Personal Statement:

“Business schools are critical to preparing students with the skills and techniques necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic, global economy. But, at a more fundamental level, business educators are integral to helping our students understand the vital role entrepreneurship and business play in our economic system. Our chance to train and develop these leaders is an amazing opportunity and carries with it a tremendous responsibility. Business schools allow us to reach tomorrow’s leaders and assure that we are developing top talent with a strong set of core values to drive global development.”

Positions

North Dakota State University

  • Dean for the College of Business, Present

Arizona State University

  • Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, 2015 – 2016

Troy University

  • Executive Director of Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, 2010 – 2014
  • Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise, 2010 – 2014
  • Division of Economics and Finance Chair, 2012 – 2014
  • Discipline Coordinating Committee (DCC) Chair of Economics, 2010 – 2012
  • Associate Professor of Economics, 2010 – 2014

Mercer University

  • BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism, 2009 – 2010
  • Director of Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy & Capitalism, 2009 – 2010
  • Economics Department Chair, 2008 – 2010
  • Associate Professor of Economics, 2010
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, 2004 – 2010

Beloit College

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, 2007 – 2008
Studies

Improving Lives in Alabama
A Vision for Economic Freedom and Prosperity | Scott Beaulier, Editor (with Dan Sutter)

The Political Economy of Medicaid Reform
Evidence from Five Reforming States (with Brandon Pizzola)

Feasibility of Medicaid Expansion in Alabama
(with Phillip Mixon)

From Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution

Behavioral Economics and Perverse Effects of the Welfare State
(with Bryan Caplan)

Principles for Pension Reform in Alabama
Rethinking the Defined Benefit in Alabama’s Retirement System

Stopping the Sinkhole
Lessons for Pension Reform in Pennsylvania


Education

George Mason University

  • Ph.D. Economics, May 2004
  • M.A. Economics, January 2002

Northern Michigan University

  • B.S. Economics and History, May 2000

Affiliations

  • RealClearMarkets
    2014-Present
    Contributor
  • Institute for Humane Studies
    2012-Present
    Board of Directors Member
  • Foundation for Economic Education
    2012-Present
    Board of Scholars Member
  • Mont Pelerin Society
    2011-Present
    Member
  • Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy
    2011-Present
    Editorial Board Member
  • American Energy Alliance
    2009-Present
    Board Member
  • Al.com/Birmingham News
    2013-2014
    Contributor
  • The Laffer Center for Global
    Economic Growth

    2009-2010
    Faculty Director and Distinguished Fellow
  • Center for the Teaching of
    America’s Western Foundations

    2009-2010
    Faculty Affiliate

Publications

“Economic Development in the Midst of Growing Regulations” (with William Boyes), Journal of Economics and Development Studies, forthcoming.

“The Effect of Public Sector Unions on Political Outcomes” (with George Crowley), Public Finance Review, revise and resubmit.

“An Ordinal Ranking of Economic Institutions,” 2015 (with Robert Elder, Joshua Hall, and Cheryl Hu), Applied Economics, Dec 2015: 1-9.

“Understanding Academic Journal Market Failure: The Case of Austrian Economists,” 2013 (with J. Robert Subrick), Eastern Economic Journal 39: 444-463.

“The Political Economy of Credibility and Commitment: Post-Socialist transition of the Czech Republic,” 2012 (with Leoniz Krasnozhon and Peter Boettke) Journal of Governance and Regulation 1 (2): 75-86.

“Technology and the Architecture of Emergent Orders” (with Daniel Smith and Daniel Sutter), 2012, Studies in Emergent Order 5: 157-76.

“The Impact of Political Factors on Military Base Closures” (with Joshua Hall and Allen Lynch), 2011, Journal of Policy Reform 14 (4): 333-342.

“Deficits, Debt, and Debasement” (with Peter Boettke) Cato Policy Report July/August 2011.

