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Spring 2016
ISSN 0890-913X
Volume 31, Number 1

Jack Soper: A Pioneer in Economic Education

J. R. Clark, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Joshua C. Hall, West Virginia University
Ashley S. Harrison, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
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JackSoper:APioneerinEconomicEducationJ.R.ClarkTheUniversityofTennesseeatChattanoogaJoshuaC.HallWestVirginiaUniversityTheJournalofPrivateEnterprise31(1),2016,9197AshleyS.HarrisonTheUniversityofTennesseeatChattanooga______________________________________________________AbstractJohnJackSoperpassedawayonAugust9,2013.AprolificresearcherwhoretiredastheJohnJ.KahlSr.ChairinEntrepreneurshipatJohnCarrollUniversity,Soperwasaleadinglightinthefieldofeconomiceducation.Hisscholarshipinthe1970sand1980splayedakeyroleinestablishingthefield.Wesummarizeandhighlighthiscontributionstothemeasurementofeconomicliteracyandthemodelingofstudentlearninginthecollegiateandprecollegeclassrooms.______________________________________________________JELCodes:A20,A21,A22Keywords:economiceducation,privateenterprise,educationproductionI.IntroductionProfessorJohnJackSoperpassedawayonAugust9,2013.BornonMay16,1937,inBoston,SoperearnedhisBAinphilosophyatTuftsandhisMAandPhDineconomicsattheUniversityofMassachusettsatAmherst.Aprolificresearcher,heearnedtenureatbothNorthernIllinoisUniversityandJohnCarrollUniversity.Atthelatterinstitution,herosequicklythroughtheranks,eventuallybecomingafullprofessorandholderoftheJohnJ.KahlSr.ChairinEntrepreneurship.JohnCarrollUniversityhonoredSoperuponhisCorrespondingauthor.ThisarticleisbasedinpartoncommentsmadeinhonorofJackSoperatthe2014AssociationofPrivateEnterpriseEducationmeetingsinLasVegas.WethankEdwardStringhamforencouragingustowriteitbasedinpartonthoseremarks.HallthankstheCenterforFreeEnterpriseatWestVirginiaUniversityforgeneralresearchandtravelfunding.
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