Friday, February 13, 2015

UIS Speaker Series explores the “The Benefits of Economic Freedom”

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and Department of Liberal & Integrative Studies present “The Benefits of Economic Freedom” featuring Joshua Hall, associate professor of economics at West Virginia University and co-director of the Center for Free Enterprise within the College of Business.

WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: The Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index has been published annually since 1996. Since its initial publication, the EFW index has been used by scholars to answer a number of important questions regarding the operation and interaction of economic, political, and social systems around the world.

In this talk, Hall provides an overview of the EFW index and the scholarly literature that uses it. He highlights how the measurement of economic freedom has provided a more accurate picture of the diversity that exists globally with respect to societal economic organization. Finally, Hall discusses how his own views of the importance of economic freedom have changed as a result of measuring economic freedom.

Hall earned his bachelor and master degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College and an Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Hall is currently serving as the president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He is author of over 100 academic journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly studies. His most recent edited book is Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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