Center for the Study of Free EnterpriseDedicated to providing economics research and education to the students, faculty, and community of Western Carolina University.
Who We Are
Launched in 2017 as a part of Western Carolina University, the Center for Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) supports our mission through scholarly inquiry and community engagement. We focus particularly on the areas of economic development, applied research, and free enterprise. We provide research support, student scholarship, teacher training and much more in an effort to promote interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration among faculty, students, and community members.
What We Do
We work to enrich lives in our region by supporting scholars, offering free educational activities for our community, and providing easy-to-access information on public policy and the role of free enterprise in a flourishing society. Explore our current projects, read more about specific issues affecting our region, and find out how to submit your own idea for funding.
Our second annual K12 teacher training workshop will be held on April 1, 2019 in Asheville, NC. This day-long professional development seminar is geared towards middle and high school social studies, and economics, and CTE teachers in North Carolina. The cost of the workshop is free and substitute teacher reimbursement is available.
For more information, and to register, please visit teachfinancenc.org
Thoughts from our Founding Director, Dr. Edward Lopez, and other invited contributors.
On Monday October 22, CSFE is hosting business icon and philanthropist Ken Langone as he visits WCU for the first time. Ken and I will do a fireside chat to discuss stories and ideas from his new memoir, I Love Capitalism: An American Story. I hope that people who...
I have been organizing the Free Enterprise Speaker Series (FESS) since I arrived here at WCU in 2012. I inherited it from my good friend Steve Miller, who was on faculty here with me for three years and is the reason I moved here from San Jose State. Over the years...
Welcome to the Director's blog here on the CSFE website. Even a few minutes of browsing will show that there is a broad range of content on this site. This breadth reflects the Center's tremendous growth since launching in early 2017. After its first year and a half,...
On November 12, 2018, The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise is presented our third installment of the 2018-19 Free Enterprise Speaker Series, Bus Stop Jobs: A Film-screening and Discussion about Poverty and Economic Mobility in North Carolina. The public event featured Dr. Craig Richardson, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at Winston-Salem State University.
Watch our livestream of the event below.
On October 25, 2018, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise presented our second installment of the 2018-19 Free Enterprise Speaker Series, Your Vote: Democracy in Decline. Presented by Professor Loren Lomasky, who considers himself a Churchillian democrat, this event explored the undersides of voting and troubling developments in democratic societies around the globe, from Turkey to Poland, Hungary to the Philippines, and here at home too.
Watch the Live Stream Below!
On October 22, 2018, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise hosted Ken Langone. The event was held as part of the University Distinguished Speaker Series. For more information about the event, visit langone.wcu.edu