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Through our Annual Report essays and work on the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World and Economic Freedom of North America reports the O'Neil Center aims to become a leading research center on the nature of, causes, and consequences of economic freedom. O'Neil Center faculty choose their own research topics and publication outlets. The O'Neil Center does not accept funding for contracted research.

2015-2016 Selected Academic Publications

  • Gwartney, J. and R. Lawson, and J Hall. Economic Freedom of the World: 2015 Annual Report.

  • Stansel, D. Economic Freedom of North America: 2015 Annual Report.

  • Lawson, R. and R. Murphy. "Does Antitrust Policy Promote Competition?" Applied Economics Letters

  • Heller, L., Lawson, R., R. Murphy, and C. Williamson. “Is Human Trafficking the Dark Side of Economic Freedom?” Defence and Peace Economics.

  • Lawson, R. “Can two observations confirm a theory? A comment on Max U versus Humanomics.” Journal of Institutional Economics.

  • Lawson, R. and S. Roychoudhury. "Do Travel Visa Requirements Impede Tourist Travel?" Journal of Economics and Finance.

  • Lawson, R. and E. F. Stephenson. “Why Statutory Incidence Matters.” Journal of Private Enterprise.

  • Lawson, R. and K. Lawson. “Good Cops, Bad Cops, Whatcha Gonna Do?” Journal of Private Enterprise.

  • Lawson, R., R. Murphy, and C. Williamson. “The Relationship Between Income, Economic Freedom, and BMI.” Public Health.

  • Ryan H. Murphy. “Rational Irrationality Across Institutional Contexts.” Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines.

  • Ryan H. Murphy. “A Short Empirical Note on State Misery Indexes.” Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy.

  • Ryan H. Murphy. "The Willingness-to-Pay for Caplanian Irrationality." Rationality and Society.

  • Ryan H. Murphy and Rick Weber. "Immigration Causes American Businesses to Fail and That Is a Good Thing." Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

  • Ryan H. Murphy and Jiawen Chen. "A Simple Empirical Investigation into the Optimal Size of the NGDP Target and Level Targeting." Journal of Economics and Finance.

  • Ryan H. Murphy. “A Short Empirical Note on State Misery Indexes.” Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy.

  • Ryan H. Murphy. “Measuring Economic Freedom: A Comparison of Two Major Sources: A Comment.” Journal of Private Enterprise.

2014-2015 Selected Academic Publications:

  • Gwartney, J. and R. Lawson, and J Hall. Economic Freedom of the World: 2014 Annual Report
  • Dwight Lee. “The Two Moralities of the Minimum Wage,” The Independent Review
  • Dwight Lee. “Buchanan and Tullock Ignore their own Contributions to Expressive Voting,” Public Choice
  • Dwight Lee. “Making the Case Against “Price Gouging” Laws: A Challenge and an Opportunity” The Independent Review
  • Dwight Lee. “In Remembrance of Gordon Tullock” Public Choice
  • Ryan H. Murphy. “What Do Recent Trends in Economic Freedom of the World Really Tell Us?” Economic Affairs
  • Ryan H. Murphy. “The Impact of Economic Inequality on Economic Freedom.” Cato Journal
  • Ryan H. Murphy. "Heterogeneous Moral Views in the Stateless Society" Libertarian Papers
  • Ryan H. Murphy. "The Plucking Model, the Great Recession, and Austrian Business Cycle Theory" Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
  • Benjamin Powell and Ryan H. Murphy. “Nutritional Efficiency Wages and Unemployment: Where’s the Beef?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • Ryan H. Murphy. “Unconventional Confidence Bands in the Literature on the Government Spending Multiplier.” Econ Journal Watch
  • Ryan H. Murphy. “The Unconstrained Vision of Nassim Taleb.” The Independent Review
  • Powell, B, R. Lawson, A. Nowrasteh, J.R. Clark, and R. Murphy. “Does Immigration Impact Institutions?” Public Choice
  • Lawson, Robert. “Economic Freedom in the United States and Other Countries” in What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity
  • Lawson, Robert and Ryan Murphy. “Measuring Institutions and Policies Across Countries” in Economic Behavior, Economic Freedom, and Entrepreneurship
  • Lawson, R. “Freedom as Development: Reflections on James Gwartney’s Contributions to Measuring Institutions” in Joshua C. Hall (ed.) The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations: 2013-2014
  • Dwight Lee. “Freedom as a Public Good,” in Economic Behavior, Economic Freedom, and Entrepreneurship