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Michael L. Connell

Academic Biography:
We live in an increasingly complex world. We have access to an incomprehensibile amount of knowledge and yet the amount of information availble and access to that information grows dailly. Young people need a guide to organize that knowledge and show them to the path. In the beginning, they need someone to tell them what is important and why it is important. Later they need someone to teach them how to analyze information and think critically about that information. I believe that is the role of the faculty member. A faculty member must pick and choose what to learn for those who are not yet ready to make those decisions for themselves. They need someone with the judgment and maturity to make those decisions. They need someone who can make the incomprehensibe comprehensible and then teach them to make the same decisions for themselves as they grow and mature. I love to learn about the roles that economics and law play in the organization and well-being of society. I love the process of sharing my learning with others in the hope of imparting a similar understanding of society and inspring a love of learning. I am not naive enough to believe that I can do this for every student but I am foolish enough to hope that I do that for some, and perhaps, many students.

Research Interests:
Complex systems

Austrian Economics

The role of property and contract in wealth creation

Public Policy analysis

Innovation, Change and growth

Courses Taught:
Business 105 Introduction to Commerce
Business 322 Legal Environment
Economics 340 Law & Economics
Economics 380 Environmental Economics
Economics 401 Public Policy Analysis

BS Economics Illinois 1976
JD Law Illinois 1980
MS Economics Illinois 1982
Ph.D Economics Illinois 1985

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 258 Ctr for Sci & Busi