Florida State University

DeVoe L. Moore Center

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Academic Programs


Assistantships for graduate and undergraduate students provide financial support for students to work closely with Center faculty on research projects and to contribute to reports that may appear in scholarly journals and books. See the Center Director for more information.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Center offers dissertation fellowships to doctoral students in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Students writing dissertations on subjects related to the Center’s mission are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact us via e-mail at devoemoorecenter@gmail.com

Market-Oriented Transit Reform

Florida State University’s Market-Oriented Transit Reform (MOTR) initiative is dedicated to providing resources and insight from research and best practices to citizens and policymakers focused on improving the productivity and performance of their public transit systems. The site intends to be a portal, or clearinghouse, on the entire range of initiatives that encompass market-oriented approaches to enhancing the effectiveness of transit systems. While our focus is on reform in the United States, this site will also spotlight case studies, perspectives, and applications from around the world.

Visit Florida State University’s Market-Oriented Transit Reform (MOTR) initiative at: http://www.coss.fsu.edu/transitreform/ .

Post-Doctoral Research Program

This program funds an additional year of study for outstanding graduates to research and write on issues in their specialty. See the Center Director for more information.

Research Matching Program

The DeVoe L. Moore Center is currently accepting research interest profiles for undergraduates. The matching program brings together faculty or graduate students seeking help with research projects and undergraduate students searching to gain knowledge and experience in research. Based on their skills set and interests, they can match themselves to each other!

Step 1: Visit Bellamy 150 to fill out a profile and receive more information
Step 2: Search the profiles of professors to explore potential matches.
Step 3: Gain valuable research experience

Social Entrepreneurship Course

This interactive workshop explores the role of entrepreneurship and microenterprise in economic development in the U.S. and abroad. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am until 10:45am in the DeVoe Moore Center conference room, and draws on the real-world experience of social entrepreneurs that are involved in, or have actively developed economic opportunity and empowerment programs as a way of promoting economic growth and community development. Each week uses a practical goal, objective or experience to stimulate discussion among participants as a way to understand what works and what doesn’t in the applied world of economic development project planning and implementation. Weekly topics vary based on input from seminar participants. The course is open to all, but targeted toward juniors, seniors, and professional masters level students.

Contact devoemoorecenter@gmail.com for more information!

Specialized Studies in Political Economy Program

This program officially acknowledges undergraduate students who follow a course of study that examines the role of government in a market economy. Upper division students from any major may enter the program. For more information, send an e-mail to devoemoorecenter@gmail.com

Undergraduate Research Application

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Undergraduate Research Competition Winners

The following undergraduate students were awarded research stipends and travel costs through a competitive Undergraduate Research Competition sponsored by the DeVoe L. Moore Center.

The Selection Committee consisted of the following full-time faculty members in the Department of Economics: Randall G. Holcombe, Joseph Calhoun, Katie Showman, Joab Corey, and Sam Staley.


§ Alexander Gordon (Economics) “Beyond Standardized Assessments: An Econometric Approach to Rethinking Regulation of the Charter School Market” E-mail: adg13b@my.fsu.edu

§ Rodrigo Guerrero (Economics, Pure Mathematics, & Music) “When Anti-Corruption Agencies Promote Corruption and Inefficiency: A Case Study of Peru’s Government Procurement Process” E-mail: rjg11@my.fsu.edu

§ Rodrigo’s paper will be co-authored by Alonso Guerrero (Economics) at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. E-mail: am.guerreroc@alum.up.edu.pe


  • Manav Sheth (Economics & Finance) “Accounting for Differences in Permit Approval times for Shopping Center in the City of Tallahassee” Accepted for presentation at the undergraduate research competition, Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, 2014
  • Spencer Wilkins (Economics) “The Impact of the 2007 Financial Crisis on Self-Employment” Accepted for presentation at the undergraduate research competition, Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, 2014

Workshop on State and Local Regulation

This workshop provides a forum to discuss and critique relevant research proposals. Students working on dissertations, other graduate students and Center faculty make presentations about their research. Scholars from other institutions are invited to present their work as well. For more information, see the Center Director.

Leadership Programs

Undergraduate Programs:

Young America’s Foundation

Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, free enterprise, and constitutional values. (This chapter can be found on Nole Central).

Young Americans for Liberty

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-market organization on America’s college campuses.  With more than 900 YAL chapters, YAL seeks to identify, educate, train, and mobilize young people committed to market principles. (This chapter can be found on Nole Central).

Leadership Institute

LI provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications. The Institute teaches students how to succeed in politics, government, and the media. The Institute offers 47 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars; a free employment placement service; and a national field program that trains leaders to organize campus groups.

Graduate Programs:

Adam Smith Society [Business School Students]

The Adam Smith Society is a nationwide, chapter-based association of MBA students and business leaders who work to promote on campus debate and discussion about the moral, social, and economic benefits of capitalism.

Benjamin Rush Institute [Medical School Students]

BRI is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible public charity that unites medical students, residents, fellows, and doctors from across the political spectrum — as well as members of the general public — who believe that the medical profession calls its practitioners to serve their patients, rather than the government.

Post-graduation Programs:

James Madison Institute Leaders Fellowship

The JMI Leaders Fellowship is a year-long program designed for the purpose of encouraging and promoting the growth, development, knowledge, and networks of under-40-year-old professionals in the state of Florida.

Bastiat Society

The Bastiat Society recognizes that everyone benefits when peaceful and profitable trade is allowed to thrive. They engage the private sector to foster a network of principled business people. Their mission is to give business men and women the tools they need to advance a free and prosperous society.

America’s Future Foundation

America’s Future Foundation recruits and cultivates young professionals to become effective, lifelong advocates who will inspire their peers to embrace market principles. AFF is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995.