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Dr. Harold A. Black Academic Conference and Special Issue of Public Choice

The PERI is pleased to announce an upcoming academic conference to honor and build upon the important scholarship of Dr. Harold A. Black, Professor Emeritus at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. We are now accepting paper proposals for this academic conference set for Sept. 8-10, 2022, in Chattanooga, TN. Accepted papers will be considered for a special issue of Public Choice. This conference is co-sponsored by the Probasco Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, the Haslam College of Business at UTK.

DeckerPERI welcomes Jarett Decker as new affiliated faculty member at MTSU

The Political Economy Research Institute is honored to welcome Jarett Decker, J.D., CPA, as a new PERI affiliated scholar. Decker was recently appointed as the Joey Jacobs Chair of Excellence in Accounting at the Jones College of Business at MTSU. As a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant, Decker has more than two decades of global experience in financial transparency regulation and enforcement, governance, financial fraud investigations, and legal and institutional reform. He most recently served as an independent global consultant and Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Miami School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Accounting at Nova Southeastern University. Previously serving as Head of the World Bank's Centre for Financial Reporting Reform, Decker led a team of experts in Vienna, Austria while providing advice and technical assistance to reform corporate and public-sector financial reporting in emerging market economies. He has held previous leadership positions in the enforcement divisions of the PCAOB and the SEC in the U.S. As the first person to serve as Deputy Director and Chief Trial Counsel at the PCAOB, he was responsible for establishing and overseeing the PCAOB's disciplinary litigation program.  He is a contributing writer for Reason magazine and is a former Cato adjunct scholar.

Decker and Urban join a growing list of accomplished scholars affiliated with the PERI, including:


Mission of the PERI

Established in late 2016, the Political Economy Research Institute is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the University Honors College, established with initial seed money from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The mission of the institute is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research that will further the understanding of business and economic principles, as well as their impact on regional, national, and international financial conditions and the well-being of society. To advance its mission, the PERI will engage in research and educational programs which uncover the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

Annual Reports

Check out the PERI's annual reports below to learn more about the our student-centric mission at MTSU.

2020-21 Report2019-20 Report

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