Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

Dedicated 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.

For Students

CSFE offers scholarships, fellowships, post-baccalaureate opportunities, and educational lectures for students

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For Faculty

Access information, tools, and classroom materials / lesson plans designed for educational professionals of all levels.

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For the Community

CSFE offers grants to individuals hoping to advance economic understanding through peer-reviewed research and public promotion.

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The Director’s Blog

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

Director’s Welcome

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,...

Podcast S1, E6: Ann Bennett

Dr. Edward Lopez and Center research assistant Ann Bennett discuss interdisciplinary studies at Western Carolina University.

Amity Shlaes and Roy Cordato: Federal Tax Reform: Good Enough? Far Enough? Fair Enough?

Posted by Center for the Study of Free Enterprise on Monday, April 16, 2018

Free Enterprise Speaker Series presents “Federal Tax Reform: Good Enough? Far Enough? Fair Enough?” With discussion lead by four time NY Times Best Selling Author Amity Shlaes and Senior Economist Roy Cordato.

Upcoming Events

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