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Graduate Student Reading Group

The Center for Free Enterprise runs a regular reading group for graduate students in economics at a local eating establishment. Each week an important contemporary or classic paper or book is assigned to students and faculty to read. The primary goal of the reading group is for graduate students to learn and reflect on core papers and ideas that touch upon the Center’s mission but which they are unlikely to encounter during their normal graduate studies. In addition, the reading group has the salutary benefit of allowing CFE faculty and graduate students to regularly see one another to share ideas regarding teaching and potential papers.

  Spring 2017

  • January 26    Fleck, R., Hanssen, A. 2009. Rulers Ruled By Women: An Economic Analysis of the Rise and Fall of Women's Rights in Ancient Sparta. Economics of Governance. Volume 10, Issue 3, 221–245.
  • February 2    Jaeger, D., Paserma, M. 2008. The Cycle of Violence? An Empirical Analysis of Fatalities in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. American Economic Review. Vol. 98, No. 4, 1591-1604.
  • February 9    Deck, C., Lee, J., Reyes, J., Rosen, C. 2013. A Failed Attempt to Explain Within Subject Variation in Risk Taking Behavior Using Domain Specific Risk Attitudes. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Volume 87, 1-24.
  • February 16    Barro, R. 1996.  Democracy and Growth.  Journal of Economic Growth. Vol. 1, No. 1, 1-27.
  • February 23    Buchanan, J. 1954. Individual Choice and Voting in the Market. Journal of Political Economy.  Volume 62, Issue 4, 334 – 343.
  • March 16    Grief, A., Milgrom, P., Weingast, B.  2004. Coordination, Commitment, and Enforcement: The Case of the Market Guild. Journal of Political Economy. Volume 102, Issue 4, 745-776.
  • March 23     Glaeser, E., Kessler, D., Morrison Piehl, A. 2000. What do Prosecutors Maximize? An Analysis of the Federalization of Drug Crimes. American Law and Economics Review. Vol. 2, No. 2, 259-290.
  • March 30    Tullock, G. 1975. The Efficient Organization of Trials. Kyklos. Volume 28, Issue 4, 745–762.
  • April 6    Sonin, K. 2003. Why the Rich May Favor Poor Protection of Property Rights. Journal of Comparative Economics. Volume 31, Issue 4, 715-731.

  Fall 2016

  • August 25    Tullock , G. 1971. Public Decisions as Public Goods. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 79, No. 4, 913-918 
  • September 1    Powell, B., Wilson. 2007. An Experimental Investigation of Hobbesian Jungles. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol. 66, 669–686 
  • September 7    Manne, H. 1971. The Political Economy of Modern Universities. Major portion of an address to trustees and guests of the Foundation for Economic Education. 
  • September 14    Baker, S., Mezzetti , C. 2012. A Theory of Rational Jurisprudence. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 120, No. 3, 513-551 
  • September 21    Bernstein, L. 1992. Opting out of the Legal System: Extralegal Contractual Relations in the Diamond Industry. The Journal of Legal Studies. Vol. 21, No. 1, 115-157 
  • September 28    Smith, V. 2002. Constructivist and Ecological Rationality in Economics. Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2002, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation] 
  • October 5    Professor Roger Congleton’s book-in-progress Ethics and Constitutional Political Economy. 
  • October 12    Murray, F., Stern S. 2007. Do Formal Intellectual Property Rights Hinder the Free Flow of Scientific Knowledge. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Volume 63, Issue 4, 648–687. 
  • October 19    Hart, O., Schleifer, A., Vishny, R. 1997. The Proper Scope of Government: Theory and Application to Prisons. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1127-1161. 
  • October 26    Whitt, S., Wilson, R. 2007. Public Goods in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston" Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 74, No. 2, 377-387 
  • November 2    Dahlman , C. 1979. The Problem of Externality. The Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 22, No. 1, 141-162 
  • November 10    Yeager, L. 1986. The Significance of Monetary Disequilibrium. Cato Journal, Vol.6, No.2, 369-399 
  • November 30    Davies, A. 2014. Regulation and Productivity. Mercatus Center.

