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Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Coordination Problem

Wirth Institute 2018 Conference on the Austrian School of Economics

For over a decade, the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies has been hosting a biannual conference exploring the history, philosophy, and relevance of the Austrian School of Economics.  The Wirth Institute is located at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and was established in 1998 and serves as an academic and culture center, and is part of a larger network of academic and cultural institutes dedicated to the study of Central European history and...

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All Things Marx and Socialism at Liberty Fund

A couple of items at the Liberty Fund website that might be of interest to CP readers: This month's "Liberty Matters" is on Marx, with the main essay by Virgil Storr, and responses by me, Dave Prychitko, and Pete Boettke, as well as David Hart of Liberty Fund.  General discussion will follow those responses. I also have an Econlib feature this month discussing Mises's Socialism as it nears its 100th anniversary. The piece on Socialism focuses on Mises's theory of...

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Talking About the Hayek Book

This was waiting for me yesterday when I returned from Michigan State University where I gave my first book talk on F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy. I am just starting to give talks, but I have been doing a few podcasts over the last few weeks.  Caleb Brown at Cato was my first podcast, but that hasn't been posted yet.  Soon I understand.  The Economics Detective, The Economic Rockstar, and the Remnant with Jonah Goldberg have all been...

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Coming to a Library Near You

My book on Hayek will be published in The Great Thinkers in Economics series and is priced largely for the university and college library market. So most likely you will have to wait and check this one out when it gets to the library stacks near you. However, you are able to get the book at a discount for personal use, and if your library subscribes to Palgrave/Macmillan catalogue you might be able to order a version of MyCopy, which I don't really know the details about but it...

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The Science War — And YES I did say WAR, and Its Sad

Ideally, science is a an exchange of ideas with the goal of tracking truth.  Contestation of viewpoints is critical to this process.  So science is a competitive and cooperative venture.  Personally, the best books I have ever read about science aren't Popper's, but Polanyi's.  Popper's work -- especially post The Logic of Scientific Discovery -- give us great insight. But I think Polanyi's Personal Knowledge is better picture of the internal dynamics of science, and his essay "The...

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Chapter Abstracts from book on Hayek

Word from Palgrave/Macmillan is that my book, F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy, and Social Philosophy will be published next week. In the process of preparing the book for final publication I was asked to provide chapter abstracts. Here they are: Chapter 1 Friedrich Hayek’s ideas played a fundamental role in all major debates over economic policy-making throughout his lifetime and beyond. They were developed in a precise historical context and were the...

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The Hayek Interviews as a Great Resource

The oral history project at UCLA is a treasure trove for Hayek scholars.  As I was working through my book, I spent a tremendous amount of time watching, listening and reading material from this source.  You can find the material all collected at UFM, but also on You Tube and at UCLA you can find the entire transcript of the conversations.  Hayek's memory is not 100% accurate, but his insights I would argue come shining through.  The strongest interviews are with Alchian, Buchanan...

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Constitutional Principles, Political Economy, and The Teaching of Economics

Watch this conversation between Walter Williams and James Buchanan.  A couple things to note.  For Buchanan and Williams the critical issue is constitutional restraints.  Note the point raised about interpret group politics and winning coalitions, this is the point developed in Politics by Principle, Not Interest. And, note how Buchanan views the problems with the Warren Courts are associated with the erosion of constitutional restraints, not in...

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Special issue of Real-World Economic Review on The Public Economy and a New Public Economics

The relationship between the economy and the state is as old as the discipline of economics itself.  In the recent issue of Real-World Economic Review, this topic is explored by an array of authors that seek to challenge various aspects of what they consider the classical position.  There really isn't any new faces in this crowd, so anyone who has read in this topic for awhile will know the names and pretty much could guess the positions expressed, but it is convenient to have them...

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