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Attention High School Students!

Please join us November 17, 2023 for our PPEfest event at Ottawa University

On Friday, November 17th the Gwartney Institute will be welcoming high school students to campus for our third annual PPEfest (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). We will be welcoming Dr. Rosemarie Fike whose research is about women’s rights and economic freedom. Dr. Fike will engage in activities with the students and be our keynote speaker for the evening. Attached is a schedule of the event, along with incentives we are offering to the high students who are interested in these studies.

We are also incentivizing teachers who attend and bring high school students to the event with a $100 honorarium. Here is the sign-up link:


Russ McCullough, PhD

Russ McCullough, PhD

Wayne D. Angell Distinguished Chair of Economics
Professor of Economics

Justin Clarke, PhD

Justin Clarke, PhD

Menard Family Professor of Philosophy & Ethics
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Peter Jacobsen, PhD

Peter Jacobsen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economic Education
Gwartney Professor of Economic Education and Research


By 2030, the Gwartney Institute will be known for its alumni, supporters, and participants who incorporate economic understanding with their faith in their careers, vocations, communities, and personal lives. The Institute will be a nationally-recognized source for knowledge and contributions to student experience, society's understanding of private and public solutions to poverty, and the overlap of markets, governance, and faith. Young audiences will look to the Institute for challenging and engaging education on faith and economics.


Create a unique scholarly environment for the examination and study of economic freedom and social justice and their role in the advancement of human flourishing. The Institute will promote clarity in the understanding of both economic freedom and social justice, communicating their contribution to more purposeful, creative, and satisfying lives. Because of their central role in the interaction among people, social institutions - along with the economic, political, religious, and cultural factors that shape them - will be a central focus of the Institute.

PPE League Materials

PPE League Preparation Documents:

PPE League Reader 2024 (Click Here)

Example Commercials:

Pittsburg State Commercial 2022

Emporia State Commercial 2022

Ottawa Commercial 2022

Example Policy Case Presentations:

Park Policy Case 2022

Ottawa Policy Case 2022


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Gwartney Institute scholars conduct research on a wide array of subjects consistent with our mission.

We focus primarily on political economy, theoretical economics, and current policy issues that impact human flourishing.

Published Papers

This collection is comprised peer-reviewed research articles intended to make novel scholarly contributions to the body of economic knowledge.

Working Papers Series

This collection is comprised of research articles intended to make novel scholarly contributions to the body of economic knowledge

  • Julian Simon teaches us the Coase theorem (with R. Candela). Peter Jacobsen, Gwartney Institute, Ottawa University


Interview with Dr. James Gwartney


Dr. James D. Gwartney holds the position of Distinguished economics Professor Emeritus and previously held the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directed the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice, (South-Western Cengage Learning, 2014), a widely used principles of economics text that is now in its 15th edition. He is also the co-author of Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin's Press, 2010), a primer on economics and personal finance designed for the interested layperson. Throughout his career, he has published more than 100 scholarly articles. His publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics and the Journal of Economic Education and popular media such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Economic education has been a focal point of his career. In recent years, he has worked with a team to develop an exciting Economics for Life course that uses videos, interactive exercises, online readings, and PowerPoint slides to make economics come alive for even students with little initial interest in the subject. His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington.

His research has focused on the measurement and determination of factors that influence cross-country differences in income levels and growth rates. In this regard, he is the co-author of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the consistency of institutions and policies with economic freedom for more than 150 countries. This data set, published by a worldwide network of institutes in 80 countries, is widely used by scholars investigating topics ranging from economic growth to peaceful relations among nations. During 1999-2000, he served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U. S. Congress. He was invited by the incoming Putin Administration in March 2000 to make presentations and have discussions with leading Russian economists concerning the future of the Russian economy. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free market ideals. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala. He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education.


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