Center for Economic Freedom

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Inspired by Milton Friedman and his passion for freedom of markets and individual choice, the Center for Economic Freedom has the following mission and goals:

The role of economic freedom in encouraging prosperity and growth is a long-debated principle. The mission of the Center for Economic Freedom at Roanoke College is to explore this principle with the Roanoke College community in a liberal arts setting. Through reading, writing, discussion, and lecture we seek to examine the classically liberal knowledge base and develop the critical thinking and communication skills to share findings effectively with others. (updated Aug. 4, 2017.) 

To those ends our program goals are:

  • Promote an environment of educated discourse and discovery
  • Explore the role of economic freedom and individual rights in prosperous societies 
  • Motivate students to actively seek opportunities in classically liberal minded scholarship and service 
  • Develop a network of alumni and friends that remain active in the Center for Economic Freedom

WHAT WOULD FRIEDMAN SAY? CONTEST

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Roanoke Valley Craft Breweries Government Regulation and Society

The Center for Economic Freedom invites you to join us for a panel including six Roanoke Valley Craft Breweries.  The topic of the panel discussion is the interaction with government and society.  The panel discussion is led by Dr. Michael Enz (Assistant Professor of Economics, Roanoke College) and participating breweries include Deschutes, Parkway, Soaring Ridge, Flying Mouse, A Few Old Goats, and Olde Salem.  The event is April 10th from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Roanoke College Wortmann Ballroom.  All are welcome and no tickets are required.  Please visit the Center's social media sites for information and updates. 

Roanoke launches new Center for Economic Freedom

Inspired by economist Milton Friedman and his passion for free markets, the Center for Economic Freedom's mission is to educate students and the community on the freedom of markets and individual choice in a liberal arts setting. Dr. Alice Kassens, will direct the Center. 

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Dr. Art Laffer, Economist and Member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board

Dr. Art Laffer, the father of supply-side economics and the Laffer Curve, will speak on the U.S. economy followed by a Q&A led by Center for Economic Freedom's Director, Dr. Alice Louise Kassens.

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Date | Time: Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College

Annual opportunities include:

  • Ungergraduate Economics Reading Group
  • Speaker Series 
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantship
  • Undergraduate Economic Freedom Group
  • Undergraduate Seminar Travel Fund
  • Milton Friedman Remembrance Day
  • Economic Freedom Library 
  • Faculty Reading Group

Want to learn more? Visit the Center for Economic Freedom Facebook and Twitter account.

Contact us at freedom@roanoke.edu.