9:05am-9:55am
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Bio: Stergios Skaperdas is Professor of Economics and holds the Clifford S. Heinz Chair (on the economics of peace) at the University of California, Irvine. In July 2016 he was appointed Director of the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies. He received a BA in Economics from Reed College and the MA and PhD degrees, also in Economics, from the Johns Hopkins University. His research examines circumstances in which individuals and groups can make a living not just by producing and trading but also by taking – appropriating – the production of others. With that basic trade-off between production and appropriation at its core, Skaperdas has developed a theoretical framework that allows the study of a variety of economic and political problems, including those of organized crime, the emergence of states and governance, civil wars and other forms of domestic conflict, as well as the effects of globalization in the presence of insecurity. His research has been published in a variety of economics and political science journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, Economic Journal, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the Journal of International Economics.

  • Speaker: Archibald Ritter, Distinguished Research Professor, Carleton University

    Date: October 24, 2019

    Lecture 1: “The Cuban Economy: Private versus Cooperative Sectors and Underground Markets”
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Lecture 2: “Public and Private, Market and Plan: Lessons from Cuba and the United States"
    Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
    Location: Burruss Building 151

  • Speaker: Abigail R. Hall, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Tampa

    Date: October 28, 2019

    Lecture 1: “The Link Between Intervention and the Erosion of Domestic Liberties”
    Time: 1:25pm-2:15pm
    Location: “Burruss Building 152

    Lecture 2: “The Economics of Prohibition and War on Drugs”
    Time: 2:30pm-3:20pm
    Location: Burruss Building 152

    Bio: Professor Hall received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2015. She Graduated with a BA in economics and business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Her book, Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of US Militarism, was recently published by Stanford University Press.

Symposia (Fall 2019):

  • Date: September 18, 2019
    Time: 10:10am-12:05pm
    Location: TBD


    Javier Díaz de León, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta

    Bryan Riley, Director, Free Trade Initiative, National Tax Payers Union Foundation

    Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta

  • Applications of economic principles to decisions by consumers, firms, and workers in market settings are obvious.  But the standard approach to analyzing microeconomic behavior (which typically assumes that a rational individual is applying the cost-benefit principle, and therefore responds to incentives) can be applied to essentially any choice that a person confronts.  The “Symposium on the Boundaries of Economics” – organized by Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity – will examine how the economic way of thinking can be applied to analyze situations that most people would not traditionally think of as “economic decisions.”

    This symposium will feature:

    • a keynote address by Steven Landsburg (Professor of Economics [Rochester University] and author of the books “The Armchair Economist,” “Fair Play,” and “More Sex is Safer Sex”);
    • presentations by Scott Cunningham (Professor of Economics [Baylor University]), Emily Owens (Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society [UC Irvine]), and Paola Suarez (Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics [SUNY Purchase]);
    • and a screening of the documentary film “Freakonomics: The Movie.”

    This event is open to both the KSU community and the general public. It is free to attend, but advanced registration will be required.

    Date: October 23, 2019

    9:30am-10:45am: Session I: Keynote Address by Steven Landsburg
    10:55am-12:10pm: Session II: Lectures by Profs. Scott Cunningham, Emily Owens, and Paola Suarez
    12:30pm-2:15pm: Public Screening of “Freakonomics”

    Location: Prillaman Health Sciences 1105


    Keynote by Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics at University of Rochester

    Scott Cunningham, Professor of Economics, Baylor University

    Emily Owens, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine

    Paola Suarez, Visiting Professor of Economics, Purchase College, SUNY

Film Screenings (Fall 2019):

  • The welfare system has the best of intentions – to help those in need. But it often turns out to be a quagmire, difficult to escape. Trying to save money? Penalty. Trying to work and earn money? Penalty. Getting married? You guessed it. Penalty. It’s also a full-time job just to keep up with the appointments and confusing paperwork.

    Join noted author and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg as he meets real people whose dreams and aspirations are defined and confined by a well-meaning system that provides assistance but forgets the human costs. A handout or a hand up? How can we better help those in need while providing more to them than just subsistence?

    Date: September 4, 2019
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: Prillaman Health Sciences 1105

  • A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

    Date: October 23, 2019
    Time: 12:30pm-2:15pm
    Location: Prillaman Health Sciences 1105

  • Seven pounds of rice, five pounds sugar, four ounces coffee, five eggs, 10 ounces beans, a small bread roll... Juan starts the month with 250 pesos. But once he's paid for these food rations, transit, utilities, and the new energy-efficient fridge he was obliged to buy, what's left? This independent Cuban film examines the way that the economy and daily life works (and doesn't work) in Cuba today.

    Date: November 14, 2019
    Time: 11:00am-12:15pm
    Location: TBD

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