Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

Dedicated to providing economics research and education to the students, faculty, and community of Western Carolina University.
Our Work

Covid-19 Research 

Evidence-based policy, impact analyses, and bottom-up solutions for post-Covid recovery.

 

Faculty Affiliates

Faculty from across campus working on issues important in their disciplines and to the communities in our region.

For the Community

Integrating the work of faculty and students with needs in the community where they are greatest.

 

Director’s Blog

Thoughts from our Founding Director, Dr. Edward Lopez, and invited contributors.

Meet Heidi Dent

Meet Heidi Dent

Heidi is an assistant professor of marketing in WCU's College of Business. Prior to arriving at Western, she worked in industry for 25 years. In April 2020, she finished her Doctorate in Business Administration from Jacksonville University after selling the company...

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Meet Craig Richardson

Meet Craig Richardson

Happy fall, everyone. We want to begin to introduce the newest Faculty Affiliates of our 2021-22 cohort. Last week, CSFE Content Marketing Specialist, Allie Todd, talked with Faculty Affiliate Craig Richardson about his work as director of the Center for the Study of...

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Catching up with Tyler Tarbet

Catching up with Tyler Tarbet

We occasionally use this blog to catch up with our former students who are now on to great things. Today, we are “Catching up with Tyler Tarbet.” Tyler is a 2018 graduate of Western Carolina University who majored in computer information systems and minored in...

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What’s New

Our New Annual Report, 2020-21

Our New Annual Report, 2020-21

Check out our new annual report, just released today! In the summer of 2020, as we sat down amidst those uncertain times to hash out plans for the 2020-21 academic year, I wrote the following vision...

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