The Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise is a research and education center that examines market-oriented approaches to economic and social issues. 


May 19, 2021

New Leadership for the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship

Quentin Ortega has been hired to oversee ITEN and The Duree Center for Entrepreneurship, both housed within the Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship.

April 5, 2021

Freedom from the Law?

LEC director Rachel Ferguson is featured on the Faith and Economics podcast from the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University. The podcast talks about how old testament laws can shape Christians today.

April 1, 2021

Federal Reserve’s Mission Creep Abets Congress’s Spending

CEE senior fellow Dan Thornton has a letter in the Wall Street Journal about whether Congress should rein in the Fed while also adjusting its growth targets.

March 31, 2021

COVID-19 in Missouri and the St. Louis Metro Area

Handy visual resources to illustrate trends and patterns of COVID-19 in Missouri and the St. Louis area. Updated as new data become available.

March 24, 2021

What is Holding Missouri Back?

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer describes how sputtering metropolitan area economies of St. Louis and Kansas City have kept MIssouri from realizing its potential.

March 23, 2021

The Case for Black Conservatism

LEC director Rachel Ferguson's piece in Discourse that makes the case for black conservatism and conservatives should celebrate and support black achievement and success.


April 22, 2021

The Future of


This virtual panel in the HF Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series, with Lawrence White of George Mason University and David Andolfatto of the St. Louis Fed.

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Economic Education Center Events and Webinars

Pandemic-resistant events from the EEC! Check out the Upcoming Workshops, Webinars, and Other Programs, Including Common Sense Economics.

February 25, 2021

The Slow Work of Revitalizing
St. Louis

Lucas Rouggly & Lenny Barber from LOVEtheLOU will discuss their own friendship and their shared vision for their Vandeventer and Kingsway West neighbors.

December 2, 2020

After the Drug War: Marijuana and Narcotics Legalization in the US

Virtual panel discussion in the Public Policy Forum. Why have public attitudes toward drugs changed so much, and what are the possibilities going forward?


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