Global Prosperity Initiative

Global Prosperity Initiative

The Global Prosperity Initiative addresses the question, "Why do some societies prosper, while others remain stagnant and poor?"  Research findings are applied to problems of international economic development as well as economic stagnation and decline in the United States.


Benjamin J. VanMetre, Joshua C. Hall, Richard K. Vedder | Jan 2012
This article argues a new approach to immigration in that visas should not be allocated based on arbitrary political criteria but instead through the price system.
Donald J. Boudreaux | Oct 07, 2011
In this journal article published by Economic Affairs, Don Boudreaux examines whether protectionism is justified if foreign governments are subsidizing export industries.
John Nye | Jun 21, 2011
This essay uses the Philippines as a case study to suggest what is wrong with leading development prescriptions.
David Marlett | Aug 12, 2010
This paper assesses the potential impact that an optional federal charter (OFC) for property and casualty insurance would have on social resiliency in affected communities in the United States. It…
Johan van der Walt | Nov 16, 2009
Dambisa Moyo’s new book, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, has received a great deal of attention in the last few months. Moyo’s book is a must-read for any…
Robert Higgs | Oct 2009
Under modern ideological conditions, a national emergency produces a virtual free-for-all of policies, programs, and plans that expand the government’s power. This expansion leaves the public with…

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Speeches & Presentations

Peter J. Boettke | Aug 07, 2007
This paper is Peter J. Boettke's speech at the twelfth Sir Ronald Trotter Lecture in New Zealand. Sir Ronald Trotter was the first chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable, who was knighted in…
Frederic Sautet | Jun 09, 2005
Frederic Sautet on Voice of America…
Frederic Sautet | Nov 19, 2004
On October 19, 2004, Mercatus Center Senior Fellow Frederic Sautet delivered a presentation on institutions and entrepreneurship to the New Zealand Business Roundtable (NZBR). This talk was part of…
| Nov 10, 2003
From the conference "America's Role as Nation Builder: Lessons Learned and Applied to Iraq." Discussion in this session revolved around concerns of nation building experts and practitioners.
Tim Roemer, Paul Wolfowitz | Nov 04, 2003
Remark by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz on the topic of the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq.
Jack Goldstone, Maurice P. McTigue, Vernon Smith | Nov 04, 2003
 Maurice McTigue, Vice President of Mercatus, Vernon Smith, Mercatus Center Fellow, and Jack Goldstone, Mercatus Center Fellow, participate in a panel discussion concerning reconstruction in Iraq.


Paul Dragos Aligica is a senior research fellow and senior fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Peter Boettke is the vice president and director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center as well as the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism and a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change.
Karol Boudreaux is an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. Her primary research interests are the institutional analysis of property rights, land tenure, natural resource management, and international development.
Emily Chamlee-Wright is a senior research scholar and Board Member at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include development economics, cultural economics, and indigenous markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Christopher Coyne is associate director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and F. A. Harper Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also a professor of economics and director of graduate studies in the economics department at George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic development, emerging democracies, postwar and disaster reconstruction, political economy, and social change.


Garett Jones | September 04, 2011
Garett Jones explains that the stimulus led to more job shifting than job creation.


Karol Boudreaux | November 01, 2009
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is proud to present a lecture by Karol Boudreaux. Ms. Boudreaux is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center; lead researcher for Enterprise Africa!, a research project that investigates, analyzes, and reports on enterprise-based solutions to poverty in Africa; and a member of the Working Group on Property Rights of the U.N.'s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

Recent Events

| October 07, 2009
The Social Change Project at the Mercatus Center presented a lecture by Sujai Shivakumar, Senior Program Officer at the National Academies. Dr. Shivakumar discussed the importance of crafting…


Christopher Coyne, Peter J. Boettke | Aug 17, 2009
This chapter contends that the entrepreneur is the agent of social and cultural change. The authors consider the entrepreneur in three settings: market, non-market and political. Their purpose is to…
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