The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, an interdisciplinary research institute, is inspired by Mancur Olson ’54 who grew up in Buxton, North Dakota, and went on to become a renowned economist.
“Olson as an economist was committed to working with anyone, anywhere across the university, in the political and the business spectrums. In fact, he’s most cited in political science,” Scott Beaulier, the Ronald and Kaye Olson Dean of Business, says. The Challey Institute aspires to continue Mancur’s work exploring why prosperity and well-being are uneven throughout the U.S. and the world. Through the institute, faculty will ask questions to spark the research that will lead to change by empowering the people closest to the problem. “Fargo is a ridiculously rich and diverse place,” Scott says, which makes it an ideal location for research pertaining to trade, immigration, poverty, and opportunity.
Scott Beaulier, Ronald and Kaye Olson Dean of Business