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FEATURED PROFESSOR: Dr. Andrew P. Morriss

Professor Andrew P. Morriss recently completed a whirlwind summer of teaching and traveling with The Fund for American Studies.  As a professor in both the Asia Institute for Political Economy in Hong Kong and the International Institute for Political and Economic Systems in Crete, Professor Morriss spent his summer between two continents.

Morriss incorporated a number of economic “games” into his TFAS classes in order to give students a chance to try out some of the principles they’d learned in the course.  Students who accumulate the most points at the end of the game won t-shirts and hats, chocolate bars or dinner with the professor.  “We had lively sessions on the Tragedy of the Commons this year in both Hong Kong and Crete,” he notes, "with several groups competing so vigorously for the ‘fish’ that they physically destroyed the paper ‘ocean’ we were using during the rounds without property rights. It’s hard to imagine a better way to drive home the role property rights play in reducing conflict and environmental harms.”
 
“My favorite part of each program – Greece and Hong Kong – is the same. It is when we discuss Hernando de Soto’s book, The Other Path, and the role of property rights. Each time, the students can barely wait to point out how de Soto’s analysis applies to their countries, how they think property rights can solve problems they face, and how new and exciting they find his ideas.”

After completing his second summer as a professor for TFAS, Morriss observed “if I had to single out one impression from my two summers and four programs, it is that The Fund is making a huge difference, just by bringing these students together.  Many have never met anyone from the other countries in the program, or even from those regions, let alone from the United States.  The relationships that form during the three weeks are building bonds that will last for many years.”

Morriss received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, his J.D. and master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Morriss brings an extensive background in academics, politics and economics to his TFAS classes. His resume includes clerking for U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in Dallas, two years with Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas, and a year working for the U.S. Magistrate’s Office in Dallas. 

In addition, Morriss taught for 14 years at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the founding director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation, the Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation, and, for three years, associate dean for academic affairs.  He moved last year to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is the H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law and Business and professor in the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. 
 
In addition to his academic appointments, Morriss works with several public policy institutes, including the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas. 
 
He has published over 50 book chapters and articles, including several with fellow TFAS professors Roger Meiners and Bruce Yandle (who both served as professors for the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague).  He is also the coauthor of the forthcoming book, Regulation by Litigation (Yale University Press 2008).

 

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