College of Social Sciences

Welcome to the DeVoe L. Moore Center

The DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University is an interdisciplinary unit in the College of Social Sciences that is dedicated to increasing knowledge and public understanding about the role of government in a market economy. The Center emphasizes the study of how government rules, regulations, and programs affect the economy and individuals. Bringing the insights of economics, political science, and public administration to the study of state and local regulations is a major focus of the Center's efforts.

William and Helen Diehl Social Enterprise Competition
Business plan development grants were awarded to 11 promising projects on June 15, 2014 by the Selection Committee. The projects represent initiatives in a wide range of places and communities, including Florida, California, Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Haiti. These projects now advance to the second phase of the competition by developing and submitting a complete business plan to the Selection Committee by September 30, 2014. As many as four projects will be selected from this group to receive first-year seed money of up to $50,000. Contact the Project Manager, Joanna Douglas, at or (850) 644-7649 for additional information. Updates can also be found here.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellows Announced!
Congratulations to Brian Meehan (economics) and Annet Forkink (urban and regional planning) for their selection as DeVoe Moore Center Doctoral Research Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year! Brian's research will examine the impact of occupational licensing on labor markets using the case of the private security industry. Annet's research will evaluate the impacts of a government advocated evaluation tool on land-use planning in Florida.

Call for undergraduate research proposals!
Winners receive $2,500 stipend plus travel, registration and lodging expenses to attend the Association of Private Enterprise Education annual conference in Cancun, Mexico in 2015. Click here for more details.

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