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BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series - coming November 21, 2013


This invitation-only series features distinguished lecturers on subjects of economic interest. The subject of this lecture:
The Role of the State in Humanitarianism and the Wealth of Nations

Speakers and Sponsor

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Christopher Coyne is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is also the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, the Co-Editor of The Independent Review and the Book Review Editor of Public Choice. In 2008, he was named the Hayek Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center at Bowling Green State University.

Coyne is the author of Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails (2013, Stanford University Press), After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing). In addition, he has authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy studies.

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Peter J. Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University in 1989. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke taught at New York University. Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992- 1993 academic years and the F. A. Hayek Fellow in 2004 and 2006 at the London School of Economics. The author of numerous books and articles, he has a particular interest in the ways that institutional arrangements shape entrepreneurial behavior in transitioning, weak, and failed states. His publications include Why Perestroika Failed: The Politics and Economics of Socialist Transformation, Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy, Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School, Robust Political Economy for the 21st Century, and Living Economics: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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Peter T. Leeson is Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at George Mason University and the North American Editor of Public Choice. He is the author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates (Princeton University Press), Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better than You Think (Cambridge University Press), and more than 100 academic journal articles covering a wide range of topics in economics, politics, and law. Previously he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, a Visiting Fellow in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University, and the F.A. Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics.

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Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T) is a proud supporter of this lecture series.

BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is among the nation's top financial-holding companies with $183 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate more than 1,800 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

BB&T's operating strategy distinguishes it from other fi nancial holding companies. BB&T's banking subsidiaries are organized as a group of community banks, each with a regional president, which allows decisions to be made locally, close to the client. This also makes BB&T's client service more responsive, reliable and empathetic.

Since 1989, BB&T has completed the acquisition of more than 60 community banks and thrifts, more than 100 insurance agencies, and 35 non-bank financial services companies. This acquisition strategy has contributed signifi cantly to BB&T's success. BB&T currently has 30 locations in Southwest Florida.


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