• The most famous law in economics, and the one economists are most sure of, is the law of demand. On this law is built almost the whole edifice of economics.
    David R. Henderson
  • 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
  • A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
    Mark Twain
  • "Every individual intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his original intention. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of society more effectively than when he really intends to promote it."
    Adam Smith (1776)
  • 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
  • Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors. If those taxes are excessive, they are reflected in idle factories, in tax-sold farms, and in hordes of hungry people tramping streets and seeking jobs in vain.
    Franklin Roosevelt
  • 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
  • From the point of view of physics, it is a miracle that [seven million New Yorkers are fed each day] without any control mechanism other than sheer capitalism.
    John H. Holland
  • If you had your life to live over again - you'd need more money.
    Construction Digest
  • "What's the single most important thing to learn from an economics course today? What I tried to leave my students with is the view that the invisible hand is more powerful than the hidden hand. Things will happen in well-organized efforts without direction, controls, plans. That's the consensus among economists. That's the Hayek legacy."
    Lawrence Summers (U.S. Treasury)

Location
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250 S. Woodward Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Contact
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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.

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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.

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Dr. Holcombe began her teaching career at the University of Montevallo, a small liberal arts university located just south of Birmingham, AL. From Montevallo, she moved back to Auburn to teach for a few years before ... read more »