Public Choice

Public Choice


Peter J. Boettke | Dec 01, 2013
The absence of dominion and discrimination in human relationships is a cardinal feature of a free and just society, according to James Buchanan. If classical liberals emphasized this benefit, they would help assuage the public’s fears about having to take on greater responsibilities if the welfare state were repealed.
Eli Dourado, Alexander Tabarrok | Nov 21, 2013
We mine two underexplored traditions for insights into intellectual property: the public choice or Virginia school, centered on James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, and the Bloomington or Institutional Analysis and Development school, centered on Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom. We apply the perspectives of each school to issues of intellectual property and develop new insights, questions, and focuses of attention. We also explore tensions and synergies between the two schools on issues of intellectual property.
Adam J. Hoffer, William F. Shughart II , Michael D. Thomas | Feb 05, 2013
This paper addresses three criticisms of sin taxes: first, the traditional Pigouvian justification applied to sin goods, such as alcohol and tobacco, is frequently misapplied to a progressively broader base of goods and services where the “sin good” label is questionable, such as automobile tires, candy, soft drinks, and fast food.
Richard Williams, Sherzod Abdukadirov | Feb 07, 2012
This paper proposes a cornerstone of foundational reforms on which to build comprehensive regulatory reform.
Paul Dragos Aligica | Oct 06, 2011
In a special volume of The Good Society Journal, Paul Dragos Aligica introduces the Bloomington School and the Ostroms.
Scott Beaulier, Peter J. Boettke | Aug 05, 2011
This policy brief discusses the United States' ongoing cycle of debt and deficits.

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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.
Bryan Caplan is a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center and a professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in public economics, public choice, psychology and economics, public opinion, economics of the family and education, genoeconomics, and Austrian economics.
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.
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the U.S. economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.


Liya Palagashvili | August 11, 2015
Liya Palagashvili joins John Batchelor on his syndicated radio show to discuss how people can understand the Uber conflict in New York City through the lens of public choice economics.


| Aug 01, 2011
This two-part series shows how economics contributes to understanding the spontaneous development of common law as well as the nature of legal rights.

Media Clippings

Veronique de Rugy | Jul 15, 2013
“If power companies invested in infrastructure the way DHS and Congress fight terrorism, a New Yorker wouldn’t be able to run a hair dryer, but everyone in Bozeman, Mont., could light up a stadium,” de Rugy complained.
Tyler Cowen | Jul 09, 2013
Economist Tyler Cowen, who blogs at Marginal Revolution, worries that the program will suffer because it is most attractive to those who would provide the least into the system.
Tyler Cowen, Alexander Tabarrok | Jan 09, 2013
Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok cited at the New York Times.
Tyler Cowen | Dec 31, 2012
Tyler Cowen cited discussing cash transfers in India at the Business Standard.
Jason J. Fichtner | May 31, 2012
Jason Fichtner is quoted in this article about older Americans' perception of the economy and how it will affect their voting behavior.
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