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Economics scholar to deliver Upton Forum lecture Friday

October 21, 2013


As part of the sixth annual Miller Upton Forum, 2013 Upton Scholar James D. Gwartney will give the June and Edgar Martin Memorial lecture on "Institutions, Economic Freedom, and the Wealth of Nations” Friday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.

Gwartney is the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. He is also the co-author of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the consistency of institutions and policies with economic freedom for 144 countries.

As part of the forum’s programming, the college will host a panel discussion on Gwartney’s ideas and influence Friday from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

Panelists include:

  • Niclas Berggren, Ph.D., associate professor, Research Institute of Industrial Economics
  • J.R. Clark, Ph.D., Scott L. Probasco, Jr. Chair of Free Enterprise, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Joshua C. Hall, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, West Virginia University
  • Robert A. Lawson, Ph.D., Jerome M. Fullinwinder Chair in Economic Freedom
  • O’Neill Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Southern Methodist University
  • Claudia Williamson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Economics, Mississippi State University

Named for economist and sixth Beloit College President Miller Upton, the Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations is Beloit’s premier residency program in economics. It focuses student research and events around the work of a different scholar in the discipline each year.

For more information on the Miller Upton Forum, visit