William J. O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom

Downtown Dallas Wide

O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom


Upcoming Public Events:

  • Garrett Jones, Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center will deliver a public lecture on his latest book, Hive Mind: Why Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own, on Thursday, September 29, 2016, time and place t.b.d.
  • The 2016 Annual Conference will be held from 8:30-1:30 on Friday, November 11, 2016 on the theme, "Capitalism: Curse or Cure?" Matthew Ridley (author of The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything) will deliver the luncheon keynote address. Other speakers will include W. Michael Cox (co-author of The Myths of Rich and Poor), Alex Epstein (author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels), Robert Gordon (author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth), Sylvia Nasar (author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit), and Marian Tupy (editor of HumanProgress.org). $150 per person. Register here.

About Us

The O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom was made possible through the generosity of SMU Alumnus William J. "Bill" O'Neil (BBA, '55) and his wife Fay C. O'Neil. The focus of the O'Neil Center is the study of the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy. 

In short, the center studies why some economies grow and others fail. The main goals of the center are to:

  • conduct economic research on the nature of, causes, and consequences of economic freedom and other topics related to global prosperity.
  • provide economic education to students and the wider public on the principles of an open, competitive, and free economy.


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