Center for Study of Public Choice Celebrates 20 Years at Mason

Posted: April 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

The university community is invited to the 20th anniversary celebration of the Center for Study of Public Choice tomorrow from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. A reception follows in Dewberry Hall. Speakers include President Alan Merten; BOV Rector Edwin Meese; President Emeritus George Johnson; former Senior Vice President Wade Gilley; Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Buchanan; noted economists and faculty members Vernon Smith and Gordon Tullock; and Administrative Director Betty Tillman.

“The event will reflect the origins and accomplishments of the center and its contributions to the intellectual life, reputation, and development of Mason,” says Mark Crain, center director and professor of economics. “During the center’s 20 years at Mason, doctoral degrees have been conferred to 140 students working under the direction of center-affiliated faculty members. In addition, the center has hosted 185 visiting scholars from 29 countries during its tenure at Mason. We look forward to welcoming many of these graduates and former visitors back to campus to celebrate the center’s anniversary.”

The center’s research and education programs are widely acclaimed and noted for innovative applications of economic analysis to the study of political institutions and decision-making in the public sector. The center moved from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to Mason’s Fairfax Campus in 1983.

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