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January, 2021

22Jan(Jan 22)12:00 am23(Jan 23)11:00 pmFamily, Community, and Meaningful Work: The State’s Role in Economic ManagementAcademic Research Seminar

Event Details

Are unfettered markets and economic disruptions responsible for breakdowns in families? Displacement of rural and working class communities? A loss of meaning and identity for large swaths of a nation’s population? Some conservatives and progressives, concerned that markets and liberal democracy are causing harms, are reviving the idea that the state has a considerable role to play in protecting and/or promoting important values and institutions. 

If you are interested in a vigorous discussion about these topics, we welcome you to apply for this online Academic Research Seminar on “Family, Community, and Meaningful Work: The State’s Role in Economic Management”. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center, and will take place January 22 and 23, 2021. 

Scholars with research interests in this topic are especially encouraged to attend, since one goal of the seminar is to find new or underexplored avenues for peer-reviewed publications, op-eds, and other intellectual work.

The seminar will feature three panels: (1) “Does America Need a New Industrial Policy? Technology, Competitiveness, and the Intersection of Governments and Markets in the 21st Century Economy”; (2) “American Workers and a Changing Economy: The Call for a Return to ‘Good, Reliable Jobs’”; (3) “Has American Prosperity Come at the Price of Weaker Communities and Families, and Can the State Fix It? Are the Common Good and Markets at Odds with One Another?

Dr. Steve Davies (Institute of Economic Affairs) will lead off the seminar with a keynote talk addressing some historical context for these topics.

Finally, the seminar will have a breakout session where participants brainstorm and discuss with speakers their own research questions and ideas related to the topic. Those without current research plans on this topic are still encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback to others in the group.  

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Time

22 (Friday) 12:00 am - 23 (Saturday) 11:00 pm

Participants and Staff

  • Alexander Salter

    Alexander Salter

    Author and Associate Professor of Economics, Texas Tech University

    Alexander William Salter earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2014. He was an assistant professor at Berry College from 2014-2015, and thereafter an assistant professor at Texas Tech University. He is also the Comparative Economics Research Fellow at TTU’s Free Market Institute. Alex has published more than 60 articles in academic journals, and more than 80 op eds and other popular pieces. He is also affiliated with the American Institute for Economic Research, where he serves as a Sound Money Project Fellow, and the Association of Private Enterprise Education, for which he serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise. He lives in Lubbock, TX with his wife, daughter, and three dogs.

    URL https://www.awsalter.com/

    Author and Associate Professor of Economics, Texas Tech University

  • Catherine Pakaluk

    Catherine Pakaluk

    Director of Social Research and Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America

    Catherine Ruth Pakaluk (PhD, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of Social Research and Economic Thought at the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. Formerly, she was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic social thought, and political economy. Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.” Pakaluk did her doctoral work at Harvard University under Caroline Hoxby, David Cutler, and 2016 Nobel-laureate Oliver Hart. She has co-authored widely cited articles in social science and epidemiological journals, including Demography, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Beyond her formal training in economics, Dr. Pakaluk studied Catholic social thought under the mentorship of F. Russell Hittinger, and various aspects of Thomistic thought with Steven A. Long. She is a widely-admired writer and sought-after speaker on matters of culture, gender, social science, the vocation of women, and the work of Edith Stein. She lives in Maryland with her husband Michael Pakaluk and their eight children.

    URL https://business.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/pakaluk-catherine/index.html

    Director of Social Research and Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America

  • Daniel Griswold

    Daniel Griswold

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

    Daniel Griswold is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Co-Director of its Trade and Immigration Project. Griswold is a nationally recognized expert on trade and immigration policy. He is the author of the 2009 book, Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization. He has authored numerous studies, testified before congressional committees, commented for CNBC, CSPAN, Fox News and other TV and radio outlets, and written articles for The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Griswold holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Masters in the Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    URL https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/daniel-griswold

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Eileen Norcross

    Eileen Norcross

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center

    Eileen Norcross is the Vice President of Policy Research and a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on questions of public finance and how economic institutions support or hamper economic resiliency and civil society. She specializes in fiscal federalism and institutions, state and local government finance, public sector pensions, public administration, and economic development. She is the lead author of Ranking the States’ Fiscal Condition. Norcross has testified before Congress on the Community Development Block Grant program, state and local pension underfunding, municipal bankruptcy, and the use of technology to monitor stimulus funding. She has also testified on fiscal policies in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New Hampshire, and Montana. She served as a public member on the Virginia Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform from 2016 to 2017. Her academic publications include articles in the Maryland Journal and a book chapter in The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound, edited by Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr. She received both her MA in economics and her BA in economics and American history from Rutgers University.

    URL https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/eileen-norcross

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center

  • Liya Palagashvili

    Liya Palagashvili

    Senior Research Fellow

    Liya Palagashvili is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include entrepreneurship, regulation, and the gig economy. She has published academic articles, book chapters, policy papers, and articles in media outlets such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. In 2016, she was named one of the Forbes' "30 under 30" in Law & Policy. Palagashvili was an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York-Purchase and earned her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

    URL https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/liya-palagashvili

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Michael Farren

    Michael Farren

    Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

    Michael D. Farren is a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on the effects of government favoritism toward particular businesses, industries, and occupations, specializing in labor, economic development, and transportation issues. Michael has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures, and his research and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio, among others. He blogs about economic policy and the monthly jobs report at The Bridge. Michael received his PhD in applied economics from Ohio State University and participated in the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship at the Mercatus Center. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer and received his MS in transportation engineering and BS in civil engineering from Ohio State University.

