Meg Tuszynski


Research Assistant Professor & Managing Director, Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom
PhD, Economics, George Mason University
MA, Economics, George Mason University
BA, Economics, Philosophy, George Mason University

Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom



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Meg Tuszynski is the Managing Director of the Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Cox School. Meg’s research interests primarily fall into two categories. One category of research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of variations in economic freedom across nations, states, and localities. A second strand of research seeks to advance our understanding of entangled political economy, which analyzes the inextricable intertwining of commercial and political interests. Meg has published research in Public Choice, the Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, and the American Journal of Entrepreneurship, among several others. She has also published popular pieces in outlets including Investors Business Daily, the Washington Examiner, the Dallas Morning News, and the Daily Caller.


BUSE 6202: Mangerial Economics

BUSE 6203: Macroeconomics


Austrian Economics

Public Choice

New Institutional Economics

Political Economy


“Economic Freedom and Growth, Income, Investment, and Inequality: A Quantitative Summary of the Literature” (with Robert Lawson and Vincent Miozzi), Southern Economic Journal, 202

“Rethinking Systems of Survival: Jane Jacobs Amplified via Complexity Theory” (Richard E. Wagner) in Elgar Handbook on Institutions and Complexity, 2024

“Entanglement and Perverse Spontaneous Orders” in Emergence, Entanglement, and Political Economy, 2020

“Immigration and State Institutions: Does Region of Origin Matter?” (with Dean Stansel) Cato Journal 40(3) Fall 2020: 625-664.

“Some Dynamics of Socioeconomic Relationships: Well-Being, Social Capital, Economic Freedom, Economic Growth, and Entrepreneurship” (with Ryan Murphy and Jeremy Jackson) American Journal of Entrepreneurship 13(1) June 2020: 4-44.

“Targeted State Economic Development Incentives and Entrepreneurship” (with Dean Stansel) Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy 7(3) 2018: 235-247.

“Sub-National Economic Freedom: A Review and Analysis of the Literature” (with Dean Stansel) Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy 48(1): 2018, 61-71.