• Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.
    Richard Lamm
  • Capitalism, the system of private property and free markets, is not only a system of freedom and of natural justice - which tends in spite of exceptions to distribute rewards in accordance with production - but it is a great co-operative and creative system that has produced for our generation an affluence that our ancestors did not dare dream of.
    Henry Hazlitt
  • If you had your life to live over again - you'd need more money.
    Construction Digest
  • The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • Competition is conducive to the continuous improvements of industrial efficiency. It leads…producers to eliminate wastes and cut costs so that they may undersell others…. It weeds out those whose costs remain high and thus operates to concentrate production in the hands of those whose costs are low.
    Clair Wilcox
  • We can loan you enough money to get you completely out of debt.
    Sign on Bank
  • The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business and invest it in tax-exempt securities or to find other lawful methods of avoiding the realization of taxable income. The result is that the sources of taxation are drying up; wealth is failing to carry its share of the tax burden; and capital is being diverted into channels which yield neither revenue to the Government nor profit to the people.
    Andrew Mellon
  • Capitalism and Communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: “No man should have so much.” The capitalist, seeing the same thing says: “All men should have as much.”
    Phelps Adams
  • Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
    Frederic Bastiat
  • In the early stages of the Keynesian revolution, macroeconomists emphasized fiscal policy as the most powerful and balanced remedy for demand management. Gradually, shortcomings of fiscal policy became apparent. The shortcomings stem from timing, politics, macroeconomic theory, and the deficit itself.
    Paul A. Samuelson and William D. Nordhaus

Gus A. Stavros Center
250 S. Woodward Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32306

(850) 644-4772
(850) 644-9866 (Fax)

Welcome to the home page of the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University.

The Center is a member of the Council for Economic Education, and as a Council member, assumes responsibility for furthering economic education both in schools and among community groups in its service area.

Common Sense: Economics for Life! course package We are seeking to identify and cooperate with instructors interested in offering the course at their school
CSE_course_package.pdf19.26 KB
workshop_flyer_february_2014.pdf41.61 KB

Excellence in Economic Education (EEE)

Designed to promote excellence in the teaching of economics, the EEE program seeks to bring economic excitement alive for both students and teachers.

Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise (SPEFE)

The SPEFE program focuses on research that enhances the understanding of the institutions and policies supportive of free enterprise.


misaac's thumbnail picture