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Inequality in the United States has increased over the last 50 years across a variety of measures. Public debate often centers around the notion that the rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor. Is this analysis correct, or is there something missing?


Dr. Sean Mulholland, Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University, will address what is really going on with income inequality. He will unpack the data to explain the income and wealth gaps and how to improve the welfare of the poor. More importantly, Dr. Mulholland will show how well-intentioned policies can cause undesirable outcomes.


After, he will open up a discussion about the how we can promote a prosperous, flourishing society for all and how to empower individuals and communities to improve their own situations.


Please join the Acton Institute and the Center for the Study of Liberty for a free lecture, networking, and one free drink on us!* Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the lecture will start promptly at 6:30 PM followed by Q&A and discussion with the lecturer at 7:00 PM.

*Must be preregistered to receive free drink



Sean E. Mulholland, Ph.D.
Western Carolina University

Professor of Economics

Mulholland is Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. His research has appeared in many journals, including the Journal of Economic Growth, Public Choice, Economics Letters, and Economics of Education Review. He has held faculty positions at Boston College, Stonehill College, and Mercer University. From 2012 through 2016, he was a Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University.

He has served as a faculty mentor at seminars sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), filmed short clips for IHS’s LearnLiberty project, and led discussions at the Center for Excellence in Education’s Research Science Institute at MIT. Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Mulholland lives in Franklin, North Carolina with his wife, Western Carolina University economist Angela K. Dills, and their three children.

Education: B.S., economics; M.A., economics; Ph.D., applied economics, Clemson University.

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Cocina 214
151 E Welbourne Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
United States


6:00pm | Doors Open
6:30pm | Lecture Begins
7:00pm | Q&A
7:30pm | Event Concludes


Acton on Tap is a new series of complimentary events sponsored by the Acton Alumni Association. This event is co-hosted with the Center for the Study of Liberty

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