Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein

  • JIN Chair in Economics
  • Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Daniel Klein is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University, where he leads the program in Smithian Political Economy. Klein is the author of Knowledge and Coordination: A Liberal Interpretation, coauthor of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit, editor of Reputation: Studies in the Voluntary Elicitation of Good Conduct, editor of What Do Economists Contribute?, and coeditor of The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues. He is the founder and chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

Published Research

Daniel Klein,, Xiaofei Pan, Daniel Houser, Gonzalo Schwarz | Feb 2015
Emile Durkheim said that when all of the members of a tribe or clan come together, they can sanctify the sacred and experience a spiritual “effervescence.” Friedrich Hayek suggested that certain genes and instincts still dispose us toward the ethos and mentality of the hunter-gatherer band and that modern forms of political collectivism have, in part, been atavistic reassertions of such tendencies.
Daniel Klein | Sep 22, 2011
For social democrats, the state is to the community what the landlord is to the apartment complex or the owner is to his hotel. The notion that all social affairs within the polity are enveloped within a contract with the state, which owns some kind of encompassing substructure upon which all else within the polity depends, is the unspoken premise of social democracy and progressivism.
Daniel Klein, Michael J. Clark | Jul 05, 2011
According to recent research, marching, singing, and dancing with others fosters cooperation. That quality may explain why the pioneering theorist of social cooperation, Adam Smith, infused The Theory of Moral Sentiments with the language of music and harmony.
Daniel Klein, Brandon Lucas | Mar 08, 2011
We explore the conjecture, first hinted at by Peter Minowitz, that Smith deliberately placed his central idea, as represented by the phrase ‘led by an invisible hand’, at the physical centre of his masterworks.

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