Events

Dec. 4, 2014: Our Guild-Ridden Labor Market: The Curious Case of Occupational Licensing

Issues and Ideas Forum

Occupational licensing has had a curious and unusual history both in the U.S. and other nations. During some periods it was virtually nonexistent, but now in the U.S., it is growing rapidly and has developed into a stealth form of regulation. Dr. Morris Kleiner, a nationally recognized expert on occupational licensure, will address this issue and provide answers to why some occupations became heavily regulated and others did not. In addition, he’ll outline the economic effects of occupational licensing on mobility, wage determination, prices and the quality of services delivered. … more

Oct. 22, 2014: Planning for Life Workshop

Please join us for a luncheon celebrating the Mackinac Center's Legacy Society and featuring keynote speaker Kevin D. Williamson. … more

Oct. 2, 2014: Debate Workshop: Thursday | Grand Rapids

Students are invited to sharpen their forensic skills. For more information visit our 2014-2015 Debate Workshops… more

Oct. 1, 2014: Debate Workshop: Wednesday | Adrian

Students are invited to sharpen their forensic skills. For more information visit our 2014-2015 Debate Workshops… more

Sept. 30, 2014: Debate Workshop: Tuesday | Livonia

Students are invited to sharpen their forensic skills.
For more information visit our 2014-2015 Debate Workshops… more

Sept. 16, 2014: Economic Freedom: What It Is and Why It Matters

Issues and Ideas Forum

A necessary building block of a prosperous society is economic freedom. History shows that freer countries tend to become wealthier countries, with the United States typically leading the way. But is the United States moving in a different direction?
Dean Stansel, an economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, will discuss the current state of economic liberty in the United States. Stansel authors the Fraser Institute’s annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report, and will compare states by this measure. Finally, Stansel will assess how well Michigan supports economic freedom. … more

June 16, 2014: A Vision for Michigan's Future

Club Mid

Featuring Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette … more

June 10, 2014: How to Mitigate the Damage Caused by Michigan’s New Minimum Wage Hike and Why More Labor Reforms Are Necessary

Issues and Ideas Forum

James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, will present on ways to mitigate the economic harms caused by a higher minimum wage and on ways to hold government unions more accountable to their members. … more

May 20, 2014: The Detroit Bailout and Meaningful Pension Reform

Issues and Ideas Forum

Our speakers will be Richard Dreyfuss, a senior fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania and Stephen D. Eide, senior fellow with the Center for State and Local Leadership at the Manhattan Institute in New York. … more

 
 

Mackinac Center events help connect our supporters with experts from our policy staff as well as with the opinions and perspectives of nationally-known writers and speakers. In communities across Michigan, our events also serve to help expose new friends to the promises and possibilities of freedom and opportunity.