  Spring 2016

  • January 21    Olson, M. 1993. Dictatorship, democracy, and development. American Political Science Review 87, 567-576.
  • January 28    List, J. A., Millimet, D. L. 2008. The market: catalyst for rationality and filter of irrationality. B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 8, 1-55. 
  • February 4    Becker, G. S. 1993. The economic way of looking at behavior. Journal of Political Economy 101, 385-409. 
  • February 18    González De Lara, Y. Grief, A. Jha, S. 2008. The administrative foundations of self-enforcing constitutions. American Economic Review 98, 105-109. 
  • February 25    Grossman, H. I. 2002. “Make us a king”: Anarchy, predation, and the State. European Journal of Political Economy 18, 31-46. 
  • March 3    Alchian, A. A., Demsetz, H. 1972. Production, information costs, and economic organization. American Economic Review. 62, 777-795. 
  • March 31     Weingast, B. R. 2005. The constitutional dilemma of economic liberty. Journal of Economic Perspectives 19, 89-108. 
  • April 7    Schmidtz, D. 1997. When preservation doesn’t preserve. Environmental Values 6, 327-339. 
  • April 14    Higgs, R. 1997. Regime uncertainty. Independent Review 1, 561-590. 
  • April 21    Manne, H. G. 1971. The political economy of modern universities. AGB Report

  Fall 2015

  • August 27    Depres, Christophe, Grolleau, Gilles, Mzought, Naoufel. 2008. “Contracting for Environmental Property Rights: the Case of Vittel,” Economica 75, 412-434.
  • September 3    Galor, O., Moav, O. 2002. “Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 117, 1133-1191.
  • September 10    Libecap, Gary D. 2011. “The Demarcation of Land and the Role of Coordinating Property Institutions,” Journal of Political Economy 119, 426-467.
  • September 17    Tullock, Gordon. Bureaucracy (first half).
  • September 24    Tullock, Gordon. Bureaucracy (second half).
  • October 1    Glaeser, Edward L. 1996. “The Incentive Effects of Property Rights on Local Governments,” Public Choice. 98, 93-11.
  • October 8    Leeson, Peter T. 2011. “Government, Clubs, and Constitutions,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 80, 301-308.
  • October 15    D’Amico, Daniel. 2015. “The Punitive Consequences of Legal Origins,” [Paper by CFE-sponsored guest; to be distributed.]
  • October 29    Siedentop, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism.
  • November 5    Siedentop, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism.
  • November 12    Cheung, Steven N. 1983. “The Contractual Nature of the Firm,” Journal of Law and Economics 26, 1-21.
  • November 19    Congleton, Roger D. 2015. “The Ethics of Progress: Entrepreneurship and Spontaneous Orders.”
  • December 3    Williamson, Claudia R., Kerekes, C. B. 2011. “Securing Private Property: Formal versus Informal Institutions,” Journal of Law and Economics 54, 537-572.
  • December 10    Muller, Dennis C. 2014. “Constraining Leviathan,” Constitutional Political Economy 25, 88-102.

  Spring 2015

  • February 16    Demsetz, H. 1967. “Toward a Theory of Property Rights,” American Economic Review 57: 347-359.
  • February 23    Rubin, P. H. 2003. “Folk Economics,” Southern Economic Journal 70: 157-171.
  • March 2    Svensson, J. 2005. “Eight Questions about Corruption,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 19: 19-42. 
  • March 9    Congleton, R. D. 2014. Moral Foundations of Capitalism chs. 6 & 7.
  • March 30    Ostrom, E. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge University Press. chs. 1 & 2.
  • April 6    Alchian, Armen A. 1950. “Uncertainty, Evolution, and Economic theory,”Journal of Political Economy 58: 211-221.
  • April 20    [Jamie Bologna’s dissertation proposal in the afternoon take priority!]
  • April 27    Ostrom, E. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge University Press. chs. 3 & 4.

Graduate Reading Group