John Locke Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary


The John Locke Foundation presents

Prospects for Pro Market Reform: A View from 1962

with our special guest

Dr. Edward J. Lopez

- Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism
Western Carolina University

July 31, 2015 would have been Milton Friedman’s 103rd birthday. His contribution to 20th century economics is indisputable. To honor his vision and the impact he has had on our society, we have collaborated with policy groups from around the world to hold events in his honor.

In this presentation, Dr. Lopez will focus on the theme that crisis is neither necessary nor sufficient for beneficial reforms — that is, pro-market reforms — but a crisis can sometimes pave the way. He will discuss real-world examples from the past five to six decades, in particular airline deregulation, spectrum license auctions, and the tax reforms of 1986.

About Our Presenter, Dr. Edward Lopez
Dr. Edward Lopez is Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University. He teaches classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and ethics of capitalism, and he oversees the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Programs. He previously taught public choice, intellectual property, and other courses at San Jose State University and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Lopez is the Executive Director and Past President (2012-14) of The Public Choice Society, an international, inter-disciplinary association of collective action scholars that celebrated its 50th anniversary in March, 2013. He is also a Board Member and Past President (2010-11) of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and Regional Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy.

His research focuses on the economics of ideas, fashion, and politics. His first book is an edited volume that uses public choice theory to recommend beneficial reforms in civil and criminal law ("The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions," Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). "Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers" is his second book, and he is currently working on his third book, which argues that design copyists in fashion and other creative fields serve beneficial, entrepreneurial functions.

Outside of academia, Dr. Lopez has worked as a staff economist in the U.S. Congress, as manager of policymaker education for the Mercatus Center, and as economics program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. In 2007-08 he was a Resident Scholar at Liberty Fund, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center.

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