If you’re in Western North Carolina this week, you might be interested in a pair of economics-related lectures from a husband-and-wife team from Duke University.

Emily Skarbek will discuss “The Chicago Fire of 1871: The Economics of a Polycentric Disaster Relief Effort” 5 p.m. Thursday at Western Carolina University’s Forsyth Auditorium.

David Skarbek will tackle “The Economics of Criminal Governance and Prison Gangs” 2 p.m. Friday at the same location.

HT: Stephen Miller of WCU