The Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics helps advance the economic development of the state and region by offering economic analysis and economic education relevant for policymakers, community leaders and other interested citizens.
Economists at the Brandmeyer Center also teach economics courses offered by the KU School of Business.
Vann Fellowship in the Economics of Innovation
The Brandmeyer Center offers the Vann Fellowship in the Economics of Innovation in the Spring semester. Inspired by KU alumnus Kyle D. Vann (Chemical Engineering, Class of 1969), the Vann Fellowship offers a one-semester, high-impact extracurricular program to engineering students that wish to explore the economics of innovation—specifically, the economic logic that drives Joseph Schumpeter’s famous idea of “creative destruction.” Mr. Vann believes he would have benefitted by understanding the fundamentals of entrepreneurship-driven economic thinking earlier in his scholastic career, and wanted to put his wisdom into action for young people that aspire to become future leaders.
The inaugural session of the Vann Fellowship took place during the 2018 Spring semester.
The KU Blockchain Institute
The Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics sponsors the student-led organization named the KU Blockchain Institute. The Center’s sponsorship strives to provide students basic and advanced education related to the many business-related applications of the fast-developing technology known as blockchain.
The KU Blockchain Institute launched in the Fall of 2018.