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2012 Center Doctorates

Alberto Bantiti defended his dissertation, “The Political Economy of Health Care: Technology and Public R&D” under Dr. Thomas Stratmann. Dr. Alex Tabarrok served on his committee.

Ronald Baty defended his dissertation, “Uncertainty and Bias in Global Warming” under Dr. Donald Boudreaux. Dr. David Levy served on his committee.

Jared Barton defended his dissertation, “Lies, Damned Lies, and Elections: Three Essays in Experimental Public Choice” Dr. Thomas Stratmann served on his committee.

Kenneth Conrad defended his dissertation, “Signals From the Equity and Options Markets for Stock Selection” under Dr. Bryan Caplan. Dr. Garett Jones served on his committee.

Nakul Kumar defended his dissertation, “The Political Economy of Indian Disaster Relief” under Dr. John Nye.

Shawn Miller defended his dissertation, “Are Software Patents Different? Evidence from the Empirical Analysis of Litigation” under Dr. Alex Tabarrok. Dr. Robin Hanson served on his committee.

 


2011 Center Doctorates

In Memoriam

Douglas Rogers

Douglas Rogers was awarded his doctorate posthumously for his dissertation, “Organizing Crime: Towards a Theory of the Criminal Firm,” under Dr. Peter Leeson.

 


 

Robert Warren Anderson defended his dissertation, “How To Expect the Portuguese Inquisition,” under Dr. John Nye.

 

William Christie defended his dissertation, “Laboratory Experiments in Voter Behavior,”under Dr. John Nye. Dr. Thomas Stratmann served on his committee.

 

Thomas L. Hogan defended his dissertation, “Essays on Money, Banking, and Finance.” Dr. Tyler Cowen served on his committee.

 

Kenneth Lee defended his dissertation, “Essays in Health Economics: Empirical Studies on the Determinants of Health,” under Dr. Robin Hanson. Dr. David Levy served on his committee.

Andrew Wallen defended his dissertation, “The Blessings of Security: Economic Consequences of Conflict,” under Dr. John Nye. Dr. Thomas Stratmann served on his committee.

 

 

   

 

 


2010 Center Doctorates

Michael Clark defended his dissertation, “The Virtuous Discourse of Adam Smith: The Political Economist's Measured Words on Public Policy.” Dr. Tyler Cowen served on his committee.

 

Steven Davis defended his dissertation, “The Trend Towards the Debasement of American Currency.” Dr. Robin Hanson served on his committee.

 

Brandon Lucas defended his dissertation, “The Influence of Adam Smith: The Hayekian Narrative, Honest Profit, and the Invisible Hand.” Dr. Don Boudreaux served on his committee.

 

Adam Smith defended his dissertation, “The Cost of Conflict.”

 


2009 Center Doctorates

Michael Thomas defended his dissertation, "The Political Economy of Repugnance," under adviser Peter Boettke. He is teaching at Utah State with his new wife and colleague Diana Weinert.

Diana Weinart defended her dissertation, "An Entrepreneurial Perspective on Regulatory Change in Germany’s Medieval Brewing Industry," under Peter Leeson. She is teaching at Utah State with her new husband and colleague Michael Thomas.

 

 

Jonathan Rundle defended his dissertation, "Institutional Aspects and Fiscal Outcomes of U.S. Municipal Governance," under adviser Thomas Stratmann.

Clair Smith defended her dissertation, "The Structure of Higher Education:  Order in the Academy," under adviser Don Boudreaux.

Scott Wentland defended his dissertation, "An Economic Analysis of Political Beliefs in Tort and Criminal Law," under adviser Alex Tabarrok.

 

SangHo Yoon defended his dissertation, "Essays on Addiction, Myopic, and Inconsistency," under adviser Laurence R. Iannaccone.


2008 Center Doctorates

Kail Padgitt defended his dissertation, "The Effects of Legitimacy and Transparency of leadership...An Experimental Study," under adviser Dan Houser. He is currently working for the Koch Foundation.

 

Jennis Biser defended her dissertation, "The United States Supreme Court and Regulatory Takings Judgements 1905-2005," under adviser Charles Rowley. She is teaching at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.

 

Matthew Mitchell defended his dissertation, "Justices, Presidents and Politicians: A Strategic Account of Supreme Court Nominations," under adviser Thomas Stratmann. He currently works for Koch Foundation.

 

William Butterfield defended his dissertation, "Prizes for Development:  The Political Economy of Subsidizing Good Institutional Outcomes," under adviser Roger Congleton.

Gordon Smith defended his dissertation, "The Effects of a Generalized Appreciation of East Asian Currencies on Exports from China," with Roger Congleton.

Andrew Wise defended his dissertation, "The Illusion of Independent Regulatory Commission Independence," under adviser Charles Rowley. His committee included Roger Congleton.

Yongjing (Eugene) Zhang defended his dissertation, "The Evolution of China Towards an Authoritarian Market Economy," under adviser Charles Rowley. His committee included Gordon Tullock. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College.


2007 Center Doctorates

 

 

Colleen Berndt joined center faculty and staff to honor Betty Tillman after defending her dissertation, "The Economics of Religion: An Overview of the Literature and Two Extensions" under adviser Laurence Iannaccone.

 

 

 

 

 

Bridget Butkevich proudly holds her finished dissertation "Constrained Coordination: Experimental and Russian Evidence ," which she completed under adviser David Levy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clark Durant defended his dissertation“To Rule and Be Ruled In Turns: How To Grow a Constitution From an Electoral Seed” under adviser Tyler Cowen.

 

 

 

 

Michael Makowsky defended his dissertation "The Dynamics of Religious Groups, Divides, and Extremism" under adviser Laurence Iannaccone. He currently teaches at Towson University. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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