The Center for Free Enterprise is an initiative to help students understand and appreciate the important role free enterprise plays within the American economy. A free enterprise system promotes economic prosperity by creating a favorable environment where businesses compete with minimum regulatory interference, allowing them to develop vigorously. Through extracurricular activities such as guest lectures, luncheons and off-campus seminar, students can explore the principles and institutions that sustain free enterprise.
Dr. Derek Yonai is the director of the Center for Free Enterprise and an Associate Professor of Economics at the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. The driving force behind the Center, Dr. Yonai is responsible for developing and supervising Florida Southern’s new free enterprise education.
Dr. Yonai has written scholarly and popular articles about free enterprise economics, as well as given numerous interviews on the subject. His research focuses on legal history, law and economics, and religion and economics. He is currently the Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics.
Previously, Dr. Yonai served as the Lundy Chair of the Philosophy of Business in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and an Adjunct Professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He oversaw Campbell’s free enterprise education program and their economics program.
Dr. Yonai has a unique academic foundation rooted in economics and law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California at Irvine and graduated with honors from Whittier College School of Law. In addition, he earned a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where he served as a research assistant to legendary economist Gordon Tullock.