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Spending My Money or Your Money: How The Incentives Change


Dr. Jayme Lemke, George Mason University
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT

Public Choice Theory is the study of how people make decisions when they are spending public money.  What are the incentives that lead voters or legislators to spend our public tax dollars and the implications for the federal debt and deficit?  Dr. Lemke will discuss the incentives at play and why outcomes of public choices are likely to be different than outcomes of private choices.

Jayme Lemke (Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University) is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Her specialization is in public choice economics, constitutional political economy, and the political economy of women’s rights. In addition to her work on the evolution of women’s economic rights and opportunities in United States history, Jayme has written on public choice and institutional theory as applied to policing, higher education and other local public services.

Following a 45 minute presentation, Dr. Lemke will take Q&A from the audience. The webinar is scheduled to last 60 minutes.