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Economic Liberalism and the Free Society in the Developing World
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Free. Lunch and a closing reception are included.

San Jose State University
Engineering Auditorium, Room 189
1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192

Emily C. Skarbek
Emily C. Skarbek is Research Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation (COEI) and COEI’s Government Cost Calculator at at the Independent Institute and Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, and she has been an F.A. Hayek Scholar and is the recipient of the Don Lavoie Memorial Award.
Co-hosted with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, this one-day conference features the Independent Institute’s Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation Director Emily Skarbek. Attendees will hear exciting talks that shed light on the movement toward economic liberty in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, and will discuss ways in which developing countries can achieve economic prosperity. With violent conflicts raging around the world, the day will be centered on answering this vital question: “What policies, resources, and institutions promote economic liberalization in less-developed countries struggling with political instability?” Join us for what promises to be a provocative and illuminating tour of the developing world.


9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Douglas Minson, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
10:15 a.m.
“Globalism, Governance and the Extended Order of Exhcange”
Emily Skarbek, Research Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation, The Independent Institute; Professor of Economics at San Jose State University
11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m.
“How Free Trade Agreements and Trade Liberalization Have Impacted the Economic and Political Situations in Latin America“
Roberto Blum, Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquin
12:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
“Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa”
June Arunga, Founder and President at Open Quest Media
2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m.
“What Should Be a Culture of Enterprise in an Age of Globalism: Realizing Freedom in the Middle East”
Tom Palmer, Senior Fellow at Cato Institute and Vice President for International Programs at Atlas Economic Research Foundation
4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Douglas Minson, Intercollege Studies Institute
4:15 p.m.

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