Dallas Supporter and Friend Lunch

Oct 18, 2012

Event Speakers

Matthew D. Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow

Cronyism has many faces. The government may bail out a well-connected bank or promise financial backing to a solar energy company even if it busts. Don’t miss our upcoming lunch with Mercatus Center scholar Matthew Mitchell where new research on the economic consequences of government favoritism will be discussed.

Familiar examples such as the financial bailouts of 2008 are only the tip of the cronyism iceberg. Matt will explain additional government-granted privileges, including favorable regulations, targeted tax breaks, and protection from foreign competition.

Whatever its guise, cronyism is an extraordinarily destructive force. It misdirects resources, impedes genuine economic progress, breeds corruption, and undermines the legitimacy of both the government and the private sector. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.

This is not a fundraising event and there is no charge to join us. We are pleased to have you as our guest to show our thanks and appreciation to our donors. Dress is business casual. Please invite friends or associates who might be interested.

To RSVP for yourself and your guests, please return the enclosed reply form no later than October 12, 2012. Questions? Contact Erin Connolly at 703-993-9913 or econnol4@gmu.edu.