What is the relationship between markets and the environment?

Join the Center for Public Choice and Market Process and the Institute for Humane Studies in exploring alternatives to government environmental sustainability programs.  

Delve into these ideas during the day, then explore your thoughts while connecting with peers and professors at evening socials. Registration is free and all meals are included. 

Questions? Please contact Angel Lauver at alauver@ihs.gmu.edu

Sponsored by:

Institute for Humane Studies, John Templeton Foundation, and the Center for Public Choice & Market Process



Friday, Sep. 22
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
The Promise of Environmental Markets
Gary Libecap
7:15 pm
Saturday, Sep. 23
9:30 am
Breakfast (optional)
10:30 am
Why Cap and Trade Emission Permit Markets Have Failed
Gary Libecap
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Are We Running Out of Resources? The Case for Environmental Optimism
Dale Matcheck
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs the Environment
Randy Simmons
4:15 pm
Faculty Panel
5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
5:15 pm


Prof. Gary Libecap

Gary Libecap came to the Bren School in 2006 after more than twenty years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where, in addition to teaching business, law, and economics, often in a natural resource context, he developed and directed the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship program. His interdisciplinary focus and expertise in issues related to entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices led to his critical role in developing the Eco-Entrepreneurship focus, a joint venture between the Bren School and the School of Engineering. Professor Libecap’s current research is focused on the legal, economic, and policy aspects of water allocation in the western United States. He has been president of the Economic History Association, the Western Economics Association International, and the International Society for the New Institutional Economics, and he holds high-level appointments at several top institutions around the country.

Prof. Dale Matcheck

Dr. Matcheck is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Northwood University. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University: his dissertation and research interests are in the economics of property rights and environmental quality. Matcheck is an advisor for Students in Free Enterprise and a developer of economist trading cards (as seen in The Wall Street Journal and Dave Barry’s Christmas Gift Guide).

Prof. Randy Simmons
Randy T. Simmons received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1980. He is Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Political Economy in the department of economics and finance at Utah State University. Previously he was head of the department of political science at Utah State University. Simmons offers a unique view of political economy having been trained in political economy and having spent ten years in city government, four of them as mayor. Simmons is a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center as well as the Independent Institute. His book, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure (2nd edition, 2012) is a primer on public choice theory and practice. His 2012 co-authored book Green vs. Greenexamines how local green activists use green ordinances to stop green energy development—a kind of green government failure. His co-edited book Aquanomics: Water Markets and the Environment (2011) shows how water markets are far superior to government water regulations and controls. His most recent book is Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment (2016), an analysis of the politics of ecology and the ecology of politics.

This event is made possible through the support of the John Templeton Foundation.

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