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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.

  Fall 2016

  Spring 2016

  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.

    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 LocalGovernments,” 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.

Graduate Reading Group