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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G005

"Visible Hands: Virtue in the Market"

Jennifer Baker is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1995) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2003). Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.

Debra Fitzgerald

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Friday, April 17, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 106

"Economics Issues of Urban Planning in the Cty of Harrisonburg"

Deb Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor in Business and Economics at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Va. and was elected Chair on the Harrisonburg City Planning Commission in the 2010 elections.  She is also the treasurer and a steering committee member for the Northend Greenway project, which will bring bike paths from north Harrisonburg to downtown Harrisonburg. As the chair of the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee, Deb has a huge hand in shaping the growth and development for the city of Harrisonburg.

Carol Graham

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Carol Graham

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Godwin Hall 382

"The Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S. Campared to Other Countries:  Inequality, Agency, Optimism and Life Chage"

Carol Graham is a senior fellow and the Charles Robinson Chair at the Brookings Institution, a College Park professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and the author of numerous books, papers and edited volume chapters. Graham has written extensively and is considered an expert on issues including poverty, inequality, insecurity, the political economy of market reforms, subjective well-being and the economics of happiness.

John Hasnas

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John Hasnas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 105

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument"

John Hasnas is an associate professor of business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and an associate professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, whose tripartite mission is to produce high-quality research on matters related to the ethics of market activity, improve ethics pedagogy, and educate the broader, non-academic community about ethical issues related to the functioning of markets. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple Law School. Between 1997 and 1999, Professor Hasnas served as assistant general counsel to Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kan. His book Trapped: When Acting Ethically Is Against the Law is available from the Cato Institute.

Alice Rivlin

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Alice Rivlin

Monday, March 16, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Madison Union Ballroom, Warren Campus Center

"Health and Health Care: Can We Improve Both at Sustainable Cost?"

Alice M. Rivlin is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings, a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and the director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. She recently served as a member of the President’s Debt Commission, was founding director of CBO, served as OMB director and was Federal Reserve Vice Chair. She is an expert on fiscal and monetary policy and is the recipient of the 2013 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance, awarded by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Todd Ziwicki

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Todd Zywicki

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall 107

"Consumer Credit and the American Economy"

Todd Zywicki is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 2009, Professor Zywicki was honored as the recipient of the Institute for Humane Studies 2009 Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

Shruti Rajagopalan

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Shruti Rajagopalan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 5:30 p.m. | Godwin Hall 354

"Private Cities:  Case Studies from India"

Shruti Rajagopalan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 2013 from George Mason University and was most recently a Bradley Visiting Researcher in the Department of Economics at New York University. Shruti's broad area of interest is the economic analysis of comparative legal and political systems. Her research interests specifically include law and economics, public choice theory, and constitutional economics. Shruti is currently working on the economic analysis of amendments to the Indian Constitution. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and books. She also enjoys writing in the popular press and has published opinion editorials on Indian political economy in The Wall Street JournalMintThe Hindu: Business Line, and The Indian Express.

Neera Badhwar

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Neera K. Badhwar

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

Koch Foundation Speaker

"Friendship and Market Societies"

Neera K. Badhwar is professor of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Most of her  work to date, including her just-published book, Well-Being: Happiness in an Objectively Worthwhile Life (OUP), has been in Ethical Theory and Moral Psychology. Recently, however, she has worked on topics in social-political philosophy, including the connection between community and kidney markets, the moral foundations of market societies, and the implications of empirical studies of happiness for public policy. Other research interests include International Ethics and the role of markets in promoting civic friendship and civility. Badhwar has published widely in academic journals including The Journal of PhilosophyEthics, and Social Philosophy and Policy.  You don't want to miss Neera's Koch Foundation talk on "Friendship and Market Societies", December 4th in Zane Showker Hall.

Oliver Williamson

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Oliver Williamson

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Grafton Stovall Theater

JIN Lecturer

"Transaction Cost Economics: Origins and Implementation"

Oliver Williamson is Professor of the Graduate School and the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. A distinguished economist, Dr. Williamson was awarded the 1988 Irwin Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, the H. C. Recktenwald Prize in Economics for 2004, named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2007, and awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009. Of his six books and over 140 articles,  his book, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism: Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting, is said to be the most frequently cited work in social science research.

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Dr. Anthony Gill

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"Should Churches Be Taxed? The Political Economy of Religious Liberty and the US Tax Code"

Dr. Anthony Gill is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of Sociology at the UW, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes in political economy and religion & politics, with an emphasis on church-state relations, religious liberty and religious economies.  He is author of The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge 2007) and Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America(University of Chicago Press, 1998).  Anthony will be giving a talk on religion and politic, titled "Should Churches Be Taxed? The Political Economy of Religious Liberty and the US Tax Code". You can find more information hereabout Anthony on his University of Washngton profile page.

Author: Paul Cantor

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Paul Cantor

Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"Shakespeare As Entrepreneur: The Case of the Blackfriars Theater"

Paul Cantor, an American literary and media critic, is the Clifton Waller Barrett Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Cantor has published extensively on a wide range of subjects including comparative literature, renaissance, and romanticism.

Author: Eric Maskin

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Eric Maskin

Friday, October 3, 2014 | 1:30pm | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

JIN Lecturer

"Elections and Strategic Voting: Condorcet and Borda"

Eric Maskin, a 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics, is the Adams University Professor at Harvard. He has laid the foundations of mechanism design theory while contributing to advances in game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy, and other areas of economics. He has taught at the Institute for Advanced Study, MIT, and is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

Author: Alex Padilla

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Alexandre Padilla

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"Immigration: Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

Alexandre Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics and Interim Director of the Honors Program at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He earned his BS, MA, and Doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille III in France. Dr. Padilla has published in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Public Policy among others.

