James Gwartney (1940-2024) spent his career spreading knowledge about the benefits of economic freedom. He co-authored two widely-adopted textbooks—Economics: Private and Public Choice and Common Sense Economics; pioneered empirical analysis of the positive relationship between economic freedom and growth with the Economic Freedom of the World Index; and was a beloved classroom teacher and mentor for over half a century.

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Tawni Hunt Ferrarini is the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at Lindenwood University, where she is also the director of the Economic Education Center.
Joseph P. Calhoun is the chair of the Economics Department at Florida State University and director of the Stavros Center for Economic Education.
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