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It might come as a surprise, but poverty rates in the developing world are dropping dramatically. In fact, economic growth in developing nations has far outpaced the growth of high income countries. Thus, not only has the world experienced a historic reduction in poverty over the last twenty-five years, but global income today is much more equal than at any time in the last 100 years. Join Acton for a lively pub lecture on the good news about poverty alleviation.

This event is co-sponsored by America's Future Foundation.


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Joseph Connors, Ph.D.
Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College

Assistant Professor of Economics

Joseph Connors Ph.D. is an assistant professor of economics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College where he is also a fellow of the Center for Free Enterprise. He teaches microeconomics, micro theory, and the philosophy of business. His research interests are how economic and political institutions impact the poor in the developing world and the political economy of rent seeking. He is also the co-creator of “Oikonomia: Economics for Life and Purpose,” a high school economics course for the home school market. Dr. Connors is a research fellow for The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. Before his career in economics, Dr. Connors was an electrical engineer and helped found the Robotic Systems Laboratory at Santa Clara University and worked for various firms in Silicon Valley.

Event Details

Start Date


The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing Co.
417 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States


Doors Open: 6:00pm
Lecture Begins: 6:30pm
Q&A: 7:00pm
Event Ends: 7:30pm
Each attendee will receive their first beer on America's Future Foundation. Food available for purchase.


Acton on Tap is a series of complimentary events sponsored by the Acton Alumni Association. This event is co-sponsored by America’s Future Foundation.