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Debating Property Rights

February 1, 2013 1 minute Read by Matthew Denhart
Day two of the inaugural George W. Bush Institute Economic Debate Weekend is underway from the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The debate topic for today has been kept secret, but was finally unveiled this morning. After one hour of preparation, over 100 students are now debating the following resolution:
Resolved: Private property rights are necessary for strong economic growth.
To aid them in their preparation and continued exploration of the topic, each student has been provided a copy of Hernando de Soto’s famous book, “The Mystery of Capital,” along with Gaurav Tiwari’s “International Property Rights Index 2012.” It is our hope that today’s debate on the importance of property rights for economic growth is just the beginning of a more in-depth exploration of the topic by the debate students.

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Matthew Denhart
Matthew Denhart

Matthew Denhart is an expert on immigration policy and is the author of the Bush Institute’s America's Advantage: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics, now in its third edition. He currently serves as executive director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and is a founder of the Coolidge Scholars Program which provides full-ride merit scholarships to America's most promising college students. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Denhart has written and spoken widely on a variety of policy topics including the economics of higher education, labor, and taxes. He has contributed articles to numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, and Bloomberg View. 

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