Research

Uncertainty Abroad Does Ancestral Distance Affect U.S. Multinational Enterprise Activity?

Coauthor Brandon N. Cline. Accepted for presentation at 2017 SEA, 2019 APEE. 2021.

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Individualism and Women's Economic Rights

Coauthor with Lewis Davis. Accepted for presentation at 2020 SEA. 2021.

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Do Culture and Law Interact to Determine Business Regulation?

Coauthor Lewis Davis. 2021.

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Are Economic Arguments Against Immigration Missing the Boat? The Fiscal Effect of the Mariel Boatlift

Coauthors Lili Yao and J. Brandon Bolen. Accepted for presentation at 2021 APEE. 2021

Boats

The Importance of Choice: Catfish Man of the Woods Theory of Development

 2021.

Herbs

Egalitarian Institutions and the Gender Labor Force Gap

Coauthors Daniel L. Bennett, Matthew Bonick, Nicholas Reinarts. Accepted for presentation at 2020 APEE. 2020.

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Working Papers

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Journal Articles

“Trust, Regulation and Market Efficiency.”

(with Brandon N. Cline and Haoyang Xiong)

Public Choice, forthcoming

“Brain Gains: A Cross-Country Study on the Association between Remittances and Entrepreneurship.”

(with Joshua K. Bedi and Shaomeng Jia)

International Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, forthcoming

Culture and the Regulation of Insider Trading across Countries.”

(with Brandon N. Cline and Haoyang Xiong)

Journal of Corporate Finance

“The Effect of Mass Immigrant Legalization on U.S. State-level Institutions: Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act” 

(with Lili Yao and J. Brandon Bolen)

Public Choice

“Grading Foreign Aid Agencies: Best Practices Across Traditional and Emerging Donors.”

(with Liya Palagashvili)

Review of Development Economics, 25: 654– 676

“Culture, Democracy and Regulation.”

Constitutional Political Economy

“Cultural Roots of Family Ties.”

(with Lewis Davis) 2020

Journal of Institutional Economics

“Trust, Regulation and Contracting Institutions.”

(with Brandon N. Cline)

European Financial Management

“Are Aid Agencies Changing their Practices?”

(with Liya Palagashvili)

Journal of International Development

“Are We Austrian Economists?”

Review of Austrian Economics

2019 Presidential Address Society for the Development of Austrian Economics Annual Meeting

"Does Individualism Promote Gender Equality?"

(with Lewis Davis) 2019

World Development

“An Empirical Examination of Institutions and Cross-Country Incarceration Rates.”

(with Daniel J. D’Amico).

Public Choice

“Aid, Policies and Growth: Why So Much Confusion?”

(with Shaomeng Jia)

Contemporary Economic Policy

*2019 co-Best Article Award

“The Path of Reform: The Consequences of Institutional Volatility.”

(with J. Brandon Bolen)

Kyklos

“The Punitive Consequences of Organizational Structures in England, France and the United States.”

(with Daniel J. D’Amico)

Journal of Institutional Economics

“Open Borders for Business? Causes and Consequences of the Regulation of Foreign Entry.” 2018

(with Lewis Davis)

Southern Economic Journal

“Is Human Trafficking the Dark Side of Economic Freedom?”

(with L. Heller, R. Lawson, and R. Murphy)

Defense and Peace Economics

“Individualism, Democracy and Contract Enforcement.” 2017

(with Brandon N. Cline)

Journal of Corporate Finance

“Praise for Property.”

Journal of Private Enterprise

“Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing.” 2016

(with Brandon N. Cline)

Journal of Corporate Finance

*2015 Financial Management Association Best Paper Award Semi-Finalist

“Culture and the Regulation of Entry.”

(with Lewis Davis)

Journal of Comparative Economics

“Can Foreign Aid Free the Press?”

(with Nabamita Dutta)

Journal of Institutional Economics

“Aiding Economic Freedom: Exploring the Role of Political Institutions.”

(with Nabamita Dutta)

European Journal of Political Economy

“The Relationship between Income, Economic Freedom, and BMI.”

(with Robert Lawson and Ryan Murphy)

Public Health

“Do Legal Origins Affect Cross-Country Incarceration Rates?” 2015 

(with Daniel J. D’Amico)

Journal of Comparative Economics

“Foreign Aid and the Culture of Contracting.”

(with Christopher Coyne)

Eastern Economic Journal

“(Non?) Profits to the Rescue.” 2014

Studies in Emergent Order

“The Amplification Effect: Foreign Aid’s Impact on Political Institutions.” 2013

(with Peter Leeson and Nabamita Dutta)

Kyklos

 

“Disentangling Institutional Determinants of Entrepreneurship.”

American Journal of Entrepreneurship

“Think Tanks.” 2012

(with Peter Leeson and Matt Ryan)

Journal of Comparative Economics

“Discovering Law: Hayekian Competition in Medieval Iceland.”

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

Griffith Law Review

“Introduction: Ideas Matter—The Relevance of Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Society.”

Journal of Socio-Economics

“Dignity and Development.”

Journal of Socio-Economics

“Elderly Migration and Education Spending: Intergenerational Conflict Revisited.”

(with Mehmet Serkan Tosun and Pavel Yakovlev)

Public Budgeting and Finance

“Trade Openness and Cultural Creative Destruction.”

