Keeping the Texas Economy Strong

The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom was established at SMU Cox in 2008 by William J. “Bill” O’Neil (BBA, ’55) and his wife Fay C. O’Neil to study the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy.

Texas and its big cities lead the nation in creating jobs and building wealth. This Friday the O’Neil Center will host a conference highlighting “Keeping the Texas Economy Strong.”

Conference speakers will examine Texas’ dynamic economic model, the opportunities it generates for businesses and entrepreneurs, and the threats it faces from advocates of big government.  Speakers will include:

  • George Will
    Syndicate columnist, television commentator, keen observer of the American scene
  • Phil Gramm, former U.S. senator
    Why the Texas economy has been so strong and why it should serve as a model for the rest of the United States
  • Dean Stansel, co-author Economic Freedom of North America
    The “Texas model” ranks No. 1 in economic freedom, an important driver of growth, job creation and other measures
  • Michael Cox, founding director, O’Neil Center
    Economic freedom and the dynamism of Texas’ major metropolitan areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Houston
  • Brooke Rollins, president & CEO, Texas Public Policy Foundation
    The importance of free-market policies for strengthening the Texas economy over the next decade
  • James K. Galbraith, professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT-Austin
    The challenges and flaws in a Texas economic model that rests on small government and light regulation

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