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Faculty and Staff Profile

Bradley Hobbs

Clinical Professor of Economics


Office: Sirrine 219
Phone: (864) 656-1115
Email: HOBBS4@clemson.edu
Vita: http://hobbs4.people.clemson.edu/VITAE%20of%20BKH.pdf
Personal Website: http://hobbs4.people.clemson.edu/
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Economics
Florida State University 1991

M.A. Economics
Florida State University 1987

B.A. History
Florida State University 1983

 Courses Taught

Undergraduate Economics Courses
Survey of Economics (Non-majors, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Price Theory, Managerial Economics, International Trade and Finance, Health Care Economics, Adam Smith (Directed Individual Study), History of Economic Thought, The Moral Foundations of Capitalism (BB&T Professorship Course at FGCU), Spontaneous Order: Taxis & Cosmos (Honors Seminar), The History of International Trade (Honors Seminar), Issues in Economics and Politics, Across the Great Divide – A summer travel course on and in the American West, Environmental Issues: Biological, Economic, and Philosophical Perspectives


Undergraduate Finance Courses
Intermediate Corporate Finance, Business Finance (Introductory Corporate Finance), Money and Capital Markets, Organizational Behavior (Copenhagen Business School)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Commerce and Culture - A History of Trade

Masters of Business Administration – Economics
Foundations of Economics, Money and Capital Markets, Leadership Development (Copenhagen Business School), Transitioning Economies in Eastern Europe (Travel Course - Prague)

Executive Masters of Business Administration
Managerial Economics – The Economics of Strategy, The American Economy (Short course for EMBA Students at University of Wurzburg), Managerial Finance (Distance course)

 Profile

Bradley K. Hobbs is a Clinical Professor at Clemson University. He was previously the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise at Florida Gulf Coast University for 19 years and was the sole founding faculty member of the economics department at that institution. He earned his undergraduate degree in history (1983) and then his PhD in economics from Florida State University (1991). Professor Hobbs has been active in undergraduate education having served as the founding Faculty Advisor for two undergraduate research journals. He earned the Bellarmine College Instructional Development Award (1993), the Florida Gulf Coast University - Senior Faculty Teaching Award (2003-2004), and an Acton Foundation Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award (2008). He has taught or directed seminars for a number of national organizations including the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), and The Liberty Fund. His research work is wide in range encompassing property rights, economic freedom, economic growth, financial markets, economic and intellectual history, the philosophical foundations of markets, and teaching. He has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, Laissez-Faire, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Journal of Executive Education, Journal of Private Enterprise, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Financial Practice and Education, Research in Finance, and others. Current research projects include a stream of literature on relationships between economic freedom, economic growth, and entrepreneurial behavior; cost changes in higher education; and a book project promoting humanism through libertarianism. Professor Hobbs was invited to Clemson University as the F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) for a Visiting Appointment in 2012-13. He serves as a Research Fellow at the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Florida and on the Board as the Academic Advisor for The Bastiat Society in Columbia, South Carolina. Professor Hobbs is a Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and a long-time member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Professor Hobbs’ personal interests revolve around outdoors activities such as camping, fishing, boating, and hunting. He has hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, held a variety of interesting jobs such as hot-air balloon crew, roofer, emergency medical technician and firefighter. He once wrestled in a professional ring before a crowd of 2,000 and he shot a black bear with a muzzle-loading rifle in the wilds of Northern Ontario. He can also construct a semi-accurate potato launcher. He and his wife Christy made regular payments to Clemson University and a few downtown Clemson establishments for Casey Elizabeth (Industrial Engineering, 2013) and Amanda Jane (Industrial Engineering, 2014). It was worth every penny.

 Research Interests

Professor Hobbs' research interests are encompass property rights, economic freedom, economic growth, financial markets, economic and intellectual history, the philosophical foundations of markets, and teaching. He has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, Laissez-Faire, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Journal of Executive Education, Journal of Private Enterprise, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Financial Practice and Education, Research in Finance, among others. Current research projects include a stream of literature on relationships between economic freedom, economic growth, and entrepreneurial behavior; costs in higher education; and historical living standards.

 Research Publications

“Productive versus Unproductive Entrepreneurship: Industry Formation and State Economic Growth” with Stephen F. Gohmann and Myra McCrickard. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2016: pp. 145-160.

“Dispelling the Pessimistic Bias” Sole author. Journal of Economics and Finance Education. Vol.13, No. 2, Winter 2014: pp. 16-32.

“The Quality of Governance and Entrepreneurial Activity in U.S. States” with Mushfiq Swaleheen Entrepreneurial Action, Public Policy, and Economics Outcomes (Series: New Thinking in Political Economy, Editor - Peter Boettke.) Robert F. Salvino Jr., Michael T. Tasto, and Gregory M. Randolph, Editors. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, 2014, pp. 83-99.

“Economic Freedom, Entrepreneurial Activity, and the Service Sector” with Stephen F. Gohmann and Myra McCrickard. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013.

"The Conservative Ecologist and Free Market Environmentalism: Classical Liberalism Politically Reasserted" with Edward T. Wimberley. The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice. Vol. 8, Issue 4, 2013: 29-45.

“Protectionism and Property Rights: Coasian Bargaining and Debt-for-Nature Swaps” Sole Author. Economic Affairs, (Journal of the Institute for Economic Affairs,) Vol. 32, No. 2, June 2012.

“The Future of Free Enterprise Leadership in Academe - A Survey” Clark, J.R., Ashley S. Harrison, Bradley K. Hobbs. Journal of Private Enterprise Education. Vol. 27, No. 2, Spring 2012: 121-143.

”My Father’s Drugstore” Sole author. “Morality and Profit” Second Place Essay Award Winner. To be published by S.E.VEN Fund, Cambridge, MA with grant support from the John Templeton Foundation. (Planned book has not been published as of 02/15/15. Grant ended 2012).

“The Current State of Leadership in Classical Liberalism, Private Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship in Academe” Clark, J.R.; Ashley S. Harrison, Bradley K. Hobbs. Journal of Private Enterprise Education Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring, 2011: 15-46.

"Effectively Integrating Team-Based Research Projects in Money and Banking and Financial Markets Courses" with Daniel Borgia. Journal of Instructional Techniques in Finance , Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring/Fall 2010.

“Attraction & Retention of Faculty in a Non-Tenure Granting Environment,” Bradley K. Hobbs, H. Shelton Weeks, and Larry Fogelberg. The Journal of Economics and
Finance Education Vol.8, Issue 2, Winter 2009: pp. 1-16.

“Economic Freedom and Service Industry Growth in the United States” with Stephen F. Gohmann and Myra McCrickard. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Vol. 32, Issue 5, September 2008: pp. 855-874.