Don Boudreaux accepts the 2014 Coolidge Prize for Journalism from the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Mercatus research and scholars appeared in the media more than 15,000 times in 2015.
Senior Research Fellow Robert Graboyes promoted his vision for health reform through speeches, briefings, op-eds, and videos like “From Fortress to Frontier: How Innovation Can Save Health Care.”
Alex Tabarrok explains the price system in “I, Rose.” Marginal Revolution University debuted the first comprehensive and completely free online Principles of Microeconomics course, bringing its total offering to 12 courses comprising 800 videos.
Maurice McTigue and Scott Beaulier PhD (’04) discuss state and local policy reforms during the Mercatus annual donor retreat in March. Beaulier is building a new Center for Economic Liberty at Arizona State University.
Mercatus launched the Conversations with Tyler series in 2015. Guests have included Peter Thiel (shown) and economists Dani Rodrik, Luigi Zingales, and Jeffrey Sachs. Guests in 2016 will include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Silver, and Camille Paglia.
Twenty-two states introduced reforms to certificate-of-need (CON) laws in 2015. Senior Research Fellow Matthew Mitchell explained the economy of CON in “The Wrath of CON: How Certificate-of-Need Laws Affect Access to Health Care.”
F. A. Hayek Program scholars Virgil Storr and Christopher Coyne await Mason’s May Convocation with PhD fellows Laura Grube and Abigail Hall. This year six PhD fellows, nine MA fellows, and two Schumpeter fellows joined our 199 alumni.
Charles Blahous, director of the Spending and Budget Initiative, presents during the “Responsibly Confronting Social Security Disability’s Financing Crisis” event on Capitol Hill. Research on this issue spurred the House of Representatives to prohibit borrowing from the Social Security Retirement trust fund without instituting reforms to the disability program.
Hester Peirce, director of the Financial Markets Working Group, led the “Financing the Future: The Role of the Financial System in Fostering Economic Growth” conference. In October, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Peirce as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Senior Research Fellow Eileen Norcross explains her study “Ranking States by Fiscal Condition” in the video “Understanding Your State’s Fiscal Health.” With 500 media citations, the research continues to drive discussion of fiscal reforms in the states.
Veronique de Rugy was recognized as one of Politico’s “50 in 2015” for her and journalist Tim Carney’s critical role in exposing corporate welfare in their work on the Export-Import Bank.
For the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we reflected on the Gulf Coast Recovery Project. How We Came Back: Voices from Post-Katrina New Orleans by Nona Martin Storr, Emily Chamlee-Wright, and Virgil Storr presents 17 oral histories to explore how communities began to rebuild after the devastation.
F. A. Hayek Program Director Peter Boettke was selected as the president-elect and program chair of the Southern Economic Association for the 2015/16 year. The SEA, one of the oldest regional economics associations in the country, boasts a diverse membership, featuring scholars from universities around the world and a broad scope of research interests and methods of inquiry.
Richard Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, delivers the annual Hayek lecture on “The Continuing Relevance of Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty.”
Since 2005, the Gulf Coast Recovery Project scholars have produced 40 journal articles, 14 book chapters, 20 policy papers, 9 working papers, and 5 books, including the newly released Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship by Virgil Storr, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, and Laura E. Grube.
Mason President Ángel Cabrera speaks to a group of supporters, faculty, students, and staff at the opening of the new offices of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The new location provides program and student space for 43 PhD fellows.
P. J. O’Rourke entertains at the Mercatus Center’s Annual Dinner in October.
Staying true to his reputation for wide-ranging conversation, Cowen leads investment strategist Cliff Asness through an interview. More than 200,000 viewers have tuned in for Conversations with Tyler so far.
Wall Street Journal chief economics correspondent Greg Ip joined Tyler Cowen, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Alex J. Pollock of AEI for a discussion on his recent book, Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe.
Mercatus launched the Program on Monetary Policy under the leadership of Scott Sumner, the Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair in Monetary Policy. In December, Sumner published The Midas Paradox: Financial Markets, Government Policy Shocks, and the Great Depression.