News and Happenings

December 21, 2021

The Science and Policy Choices of Mask Mandates

In an article about the effectiveness of mask mandates, Hammond Institute director Howard Wall argues that vaccines make mandates less relevant and even more unpopular in Missouri.

December 8, 2021

The Mask Mandate Study That Never Was

Hammond Institute director Howard Wall was NewsTalkSTL discussing the misuse of data during the Covid pandemic for political purposes.

September 23, 2021

It's the Vaccine, Stupid

Op-Ed by CEE Senior Fellow Rik Hafer describes how vaccination, including employer mandates, are key to a sustained economic recovery.

September 15, 2021

The Fed’s Record of Failure With Quantitative Easing

CEE Senior Research Fellow Dan Thornton's letter in the Wall Street Journal argues that the Fed's distortion of credit allocation has been largely ineffective.

June 18, 2021

Higher Inflation Likely to Last

Op-Ed: CEE Director Rik Hafer and CEE Senior Research Gerald Dwyer tackle the question of inflation, warning that the Fed needs to act before inflation gets uncomfortably high.

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.

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 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.

February 18, 2021

Eroding Trust Can Also Erode the U.S. Economy

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer argues that rebuilding trust will be critical not only for our politics but also to shore up the foundations of our economic system.

December 20, 2021

The Cares Act is the Main Inflation Culprit

Senior Research Fellow Dan Thornton's letter in the Wall Street Journal equates the Cares Act with a monetary helicopter drop, and blames it for our current inflation woes.

December 1, 2021

New Name, Revised Mission

Reflecting a revised mission and strategic plan for the University, the Center for Economics and the Environment is now the Center for Applied Economics.

September 16, 2021

Hammond Institute Among the Top-Ranked for Research

The latest rankings of economics researchers place the Institute among the top 9% of departments in the world, 10th in the West North Central Region, and 4th in Missouri.

July 6, 2021

Opinion: Rising Inflation Rate Spurs Monetary Policy Debate

Springfield Business Journal Op-Ed discussing of the inflation warnings from CEE director Rik Hafer and CEE senior research fellow Gerald Dwyer.

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 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 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.

February 21, 2021

Missouri's Economy Tied to Education Levels

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer outlining the importance of education to Missouri's economic prospects

February 9, 2021

The GameStop Revolution and the $15 Minimum Wage

Hammond Institute director, Howard Wall, was a guest on the Show-Me Institute's podcast discussing the GameStop revolution and the proposal to raise the national minimum wage to $15.