    URL https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/michael-d-farren#:~:text=Research%20Fellow-,Michael%20D.,economic%20development%2C%20and%20transportation%20issues.

    Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

  • Michael Munger

    Michael Munger

    Professor of Political Science, Duke University

    Professor Munger received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC he directed the MPA Program, which trains public service professionals, especially city and county management. He moved to Duke in 1997, and was Chair of the Political Science Department from 2000 through 2010. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP "Image" Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows). He is currently director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University. Munger’s recent books include “Choosing in Groups” (coauthored with his son, Kevin Munger) and "The Thing Itself," both in 2015. His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the working of the new "Middleman Economy." Much of his recent work has been in philosophy, examining the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term "euvoluntary." His newest book addresses the sharing economy, and is entitled "Tomorrow 3.0."

    URL https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/munger-michael-c

    Professor of Political Science, Duke University

  • Robert Atkinson

    Robert Atkinson

    Founder and President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

    As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), recognized as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy, Robert D. Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. A sought-after speaker and valued adviser to policymakers around the world, Atkinson’s books include Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business (MIT Press, 2018); Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012), and The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). He also has conducted groundbreaking research projects and authored hundreds of articles and reports on technology and innovation-related topics ranging from tax policy to advanced manufacturing, productivity, and global competitiveness. As a respected policy expert and commentator, Atkinson has testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he appears frequently on news and public affairs programs. Among others, these appearances have included interviews on BBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the prestigious Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2014.

    URL https://itif.org/person/robert-d-atkinson

    Founder and President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

  • Steve Davies

    Steve Davies

    Head of Education at the IEA

    Steve Davies graduated with a first degree and PhD in History, both from the University of St Andrews. In 2009-10 he was Academic program Officer at IHS. Before then from 1979 he taught in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since 2010 he has been Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, although he still lives in Manchester. He is the author of The Wealth Explosion: The Origins and Nature of Modernity, History and Empiricism, and The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (this last with Dr Nigel Ashford). His interests include intellectual history, global economic history, the history of crime and criminal justice and the history of the Devil. He is also interested in heavy metal music and a keen follower of the fortunes of Manchester City.

    URL https://iea.org.uk/dr-stephen-davies/#:~:text=Dr%20Steve%20Davies%20is%20the,George%20Mason%20University%20in%20Virginia.&text=A%20historian%2C%20he%20graduated%20from,the%20same%20institution%20in%201984.

    Head of Education at the IEA

  • Timothy Carney

    Timothy Carney

    Senior Columnist, Washington Examiner

    Tim Carney is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior columnist at the Washington Examiner. He is the author of three books, most recently "Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse."

    URL https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/author/timothy-p-carney

    Senior Columnist, Washington Examiner

  • Veronique de Rugy

    Veronique de Rugy

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center

    Veronique de Rugy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy. Previously, de Rugy has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and a research fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Before moving to the United States, she oversaw academic programs in France for the Institute for Humane Studies Europe. She received her MA in economics from the Paris Dauphine University and her PhD in economics from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University.

    URL https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/veronique-de-rugy

    Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center

Schedule

    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • January 22, 2021
    • 2:45pm ROOM OPENS 2:45pm - 3:00pmClick Here to Join the Zoom Meeting

    • 3:00pm WELCOME AND PROGRAM INTRODUCTION3:00pm - 3:15pm

    • 3:15pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS3:15pm - 4:15pmDr. Steve Davies, Institute of Economic Affairs Speakers: Steve Davies

    • 4:15pm BREAK4:15pm - 4:45pm

    • 4:45pm PANEL I: “Does America Need a New Industrial Policy? Technology, Competitiveness, and the Intersection of Governments and Markets in the 21st Century Economy”4:45pm - 6:00pmModerator: Dr. Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center at George Mason University Speakers: Daniel Griswold, Michael Munger, Robert Atkinson

    • 6:00pm BREAK6:00pm - 6:30pm

    • 6:30pm SOCIAL6:30pm - 7:30pm

    • January 23, 2021
    • 12:45pm ROOM OPENS 12:45pm - 1:00pmClick Here to Join the Zoom Meeting

    • 1:00pm PANEL II: “American Workers and a Changing Economy: The Call for a Return to ‘Good, Reliable Jobs’”1:00pm - 2:15pmModerator: TBDSpeakers: Liya Palagashvili, Michael Farren

    • 2:15pm BREAK2:15pm - 2:45pm

    • 2:45pm PANEL III: “Has American Prosperity Come at the Price of Weaker Communities and Families, and Can the State Fix It? Are the Common Good and Markets at Odds with One Another?”2:45pm - 4:00pmModerator: Ms. Eileen Norcross, Mercatus Center at George Mason UniversitySpeakers: Alexander Salter, Catherine Pakaluk, Timothy Carney

    • 4:00pm BREAK4:00pm - 4:15pm

    • 4:15pm BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS4:15pm - 5:15pm

    • 5:15pm CLOSING REMARKS5:15pm - 5:30pm

Organizer

Institute for Humane StudiesThe Institute for Humane Studies supports and partners with professors to promote the teaching and research of classical liberal ideas and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress.