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Keeping the Texas Economy Strong

Texas and its big cities lead the nation in creating jobs and building wealth. Conference speakers will examine Texas' dynamic economic model, the opportunities it generates for businesses and entrepreneurs, and the threats it faces from advocates of big government.

Luncheon Keynote: George Will
Syndicate columnist, television commentator, keen observer of the American scene

Friday, October 2, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
SMU Cox School of Business
James M. Collins Executive Education Center
Breakfast and luncheon included
$145 per person or $1450 for a table of 10

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  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am
    Registration and continental breakfast

  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am
    Robert Lawson, director, O’Neil Center Conference introduction

    Albert W. Niemi Jr., dean, SMU Cox School of Business Welcome

  • 8:45 am – 9:30 am
    Morning Keynote: Phil Gramm, former U.S. senator
    Why the Texas economy has been so strong and why it should serve as a model for the rest of the United States

  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am
    Dean Stansel, co-author Economic Freedom of North America
    The “Texas model” ranks No. 1 in economic freedom, an important driver of growth, job creation and other measures

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am
    W. Michael Cox, founding director, O’Neil Center
    Economic freedom and the dynamism of Texas’ major metropolitan areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Houston

  • 10:30 am – 10:50 am

  • 10:50 am – 11:20 am
    Brooke Rollins, president & CEO, Texas Public Policy Foundation
    The importance of free-market policies for strengthening the Texas economy over the next decade

  • 11:20 am – 11:50 am James K. Galbraith, professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT-Austin
    The challenges and flaws in a Texas economic model that rests on small government and light regulation

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    R. Gerald Turner, SMU president
    Luncheon Keynote: Columnist and TV commentator George Will




    O'Neil Center Econ Free Network Mtg

    This is the annual meeting of the Economic Freedom Network, which co-publishes the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) annual report. This two-day symposium attract scholars, policy experts and other friends of the EFW index.

    Location: SMU Cox School of Business
    Friday, October 2, 2015, Reception in The Dean’s Parlor (Fincher Building)
    Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. , 356 Maguire Building
    Sunday, October 4, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. , 356 Maguire Building

    $150 per person

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