“Emergent versus Directed Property Rights: Evidence from Transition Economies” (with Joshua Hall), 2011, Journal of Applied Business and Economics 12 (2).

“Employing ‘Dominetrics’ to Impose Greater Discipline on Performance Rankings” (with Robert Elder), 2011, Journal of Sports Economics 12 (1): 55-80.

“The Virtue of Business: How Markets Encourage Ethical Behavior” (with Joshua Hall and Rachel Kotkin), 2010, Journal of Markets & Morality 13 (1): 45-58.

“The Traders’ Cross: Identifying Traders’ Surpluses in the Traditional Edgeworth Exchange Diagram” (with David Prychitko), 2010, Journal of Economic Education, 41 (1): 54-62.

“Economic Freedom and Conflict: An Empirical Note” (with Cara Burgess and Joshua Hall), 2009, Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research 10 (3): 75-83.

“The Articles of Confederation Shows the Need for Direct Taxation? It Just Ain’t So!” (with Joshua Hall and Ben VanMetre), 2009, Economic Affairs, 29 (3): 93-94.

“The Production and Proliferation of Economists: The Austrian and Public Choice Schools as Academic Enterprises” (with Joshua Hall), 2009, Journal of Private Enterprise, XXIV (2): 137-156.

“Collective Consumption Externalities and Charitable Giving” (with Joshua Hall), 2008, New Perspectives on Political Economy 4 (1): 23-40.

“The Influence of Economists on Public Attitudes Towards Government” (with William Boyes and William S. Mounts), 2008, The American Economist LII (2): 65-71.

“High Cotton: Why the United States Should No Longer Provide Agricultural Subsidies to Cotton Farmers” (with Madeline Helling and Joshua Hall), 2008, Economic Affairs 28 (2): 65-66.

“Limited Government and Economic Growth in Botswana” (with J. Robert Subrick), 2007, Journal of Private Enterprise XXIII (1): 51-64.

“Behavioral Economics and Perverse Effects of the Welfare State” (with Bryan Caplan), 2007, Kyklos 60 (4): 485-508.

“Mining Institutional Quality: How Botswana Escaped the Natural Resource Curse” (with J. Robert Subrick), 2007, Indian Journal of Economics and Business Special Issue: 55-68.

“The Political Foundations of Development: The Case of Botswana” (with J. Robert Subrick), 2006, Constitutional Political Economy 17 (2): 103-115.

“Poverty Traps and the Robust Political Economy of Development Assistance” (with J. Robert Subrick), 2006, Review of Austrian Economics 19 (2-3): 217-226.

“Disagreement over the Emergence of Private Property Rights: Alternative Meanings, Alternative Explanations,” (with David Prychitko), 2006, Review of Austrian Economics 19 (1): 47-68.

“Knowledge, Economics, and Coordination: Understanding Hayek’s Legal Theory” (with Peter Boettke and Christopher Coyne), 2004, NYU Journal of Law & Liberty 1 (Fall): 209-224.

“Is Discourse Relevant for Economic Development?” 2003, Independent Review VIII (3): 343-361.

“Explaining Botswana’s Success: The Critical Role of Post-Colonial Policy,” 2003, Cato Journal 23 (2): 227-240.

“Does Morality Hamper the Market Process? A Reappraisal of the Mises Thesis” (with David Prychitko), 2000, Journal of Markets & Morality 4 (1): 43-54.

“Of Norms, Rules, and Markets: A Comment on Samuels” (with Peter Boettke), 2000, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines 10 (4): 547-552.

Contributions to Books/Collected Volumes

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Develop!” (with Daniel Smith) in Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics, Peter Boettke and Christopher Coyne (eds.), forthcoming.

“Anna Schwartz,” (with Joshua Hall) in Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from the Stock Market Crash of 1792 to the Current Global Economic Crisis (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), James Ciment (ed.), 2010.

“Export Subsidies,” (with Joshua Hall) in Encylopedia of Business in Today’s World (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications), Charles Frankel (ed.), 2009.

