I’m speaking about my Walmart research as part of the “Exploring Economic Freedom” lecture series at the Metropolitan State College of Denver on Tuesday at 11:30. The talk will take place at the Tivoli Student Union Turnhalle, 1111 W. Colfax Avenue and is generously sponsored by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Contact Alexandre Padilla (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
This will be my first real trip to Colorado (airport stopovers don’t count), so I’m pretty excited about it. A student from Denver recommended the fries at “Good Times,” which I’m anxious to try.
They also have a pretty good program at MSCD. I sat with some of Alex’s students at dinner during the Southern Economic Association meetings in November, and we tipped a roving mariachi band that was willing to learn a few words of the chorus to “Never Gonna Give You Up” to Rickroll him. He was a very good sport about it. Here’s Alex on the economics of pornography regulation for Forbes.com (SFW). Here he is on Twitter. Here’s a recent Mises Institute Faculty Spotlight Interview with Alex’s colleague John Cochran.
My October travels combined with the fact that there are now a few years between my completion of grad school and now has given me cause to reflect on (again) reasons to be optimistic about the future of liberty. Alex and I met at a Mises Institute event (I think it was the Austrian Scholars’ Conference in 2000), and now he’s developing a crop of students interested in doing work in the Misesian tradition. Last weekend, I presented a paper at the 7th Annual Mises Seminar sponsored by Istituto Bruno Leoni, an organization founded by Alberto Mingardi. Alberto and I were Summer Fellows at the Mises Institute in 2003. We’re reaping the rewards of decades of bad policies, but I’m encouraged to see people like Alex and Alberto sowing the seeds of a better tomorrow.