Leading economist to speak at Troy, Dothan campuses

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2016

TROY – Dr. Dean Stansel, author of the "Economic Freedom of North America Report," will speak at Troy University's campuses in Dothan and Troy later this month.

Co-hosted by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the lectures will focus on expanding economic freedom in Alabama and the nation.

"The Dothan community reflects a growing hub of entrepreneurship in Alabama," said Dr. Dan Smith, assistant professor of economics in the Johnson Center. "Since Alabama has one of the lowest rates of entrepreneurship in the nation, it is important to continue to foster entrepreneurship in Dothan, and more broadly in Alabama, by expanding economic freedom."

Stansel, a research associate professor at Southern Methodist University's O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Wake Forest University, and completed his doctorate in economics at George Mason University. He worked for seven years at the Cato Institute, where he authored or co-authored more than 60 publications on fiscal policy issues, including opinion pieces in the “Wall Street Journal," "Washington Post," "Investor's Business Daily," and the "Chicago Tribune."

His "Economic Freedom of North America Report" tracks the trends in economic freedom on states and provinces in North America, allowing researchers to compare the impact of economic freedom on economic prosperity.

"The results are stark," Smith said. "The states with the most economic freedom have much higher income per capita, average growth, and employment growth. Importantly, economic freedom has a strong relationship with entrepreneurship, and declines in economic freedom can lead to declining rates of entrepreneurship."

Stansel will lecture in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25. A brief reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

On the Troy Campus, Stansel will speak in room 122 of Hawkins Hall at 1 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Both lectures are free and open to the public to attend.