“Without Private Property, There Can Be No Rational Economic Calculation,” in Handbook of Austrian Economics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar), Peter Boettke, ed., 2010.

“Asymmetric Information About Perfect Competition: The Treatment of Perfect Information in Introductory Textbooks” (with William S. Mounts) in Expanding Teaching and Learning Horizons in Higher

Education: Essays on Economic Education (New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers), Franklin Mixon, Jr. and Richard Cebula (eds.), 2009.

“From Entrepreneur to Manager: A Brief Consideration of Economic Transition” (with Joshua Hall and William S. Mounts) in Entrepreneurship and Its Economic Significance, Behavior, and Effects (New York: NY: Nova Science Publishers), Maria Bradshaw and Patricia Carrington (eds.), 2009: 223-231.

“Nakumatt: A Kenyan Supermarket” (with June Arunga) in Lessons from the Poor (Oakland, CA: Independent Institute), Alvaro Vargas Llosa, ed., 2008, 121-162.

“Look Botswana: No Hands! Why Botswana’s Government Should Let the Economy Steer Itself,” in Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press), Benjamin Powell, ed., 2008, 396-428.

“Polycentrism and Power: A Reply to Warren Samuels” in Anarchy, State, and Public Choice (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar), Edward Stringham, ed., 2005, 178-190.

“The Really Real in Economics” (with Peter Boettke) in Transforming Economics (London: Routledge), Paul Lewis, ed., 2004, 187-201.

Book Reviews

Review of Ilya Somin, Democracy and Political Ignorance. Independent Review  19 (2), Fall 2014. Review of Michael Conant, The Constitution and Economic Regulation. Law & Politics Book Review , May 2009.

Review of Richard Markovits, Truth or Economics. Law & Politics Book Review , August 2008.

Review of Carl Zimring, Cash for Your Trash. EH.net , April 2008.

Review of Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics and Applied Economics. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization  59 (3) 2006: 450-453.

Review of William Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth. Liberty Guide,  2004.

Other Publications & Policy Papers 

“Should the Permanent Fund Sit On Its Assets?” Center for the Study of Economic Liberty Policy Report #2, Arizona State University, 2015.

“The Feasibility of Expanding Medicaid in Alabama,” (with Phillip Mixon), Johnson Center Working Paper, 2014.

“The ‘New’ Benefits of Environmental Regulation,” (with Dan Sutter) American Energy Alliance Policy Paper, 2012.

“Rethinking the Defined Benefit in Alabama’s Retirement System,” Alabama Policy Institute Policy Paper, 2012.

“The Political Economy of Medicaid Reform,” Mercatus Center Working Paper, 2012.

“Being Touch on Immigration is Tough on Economic Growth” (with Daniel Smith and Darrick Luke), 2012, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty  62 (1): 6-8.

“From Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution,” Mercatus Center Working Paper, 2011. The Economic Way of Thinking: Study Guide  and the Economic Way of Thinking: Test Bank  (with David Prychitko) for Paul Heyne, Peter Boettke, and David Prychitko. The Economic Way of Thinking , 12th ed., Pearson 2010.

Increasing Taxes During a Recession: The Wrong Medicine for Georgia  (with Mark Adams), Laffer Center for Economic Growth Manuscript, 2010.

Working Papers 

“Sugar, Diamonds, and Economic Freedom: The Cases of Botswana and Maritius” (with J. Robert Subrick)

“The Dangers of Conformity in Public Education” (with Dan Smith)

“Can’t See the Tacking Through the Trees? Try a Coasean Approach” (with Franklin Mixon)

Field Work 

Botswana Summer 2004
Led a team of scholars to Botswana to explore how Botswana escaped the “natural resource curse.”

Czech Republic  Summer 2003
Studied the Czech voucher privatization and barriers to entrepreneurship.

Czech Republic Summer 2002
Studied financial market regulations and impediments to foreign investment.

