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‘Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals?’ Topic of IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series March 11 at TAMIU Posted: 2/13/20

‘Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals?’ Topic of IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series March 11 at TAMIU


Dr. Virgil Henry Storr
Dr. Virgil Henry Storr  

The age-old question of whether engaging in market activities corrupts our morals will be the topic explored during the next installation of the IBC Bank and Commerce Bank 2019-2020 Keynote Speaker Series Wednesday, March 11 at Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. Virgil Henry Storr, vice president of Academic and Student Programs, associate professor of Economics and the Don C. Lavoie Senior Fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., will present his lecture, titled, “Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals?”

Admission is free and open to all.

A reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.

It is presented by the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade and sponsored by IBC Bank and Commerce Bank.

The most damning criticism of markets is that they are morally corrupting. Dr. Storr’s presentation will examine the idea that as we increasingly engage in market activity, the more likely we are to become selfish, corrupt, rapacious and debased. It also invites the audience  to reassess the claim that markets corrupt our morals.

Storr received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University and his B.A. from Beloit College. While pursuing his Ph.D. at George Mason University, he was a Mercatus Center Ph.D. Fellow.

He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including Constitutional Political Economy, The Independent Review, Journal of Private Enterprise, Public Choice, and Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, among others. His most recent book is titled, “Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals?,” and is co-authored with Ginny Seung Choi (Palgrave MacMillan, Aug. 2019).

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 326.2820 or or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

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