News and Happenings

December 12, 2020

Economic Freedom in Missouri Improves

Op-ed by CEE Director Rik Hafer explains how Missouri' fares in the latest Economic Freedom in North American report from the Fraser Institute.

November 19, 2020

The Hammond Institute Joins the Fraser Institute's EFNA Network

The Hammond Institute is proud to announce our membership in the Economic Freedom in North America (EFNA) Network, based at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada.

November 13, 2020

The Hammond Institute Joins "Think Tank Thursday"

Since September, Institute director Howard Wall has been a monthly guest on the Gary Nolan Show’s “Think Tank Thursday,” which highlights the work of think tanks across the country.

October 29, 2020

COVID-19 and its Policy Trade-Offs: An Assessment

Watch the video of this event, a discussion of the pluses and minuses of various approaches to handling the coronavirus pandemic. Part of the HF Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series.

October 16, 2020

Like It or Not, It Is Time for Action

Op-ed by CEE director Rik Hafer arguing that whoever wins the election will face a formidable task in righting the economy. Our op-eds appear in publications across Missouri and elsewhere.

October 7, 2020

Hammond Institute Speakers Go Virtual

Our first virtual event is part of the HF Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series, and is on a topic that is near and not-so dear to our hearts: COVID-19 and the Policy Trade-Offs.

September 15, 2020

The Economy Isn’t Roaring Back

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer that has appeared in the Charlotte Observer and many other outlets discussing the state of the economy during the pandemic. Our op-eds appear in publications across Missouri and elsewhere.

August 14, 2020

Black Lives Matter: Creating a Better Future

Rachel Ferguson, director of the Liberty & Ethics Center, was a panelist in The Voices of Culture Lecture Series at the University of Arizona's Freedom Center. The virtual event also featured Dr. Anthony Bradley of The Kings College.

July 24, 2020

This is a Time to Give it a Shot

The EEC's associate director, Grant Black, was interviewed for his views on "(w)hy many see the pandemic as the right time to start a business" in the St. Louis Business Journal (subscription required)

June 20, 2020

A Tale of Two States: Rural and Urban Missouri

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer asking whether MO's urban-rural divide explains the state's slow growth. Our op-eds appear in publications across the state.

May 28, 2020

Rainbow Trout Still a Keeper 140 Years Later

CEE Director Rik Hafer discusses his new book on the history of trout in Missouri.

May 8, 2020

Government in a Post-Pandemic World

Op-Ed from CEE Director, Rik Hafer. The evidence just doesn’t support the view that a larger, more intrusive government would solve the ills we confront.

May 4, 2020

Inflation and Coronavirus Monetary Policies

CEE Senior Fellow Gerald Dwyer: Not knowing the relationship between monetary policy and inflation is a risky way to conduct monetary policy. Maybe everything will work out fine; maybe not.

April 29, 2020

International Award for Hammond Institute Associate Director

Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education, has received the 2020 Patricia Elder International Award "outstanding and dedicated service and leadership" with "a significant impact on the delivery or enhancement of economic education throughout the world."

April 25, 2020

What's the Trade-­off For Homeschoolers?

"Come out of your elite enclave and visit a few of us. You might be surprised at how diverse we really are." Rachel Ferguson, Director of the Liberty & Ethics Center.

April 20, 2020

DECA Team Earns Lindenwood's Outstanding Academic Award

The award goes to a student organization tied to an academic department, which continuously operates with professionalism, dedication, and service.

April 10, 2020

Higher Education Takes Brunt of Governor’s Spending Freeze

Op-Ed by CEE director Rik Hafer on the effect on the economy of cuts to higher ed budgets.

April 3, 2020

Preparing for Financial Dips

Op-Ed by associate director Tawni Ferrarini offers recommendations to help Missouri residents and business owners prepare for financial dips in the economy.

March 24, 2020

A Case for Proactive Policies

Op-Ed by Rik Hafer: The resilience of the American people and the U.S. economy, combined with these temporary measures by the government, will get us through the pandemic and its economic consequences.

March 6, 2020

Youth Entrepreneurship Presentations at Hazelwood West HS

The Hammond Institute provided panelists, including John and Barbara Hammond, for the Youth Entrepreneurship program at Hazelwood West High School.

February 21, 2020

Voting Rights in Missouri

Jeanie Thies, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, was featured on St. Louis Public Radio: More Than 6,000 Missourians on Probation or Parole Can’t Vote – Some Want to Lift the Ban.

