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We assess Peter Boettke's public choice reading of F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (1944). In particular, we argue that Boettke's reading of Hayek's thesis ignores the possibility that rent-seeking interests may block movements along Hayek's road and does not give sufficient weight to facts on...
This paper replies to “The Servants of Obama's Machinery,” which is a criticism of Boettke's interpretation of Hayek's ideas in The Road to Serfdom. We find the authors raise many interesting questions for both political economy and history of thought but ultimately are unconvincing in their...
Using a direct measure of special interest group (SIG) strength from Thomas and Hrebenar, I analyze the effects of SIGs on economic growth across 48 contiguous US states. Thomas and Hrebenar categorize the strength of SIGs in each state into five categories: dominant, dominant/complementary,...
This paper explores salaries for New York Yankees players during the early 20th century. Thanks to the recent availability of a unique data set, we are able to construct detailed earnings profiles using individual player salaries. Human capital wage estimates suggest that the Yankees’ owners...
We model the advertising competition between an incumbent and a new entrant in multiple independent markets after the new entrant suffers a demand-reducing shock. The incumbent is privately informed about the effect of the shock, and has incentive to signal the entrant its private information in...
We analyze the determinants of salaries for players in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) using performance data from 2004 to 2006 and compensation data from 2005 to 2007. We find that salaries in NPB are determined by different factors than those that drive salaries in Major League Baseball...
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