The Distinguished Scholar Award is presented each year to a member of APEE who, over a sustained period of years, has made a significant contribution to the research and literature of free market economics, said J.R. Clark, secretary and treasurer of APEE, in announcing the honor.
“Recognizing that ideas which are not communicated are ideas which will have no impact, this award is presented to members who excel as thinkers and communicators,” Clark said. “The award represents those who, by the dint of rigorous research and clear thinking, have communicated to their colleagues in academe and the public in general the fundamental understandings of the market economy and the system of entrepreneurship which is integral to it.”
Lopez accepted the award from APEE President Peter J. Boettke at the association’s annual conference April 15 in Las Vegas.
Lopez, who joined the faculty of WCU’s College of Business in August 2012, previously taught at San Jose State University for seven years, including a stint as associate professor of law and economics. He taught at the University of North Texas for seven years and was manager of public policy programs at the Mercatus Center, an economics research center at George Mason University, for two years. He also worked as a staff economist for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress in 1993 and 1994.
Lopez’s research focuses on comparisons of market, political and legal institutions. He has been widely published in journals such as the Review of Law and Economics, Public Choice and the Southern Economic Journal, and he is co-author of the book “Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change.”
The BB&T professorship was funded in 2008 through a $1 million pledge to WCU’s College of Business from the BB&T Foundation to support the study of leadership, ethics and capitalism. Half the gift was matched by the state to create the $1 million professorship endowment, while the remainder is being used to support student research and creative work in the areas of leadership, ethics and capitalism, and to support faculty members engaged in scholarly work in those same areas.
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