The focus of this seminar is on the role entrepreneurship plays in economic growth, job creation, and innovation; it’s decline; and possibilities to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit. These topics will be explored during three panels and a keynote address. The program will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss these ideas, examine directions for new research, and build a network of scholars interested in this research area.

This event is co-hosted by the Pacific Research Institute and the Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville. It immediately precedes the Western Economic Association’s Annual Conference.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020
3:30 pm
Meeting Room Opens
4:00 pm
Welcome and Seminar Introduction
Jeanne Hoffman
Steve Gohmann
4:15 pm
Panel I: Improving Entrepreneurial Behavior
Brian Meehan
Liya Palagashvili
Moderator: Wayne Winegarden
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
Breakout Discussion Groups - Research Focus
6:30 pm
Coffee Break
6:45 pm
Panel II: The Decline of Entrepreneurship in the US
Darwyyn Deyo
Adam Thierer
Moderator: Wayne Winegarden
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
3:30 pm
Meeting Room Opens
4:00 pm
Panel III: Regulation and Entrepreneurship
Christopher Boudreaux
Alicia Plemmons
Daniel Bennett
Moderator: Steve Gohmann
5:15 pm
5:30 am
Keynote Address
Lee Ohanian
6:15 pm
Coffee Break
6:30 pm
Closing Remarks and Social


Baylor University

Florida Atlantic University

 San Jose State University

University of Louisville

Institute for Humane Studies

Berry College

University of California, Los Angeles

State University of New York – Purchase

Southern Illinois University

Mercatus Center

Pacific Research Institute


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