Tim Shaughnessy

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Tim Shaughnessy

Tim Shaughnessy is a cradle Catholic living in Shreveport, Louisiana with undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from Kalamazoo College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. He teaches economics at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is a faculty advisor for the campus Catholic student organization. He has worked at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and was the first managing editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality while an undergraduate. He also worked for Representative Harold Voorhees in the Michigan state legislature. He serves the parish RCIA program as a sponsor and lecturer, and is active in parish and diocesan pro-life activities.

Recent Posts

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Meme’s the Word (1 of 2)

Two internet memes seem to be making the interweb rounds as of late, both somewhat related to the holidays. One shows a photo of weary soldiers with the caption "WalMart employees: tell me again how w... More

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ACA: Not What the Doctor Ordered

Health care has been on my mind lately, not the least reason being that our family got to experience a febrile seizure for the first time yesterday (if you're a parent or otherwise look after children... More

Fr. Lawrence & Archbishop Lori

With friends like these…

A Catholic friend on facebook sympathetically links to this story about the dissenting homily given by Fr. Richard T. Lawrence, pastor of Baltimore's St. Vincent de Paul church, after reading aloud ... More

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Hurricanes as Stimulus

We pray for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy that God will protect lives and property. It is somewhat heartwarming that people will try to look on the bright side of even tragedies like this, but ... More


Three graphs to ponder before (and on) election day

I know what you're thinking: "Just three?" I love graphs as much as the next guy, but I've squished what you need to know about the labor market into three graphs, courtesy of the St. Louis Fed's F... More

When pro-choice and cuts to education collide

From the “it couldn’t happen here” file…

Catholic schools in Canada will not be able to teach that abortion is wrong: An official transcript sent to LifeSiteNews by the Ontario government confirms that Dalton McGuinty’s Education Minister... More


Distributism; ever heard of it? (or, this is NOT a post about Joe Biden)

I hadn't. Through three years of undergrad and four years of graduate-level economics, I had never heard of distributism. Not that I was sheltered from the odder theories from days past. Marx, the uto... More

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Inside Income Inequality

I'm always amazed that society learns the major lessons from almost every academic discipline: we know the earth is a sphere, that leeches aren't the best medical treatment, and that nature and nurtur... More

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Why vote for the presidency?

At the outset, let me declare that I take seriously the Church's teaching to be actively involved in civic life. Emily's recent post demonstrates this movingly. We all need to do our part to inject Ca... More


Americans care about foreign policy?

David Henderson at EconLog offers his reason "Why Obama Will Be Re-Elected:" Americans tend to vote for the peace candidate. Barack Obama as the peace candidate? That's ridiculous. Yes, it is. He tri... More



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