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The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

The phenomenal upswing in human wellbeing and prosperity over the past two hundred years has been fueled by the idea of economic liberty and the alignment of formal and informal institutions which enhanced its effects. The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, a joint endeavor of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, and the WP Carey School of Business, is dedicated to evaluation the contribution of economic liberty to human betterment. Research projects at the Center focus on business regulations, public choice and public purpose, the history of economic thought, voluntary governance of the commons, and the political economy of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Center sponsors a research workshop on Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a public lectures series entitled Perspectives on Economic Liberty.

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Ross Emmett

Center Director

Ross B. Emmett is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, and Director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty. A historian of economic thought, Dr. Emmett's work is concerned with the constitutional political economy of a free society and the enhancement of the bourgeois virtues that support it. His publications include works on Frank H. Knight, T. Robert Malthus, James M. Buchanan, economics and religion, and the Chicago School of economics. He served as editor of the Biographical Dictionary of American Economists, and was the lead editor of the research annual Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology.