Speaker Series

Fall 2018

Nate Jensen – The Politics of State and Local Economic Development
November 13, 2018 – College of Business Auditorium – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Nathan Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin. He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies and business-government relations, among other things. He is the author of a book Incentives to Pander: How Politicians Use Corporate Welfare for Political Gain, which explains the political incentives for economic subsidies.

Olivia Gonzalez – Arkansas’s Fiscal Health and Ranking
November 29, 2018 – College of Business Auditorium – 1:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Olivia Gonzalez is the co-author of a report titled “Ranking of the States by Fiscal Condition.” This report measures how well each state can meet short-range and long-range spending expectations. She is a research associate at Mercatus and her research focuses on public finance issues and economic development, among other things. Gonzalez has authored numerous policy briefs on state and local policy, and her work has been cited in various media outlets, including US News & World Report, the Tribune News Service, Real Clear Policy, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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