Teaching Experience 

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ): Professor of Practice

  • Senior Economics Capstone, Fall 2015

Troy University (Troy, AL): Associate Professor

  • Emerging Markets (MBA), Fall 2014
  • Law & Economics, Fall 2012
  • Macroeconomic Principles, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics, Spring 2012
  • Theories of International Economic Development (MBA), Fall 2011
  • Microeconomic Principles, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Mercer University (Macon, GA): Assistant Professor

  • Economic and Moral Foundations of Capitalism, Spring 2010
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics, Fall 2009
  • Readings in Political Economy, Spring 2009
  • Public Choice, Spring 2009
  • Principles of Economics, Fall 2008
  • Economic Conditions and Market Fundamentals (PMBA), Fall 2008, Fall 2009
  • Industrial Organization, Spring 2007
  • Macroeconomic Principles, Fall 2006, Summer 2008, Summer 2009, Fall 2009
  • Law & Economics, Spring 2006
  • Global Macroeconomics (PMBA), Fall 2006
  • Applied Microeconomics (MBA), Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2009
  • Business Quantitative Analysis, Summer 2005
  • Global Macroeconomics (MBA), Summer 2005, Summer 2006, Summer 2008, Summer 2009
  • Public Economics, Spring 2005
  • Microeconomic Principles, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
  • Intermediate Microeconomics, Fall 2004, Fall 2008, Spring 2010.

Beloit College (Beloit, WI): Assistant Professor

  • International Trade and Finance, Spring 2008
  • Principles of Economics, Spring 2008
  • International Economics, Fall 2007, Spring 2008

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA): Instructor

  • Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives (Honors Course), Fall 2003
  • Macroeconomic Principles, Spring 2003
  • Microeconomic Principles, Fall 2002

Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and Georgetown University (Washington, DC); The Fund for American Studies (TFAS): Discussion Leader/Teaching Assistant

  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Course in Political Economy: American Institute for Political and Economic Systems (AIPES), July/August 2002, 2003

Service/Committee Work 

Sorrell College of Business, Troy University

  • College Review Committee (i.e., Tenure & Promotion) 2013-2014
  • Professional and Community Engagement Committee 2013-2014
  • Mission and Vision Statement Committee 2011-2014
  • Dean’s Executive Committee 2010-2014

Mercer University

  • Mercer University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee 2009-2010
  • Student Committee 2006-2007; 2008-2010
  • Academic Integrity Council 2006-2007
  • Sigma Nu Advisor 2006-2007
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Advisor 2006-2007

Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University

  • Strategic Management Committee 2006-2006
Referee for Academic Journals 

African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, The American Economist, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Constitutional Political Economy, Economics Research International, Human Rights Review, Independent Review, Journal of Private Enterprise, Louvain Economic Review, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Review of Austrian Economics, Review of Social Economics, WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

Dissertation 

Essays on Property Rights Economics: Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Property Rights and its Application

Committee: Peter Boettke (Chair), Bryan Caplan, Richard Wagner, Steven Eagle (Outside Reader: Law)
Proposed: May 2003 Defended: March 2004

Fields of Interest 

Primary: Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, Political Economy

Secondary: International Economics, Law & Economics, Public Economics

References 

Dr. Peter Boettke 
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-1151; pboettke@gmu.edu

Dr. William S. Mounts
Dean
School of Business & Public Affairs
College of Coastal Georgia
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 279-5851; wmounts@ccga.edu

Dr. Robert Lawson
Fullinwider Chair in Economic Freedom
Cox School of Business
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275
(906) 227-2220; dprychit@nmu.edu

Dr. Judson Edwards
Dean
Sorrell College of Business
Troy University
Troy, AL
(334) 670-3989; jcedwards@troy.edu

Dr. Benjamin Powell Director
Free Market Institute
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409
(806) 834-3097; benjaminwpowell@gmail.com

Dr. David Prychitko
Department of Economics
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855
(614) 668-2138; robert.a.lawson@gmail.com