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October is Economic Education Month

Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation earlier this year that recognizes October as Economic Education Month in Tennessee.

The designation was petitioned for by the Tennessee Council on Economic and Free Enterprise Education, MTSU Department of Economics and Finance, and state Rep. Charlie Baum, an MTSU economics professor.




Welcome to our new PERI Fellows for Fall 2021!

We’re excited to welcome four new PERI Fellows joining us this fall: Sean Alvarez, Antón Chamberlin, Macy Scheck, and Nicholas Jensen! 
They will be joined by Dissertation Fellow Rania Al-Bawwab, third-year Ph.D. student Nicholas Reinarts, and second-year students Gabriel Benzecry, Shamsuddeen Nassarawa, and Caleb Watts. Learn more about their ongoing research here.


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Dr. Walker Todd joins PERI as affiliated faculty member

Welcome to new PERI affiliated faculty member Walker Todd, Ph.D., J.D., who has returned to MTSU as a lecturer for the Department of Economics and Finance. He previously worked for 20 years as an attorney, as well as a legal and research officer at the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Cleveland. A director and program organizer for the Committee for Monetary Research and Education, he was also an adjunct faculty member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, for 13 years. He has served as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary Financial Alternatives and is a trustee of the American Institute for Economic Research. He has published extensively in law and economics, specifically in the areas of monetary economics, financial institutional structures, and the history of property rights. He holds a Ph.D. in French from Columbia University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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Dr. Bryan Caplan named to PERI affiliated faculty

We are excited to welcome Dr. Bryan Caplan as our new affiliated scholar for the 2021-22 academic year! Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, a New York Times bestselling author, and a blogger at EconLog. As a PERI affiliated faculty member at the Jones College of Business, he will deliver several public lectures, participate in faculty seminars, and mentor graduate students. He will be giving a lecture, “Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing,” – on Sept. 30 with the Nashville Bastiat Society.  To learn more about his work as a top public choice economist, visit www.bcaplan.com.


3 fellowsPERI Dissertation Fellows named to new positions at area universities

Congratulations to our 2021 PERI Dissertation Fellows who have started new positions this fall:

Inhwa Kim, visiting assistant professor at Sam Houston State University
Protik Nandy, adjunct instructor at Cumberland University
Labanyalata Roy, lecturer at Kennesaw State University

We are proud to be producing the next generation of teacher/scholars to effectively convey the wisdom of sound economics!


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First PERI Fellow Emilia Suggs graduates from MTSU with Ph.D. in Economics

PERI/MTSU alum Dr. Emilia J. Suggs is the recipient of the 2021 James M. Buchanan Dissertation Award. The award for the best dissertation in political economy was presented by PERI Director Daniel Smith to recognize Emilia’s scholarly research on “Preference Identification and Political Participation in Alternative Voting Systems.” She has joined King University in Fall 2021 as an assistant professor in the School of Business, Technology, and Economics.


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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