Author: Scott Beaulier

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Dr. Scott Beaulier

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, room G005

"The Not So Impossible: America's Pension Tsunami Is Coming to a State Near You"

Dr. Scott Beaulier is the Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and Executive Director of Troy University's Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, which is housed in the Sorrell College of Business. Dr. Beaulier is also the Division Chair of Troy University's Economics and Finance Program.  Come to Zane Showker Hall, October 23, to see Dr. Beaulier speak on "The Not So Impossible: America's Pension Tsunami Is Coming to a State Near You".

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George Selgin

April 29, 2014:  GEORGE SELGIN, of University of Georgia presented "Operation Twist-the-Truth: How the Fed Misrepresents its History and Performance."  George is a professor of economics in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, and an associate editor of Econ Journal Watch. Selgin formerly taught at George Mason University, the University of Hong Kong, and West Virginia University and is the author of several books, including his 2008 book titled Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage.

Author: Matthew Kahn

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Matthew Kahn

April 17, 2014:  MATTHEW KAHN, is the author of Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future,as well as several other books related to environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics.  Matthew is a leading American educator in the field of environmental economics. After earning his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, he began teaching at various universities, including Columbia, HarvardStanford, and Tufts. He is currently a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, Department of Economics, Department of Public Policy, Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School.

Author: Sarah Skwire

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Sarah Skwire

March 25, 2014: SARAH SKWIRE, is the author of Writing with a Thesis. She spoke on the topic of "You're So Money: Literary and Economic Seductions."

Author: Pietra Rivoli

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Pietra Rivoli

March 20, 2014PIETRA RIVOLI, Author of The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade and highly-regarded speaker on the topic of economics of world trade.

Author: Virgil Storr

Understanding the Culture of Markets

Virgil Storr

Feb. 24, 2014: VIRGIL STORR, a senior research fellow and director of Graduate Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University spoke about "The Moral Teachings of Markets." Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, he was the Don C. Lavoie Research Fellow in the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Department of Economics, George Mason University.

Author: Hannah Davis

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Hannah Davis

Nov. 19, 2013: HANNAH DAVIS, Founder and President of Bangs Shoes aims to demonstrate a new model of corporate philanthropy that sparks a new socially responsible edge for the future of retail. The Bangs method is to integrate fundraising for non-profit organizations into a for-profit business model. The Bangs mission is to “Stand on issues to help others stand on their own”. Every aspect of Bangs, from the name (Bang-zhu in Mandarin means “to help”), to the revenue model, to even the design of the shoes emanates this mentality.

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Cynthia Cooper

Nov. 13, 2013: CYNTHIA COOPER,  an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant spoke about the importance of ethical decision-making and sound business practices. Cynthia was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year. She was also featured as one of twenty-five influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine. Cynthia was the first woman to be inducted into the AICPA Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. In addition, Cynthia is a recipient, along with Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley, of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.  While serving as Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom, Ms. Cooper and her team unraveled a $3.8 billion fraud, one of the largest in history. Her act of moral courage helped directly influence the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which has been called, “…the most far-reaching reforms of American business practices since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

Author: John Tomasi

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John Tomasi

Oct. 28, 2013: JOHN TOMASI,  Brown University Political Philosopher John Tomasi spoke on his book "Free Market Fairness."  Learn more about John Tomasi.

John Tomasi's "Free Market Fairness" Book Review by The Wall Street Journal dated March 29, 2012.

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Jayson Lusk

Oct. 15, 2013: JAYSON LUSK, Oklahoma State University Regents Professor and Williard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics gave a talk on his newest book, “The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate.” Jayson’s presentation was to a standing-room only audience (of about 160). Learn more about Jayson Lusk.

Jayson Lusk's "The Food Police" Book Review by Time Magazine  dated May 6, 2013, Forbes dates May 8, 2013, and National Review Online dated May 20, 2013.

Author: Doug Moran

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Doug Moran

Oct. 7, 2013: DOUG MORAN, Bestselling and award-winning author, has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience working in a variety of industries. He has worked for Verizon and Capital One (where he was CIO of the financial services division), and served the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia as deputy secretary of health and human resources, chief operating officer of the department of social services, and telecommunications director.  Doug's leadership consultancy, If You Will Lead LLC, focuses on leadership development, executive coaching, organization excellence, and infrastructure strategy. His combination of corporate, government, and voluteer leadership experience gives him a unique perspective on leadership challenges in all of these different fields.

Author: John Allison

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John Allison

April 2, 2013JOHN ALLISON, President and CEO of the CATO Institute, spoke on his book, "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure." Learn more about John Allison.

John Allison's "The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure" Book Review by Forbes dated October 17, 2012.

Author: David Colander

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David Colander

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall G1

"Complexity and the Art of Public Policy"

David Colander received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been the Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. since 1982.  In 2001-2002 he was the Kelly Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 35 books and 100 articles on a wide range of topics. His books have been, or are being, translated into a number of different languages, including Chinese, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish. He has been president of both the Eastern Economic Association and the History of Economic Thought Society and is, or has been, on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Economic Education.

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