(with Christopher J. Coyne)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

“Securing Private Property: Formal versus Informal Institutions.” 2011

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

Journal of Law and Economics

“Rhetoric versus Reality: The Best and Worst of Aid Agency Practices.”

(with William Easterly)

World Development

“Economic Freedom, Culture and Growth.”

(with Rachel Mathers)

Public Choice

“Cultural Context: The Productivity of Capitalism.”

(with Rachel Mathers)

Kyklos

“Civilizing Society.”

Journal of Private Enterprise

*Winner of Association of Private Enterprise Education Best Paper Award

“Disagreement Between Direct and Overall Liberty: Even Less Troubling than Suggested?”

Reason Papers

“Propertyless in Peru, Even With a Government Land Title.” 2010 

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

“Exploring the Failure of Foreign Aid: The Role of Incentives and Information.”

Review of Austrian Economics

“Anarchy and Development: An Application of the Theory of Second Best.” 2009

(with Peter T. Leeson)

Law and Development Review

“Informal Institutions Rule: Institutional Arrangements and Economic Performance.”

Public Choice

“The (Lack of) Impact of Government Land Titling: Case Study Evidence from Rural Peru.” 2008

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

Revista de Economía y Derecho

“Unveiling de Soto’s Mystery:  Property Rights, Capital, and Development.”

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

Journal of Institutional Economics

“Foreign Aid and Human Development: The Impact of Foreign Aid to the Health Sector.”

Southern Economic Journal

“Is Codification of Informal Property Institutions Necessary for Economic Development?” 2006

(with Carrie B. Kerekes)

Journal for the New Europe

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Colorful Books

Books

Lessons on Foreign Aid and Economic Development: Micro and Macro Perspectives.

Dutta, Nabamita, Claudia R. Williamson (eds.),

Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 

 

 

Promoting Prosperity in Mississippi.

Cline, Brandon N., Russell S. Sobel, and Claudia R. Williamson (eds.),

Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Institute for Market Studies, 2018.

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Book Chapters

“Aid Allocation and Outcomes: What Role Do Political Motives Play?”, Chapter 7,

in Nabamita Dutta and Claudia R. Williamson, eds.,

Lessons on Foreign Aid and Economic Development: Micro and Macro Perspectives.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“Can Foreign Aid Promote Political and Economic Freedom?”, Chapter 10,

in Nabamita Dutta and Claudia R. Williamson, eds.,

Lessons on Foreign Aid and Economic Development: Micro and Macro Perspectives.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.​

 

“Why are Taxes so Taxing?” (with Brandon N. Cline), Chapter 4,

in Brandon N. Cline, Russell S. Sobel, and Claudia R. Williamson, eds.,

Promoting Prosperity in Mississippi.

Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Institute for Market Studies, 2018.

“Make Business Taxes More Competitive.” (with Brandon N. Cline), Chapter 5,

in Brandon N. Cline, Russell S. Sobel, and Claudia R. Williamson, eds.,

Promoting Prosperity in Mississippi.

Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Institute for Market Studies, 2018.​

 

“Incentive-Based Compensation and Economic Growth.” (with Brandon N. Cline), Chapter 7,

in Brandon N. Cline, Russell S. Sobel, and Claudia R. Williamson, eds.,

Promoting Prosperity in Mississippi.

Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Institute for Market Studies, 2018.​

 

“Can International Aid Improve Health?” (with Christopher J. Coyne), Chapter 20,

in Garrett Brown, Gavin Yamey and Sarah Wamala, eds.,

The Handbook of Global Health Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, May 2014.  ​

 

“Culture and Freedom.” (with Rachel Coyne)

in Joshua C. Hall, ed., Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, Volume 6 (Beloit College Press), 2013-2014.

“Can’t We All Just Get Along? Fractionalization, Institutions, and Economic Consequences.” (with Peter T. Leeson)

in Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel Mathers, eds.,

The Handbook on the Political Economy of War. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2011.

 

“The Two Sides of de Soto: Property Rights, Land Titling, and Development.”

in Emily Chamlee-Wright, ed.,

Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, Volume 2 (Beloit College Press), 2009-2010.

“Retirees and Economic Development in West Virginia.”  (with Mehmet Tosun, Arzu Sen, and Pavel Yakovlev),

in Pavel E. Gordeev, ed., Demographic Economics Research Perspectives.  

Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers, 2008.   ​

“The Cultural Opposition to Capitalism: Mythbusting Through Our Past.”

in Russell S. Sobel, ed.,

Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia State Line, and How to Fix It.  

Morgantown, WV: Center for Economic Growth, The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, 2007.

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Review of Alex Nowrasteh and Benjamin Powell.,

Wretched Refuse?: The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions. 2021.

Public Choice, forthcoming.​

 

Review of Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson,

The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. 2019.

The Independent Review, 26(1).​

 

Review of William Easterly,

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. 2015.

Public Choice, 163(3/4): 405-408.​

Review of Timothy Besley and Torsten Person,

Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters. 2012.

Public Choice, 153(1/2): 253-255.

 

Review of Samia Waheed Altaf,

So Much Aid, So Little Development: Stories from Pakistan. 2011.

Regional Studies, 45(9): 1289-1290. ​

 

Review of Edward J. Lopez, ed.

The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions. 2011.

Public Choice, 146(1/2): 265-267.

 

​Review of James T. Bennett,

Stifling Political Competition: How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties.  2009.

Public Choice, 141(3): 527-529.