Mackinac Center Welcomes New Scholars

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to announce that it’s adding two new members to its Board of Scholars. This group of academics and business leaders supports and contributes to the Center’s mission of improving the quality of life in Michigan through high-quality, public policy research that promotes the benefits of free markets, limited government and the rule of law.

Both of the new members, Tawni Ferrarini and Hugo Eyzaguirre, hail from the Upper Peninsula and teach economics at Northern Michigan University. They will be joining 26 other Board of Scholar members with current teaching positions at institutes of higher education, including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Hillsdale College, Northwood University, the University of Michigan Law School, Central Michigan University, and others.

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Tawni Ferrarini currently serves as the Sam M. Cohodas Professor of Private Enterprise and the associate director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at NMU. She consults worldwide with organizations on matters related to economic growth and development through private enterprise, with a focus on K-16 economic education and financial literacy.

She was president of the National Association of Economic Educators in 2015 and has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Council on Economic Education’s Albert Beekhuis Center Award, the 2010 Michigan Council on Economic Education Educator’s Award, and the 2009 National Association of Economic Educator's Abbejean Kehler Technology Award. She was named a distinguished faculty member at Northern Michigan University in 2009. Among other work, she is a co-author of “Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity” and “Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History.”

Hugo Eyzaguirre is an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at NMU. On campus, he is a member of the NMU Academic Senate, Committee on Internationalization, and the Educational Technological Resources and Policies Committee. Off campus, he chairs the International Committee, National Association of Economic Educators and is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He started the first center for economic education in Peru at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru, where he taught and researched. He has also worked as a consultant and researcher, focusing on institutional economics and competition and regulatory issues, and has numerous publications on these topics.

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