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Economic freedom scholar to speak at NDSU

Posted on 9/10/2018

The Capitalism and Society Lecture Series is set to feature a talk on economic freedom and the socio-economic performance of countries with more economic freedom relative to others.

Noted scholar Robert Lawson is scheduled to present "Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations" Monday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Barry Hall AgCountry Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Lawson is a professor of practice, Jerome M. Fullinwider centennial chair in economic freedom and director of the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. He is co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which presents an economic freedom index for more than 160 nations.

Lawson will describe what economic freedom means and how it is measured. He also will discuss the Economic Freedom of the World project and examine the socio-economic performance of countries around the world.

The Capitalism and Society Lecture Series is hosted by the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. The series invites dialogue between researchers, students and community members about institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

"We are thrilled to host Bob at NDSU. His work with the Economic Freedom of the World project is well-known. We are pleased to offer an opportunity for students and the community to engage with his research and ideas," said Jeremy Jackson, director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise.

The center produces research and programming on issues relevant to North Dakota and the Upper Great Plains region to advance knowledge of the sources and causes of human well-being and the distinctive roles of entrepreneurship, free markets, philanthropy, private enterprise and public policy in achieving it.

After the lecture, there will be a short session for questions and answers, followed by pizza and refreshments in the Barry Hall Atrium.

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