December 2, 2020

The Hammond Institute Mourns the Loss of Walter Williams

The Hammond Institute mourns the loss of one of its great friends, Dr. Walter Williams, who passed away yesterday. Walter visited the Institute in 2019 for the event “Is the Constitution Still Relevant?

November 16, 2020

Trump's Tariffs Tank Jobs

Op-ed by CEE Director Rik Hafer evaluates and explains why higher tariffs have had the opposite of their intended effects on jobs and the economy.

November 3, 2020

Missourians With Felony Convictions Want To Vote

Jeanie Thies, coordinator of the Hammond Institute's Criminal Justice Initiative, was interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the voting rights of those with felony convictions.

October 22, 2020

Senior Research Fellow Dale Walton Profiled In LindenGold

Dale Walton, associate professor of International Relations and senior research fellow in the Hammond Institute, discusses his varied experience and the evolution of his teaching and research

October 9, 2020

Teachers Can be Financially Fit

A new book, co-authored by Economic Education Center director Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, offers common-sense financial advice to educators on how they can take advantage of their profession's distinctive characteristics to succeed financially.

September 15, 2020

COVID-19 by Age in Missouri

Analysis from the Hammond Institute of the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on older Missourians, especially those aged 80 and older.

September 9, 2020

Lindenwood University's Roaring Return to Campus

Along with the rest of the Lindenwood campus, the Hammond Institute is readying for a Roaring Return to a re-opened campus to start the Fall 2020 semester.

August 5, 2020

John Lewis Learned Good Trouble from the Black Church

LEC Director Rachel Ferguson's expert commentary in The Bridge: "Many elites want to talk about racial justice but can’t comprehend the centrality of the church to the Black American experience."

July 6, 2020

Podcast: Can St. Louis Recover From COVID-19?

Hammond Institute director Howard Wall joins the Show-Me Institute podcast to talk about the future of the St. Louis economy.

June 9, 2020

Hammond Institute Among the World's Elite in Economics

Based on the quality and impact of its economics research, the Hammond Institute is among the top 9 percent of institutions in the world. Only three other academic institutions in Missouri rank higher.

May 8, 2020

Trump’s Base Escapes the Worst of Job Losses

Hammond Institute director Howard Wall's research cited to compare the demographics of the Great Recession to that of the current employment crisis. Politico

May 6, 2020

Businesses Reopen in MO as State Records Jump in Virus Cases

Hammond Institute's Howard Wall: “I suspect a lot of people will still be wary and won’t be venturing out too much.”

May 1, 2020

New Issue of the Missouri Policy Journal

This special issue is part of the CEE's Missouri Growth Project and focuses on the state's urban-rural divide. Topics include population growth, entrepreneurship, and earnings taxes.

April 29, 2020

Economic Episodes in American History - Pandemic Economics

"Fully understanding the potential future economic impact of the virus is difficult, as spread of a disease on this scale is unprecedented in the modern world."

April 24, 2020

What To Watch While Sheltering At Home?

Bored of watching old sporting events? Don’t have enough time to binge-watch multiple episodes of that series everyone says you should watch? We can help.

April 14, 2020

No Time Like the Present to Be a Family with Economic Common Sense

Op-Ed by Grant Black. "While this may feel like the worst of times to many, it is a perfect time to teach children the principles & practices that can prepare them to live comfortable, secure lives."

April 8, 2020

Coronavirus and Local Job Loss

Op-Ed by CE director Rik Hafer arguing that "early forecasts see it getting worse before it gets better" but "all areas of the country or the state will not, however, suffer the same employment losses."

March 29, 2020

The Power of Civil Society: Lessons from a Pandemic

Op-Ed by LEC director Rachel Ferguson: "Don't wait for the planners to tell you what to do. Get on your social networking platforms or call someone who can...We are more powerful than we think."

March 11, 2020

The Economics of the Coronavirus

Howard Wall and Tawni Ferrarini visited the Capitol to talk about the economic effects of the pandemic. Part of the Common Sense for Legislators program.

February 24, 2020

2020 Conference of the Missouri Council for the Social Studies

Grant Black, associate director of the EEC, presented “Election Economics” on February 22 at the 2020 Conference of the MO Council for the Social Studies held at the Missouri History Museum.

February 19, 2020

Overhaul Capitalism to Save the Middle Class?

Op-ed by EEC director Rik Hafer.