Claudia R. Williamson
Post-Doctoral Fellow
New York University, Development Research Institute
claudia.williamson@nyu.edu

Positions
2009-            Post-doctoral Fellow, Development Research Institute, New York University
2008-2010     Assistant Professor of Economics, Appalachian State University
2007-2008     F. A. Hayek Visiting Scholar, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
2004-2007     Research Assistant, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia University

Academic Affiliations
2011-    New York University, M.A. Program Adjunct Instructor
2009-    New York University, Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes Visiting Fellow
2010-    Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, FEE Prize Committee

Education
2008     Ph.D., West Virginia University
2006     M.A., West Virginia University
2004     B.B.A, Marshall University, summa cum laude and University Honors.

Fellowships and Awards
2010-2012     Searle Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship 
2010-2011     H.B. Earhart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship Support
2009-2010     Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship
2009             Templeton Fellow, Independent Institute Junior Faculty Paper Award
2008             Harper Academic Research Graduate Student Essay Award
2008             Summer Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
2007             Donald Lavoie Memorial Award
2007             Jon Vilasuso Publication Award
2007             Jon Vilasuso Advanced Doctoral Student Award
2007             F.A. Hayek Travel Grant, Institute for Humane Studies
2005-2009     Young Scholars Fellow, Association of Private Enterprise Education

Journal Articles
“Rhetoric versus Reality: The Best and Worst of Aid Agency Practices.” (with William Easterly). 2010. World Development, forthcoming.

“Securing Private Property: Formal versus Informal Institutions.” (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2010. Journal of Law and Economics, forthcoming.

“Economic Freedom, Culture and Growth.” (with Rachel Mathers). 2010. Public Choice, forthcoming.

“Civilizing Society.” 2010. Journal of Private Enterprise, forthcoming. 

“Disagreement Between Direct and Overall Liberty: Even Less Troubling than Suggested?” 2011. Reason Papers, forthcoming. 

“Trade Openness and Cultural Creative Destruction.” (with Christopher J. Coyne). 2010. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, forthcoming. 

"Cultural Context: The Productivity of Capitalism.” (with Rachel Mathers). 2010. Kyklos, 64(2): 231-252. 

“Propertyless in Peru, Even With a Government Land Title.” (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2010. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(3): 1011-1033.

“Exploring the Failure of Foreign Aid: The Role of Incentives and Information.” 2010. The Review of Austrian Economics, 23(1): 17-33.  
 
“Anarchy and Development: An Application of the Theory of Second Best.” (with Peter T. Leeson).  2009. Law and Development Review, 2(1), Article 4.

“Informal Institutions Rule: Institutional Arrangements and Economic Performance.” 2009. Public Choice, 139(3): 371-387.

“The (Lack of) Impact of Government Land Titling: Case Study Evidence from Rural Peru.” (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2008.  Revista de Economía y Derecho, 5(20): 107-119. 

 “Unveiling de Soto’s Mystery:  Property Rights, Capital, and Development.” (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2008.  Journal of Institutional Economics, 4(3): 299-325.

“Foreign Aid and Human Development: The Impact of Foreign Aid to the Health Sector.”  2008.  Southern Economic Journal, 75(1) 188-207. 

“Is Codification of Informal Property Institutions Necessary for Economic Development?” (with Carrie B. Kerekes).  2006.  Journal for the New Europe, 3(2): 27-57.

Book Chapters
“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), forthcoming.

“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, forthcoming.   

“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.

Book Reviews
Review of James T. Bennett, Stifling Political Competition: How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties.  Public Choice, 141(3): 527-529.

Review of Edward J. Lopez, ed. The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions. Public Choice, forthcoming. 

Working Papers
“Grey Dawn: New Evidence on Intergenerational Conflict in Education Spending.” (with Mehmet Serkan Tosun and Pavel Yakovlev). 2010. IZA Working Paper. Public Budgeting and Finance, Revise and Resubmit. 

“Think Tanks.” (with Peter Leeson and Matt Ryan). 2010.

“Fixing Failed Foreign Aid: Can Agency Practices Improve?” 2010. 

“Erosion of Culture: Aid, Not Trade?” (with Christopher Coyne). 2010. 

“Medieval Iceland.” (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2010

“Constraining Predation.” 2011.

“Dignity and Development.” 2011. 

“Do States Promote Development?” (with Adam Martin) 2010.

“Putting Geography in Its Place: Exchange, Culture, and Development.” 2009.

“UFOs.” (with Peter Leeson). 2008.  

Development Research Institute Projects
Update to “Where Does the Money Go? Best and Worst Practices in Foreign Aid.” (William Easterly and Tobias Pfutze) 2008. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(2): 29-52.

Aid Watch Blog Posts: P.T. Bauer, Development Prophet; Could Aid Revive Business Instead of Stamping it Out?; IAD on A-I-D; The Millennium Development What?

Field Research
2007 Research on Land Titling in Cusco, Peru, July-August 2007 (Funded by Mercatus Center, Global Prosperity Initiative)

Grant Projects
Graduate Student Mentorship Program, January 2009 to May 2010 (Funded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation)
Evaluation of the School Aid Formula for the State of West Virginia, July 2005 to July 2007 (Funded by the West Virginia State Legislature)
A Comprehensive Analysis of WV State Road Fund and Policy Options, July 2006 to July 2007  (Funded by West Virginia State Legislature) 
West Virginia Tax Modernization Project, July 2006 to October 2006 (Funded by the West Virginia State Legislature)
Retirees and Economic Development in West Virginia, December 2004 to May 2006 (Funded by the Bernard McDonough Foundation)

Conference Participation
2011 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Nassau, Bahamas
2010 Southern Economic Association Conference, Atlanta, GA
2010 Testing the Limits of Spontaneous Order, Liberty Fund, Seattle, WA
2010 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV
2010 Aid Transparency and Development Finance: Lessons from AidData, Oxford, UK
2010 World Affairs Conference, Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada
2009 Southern Economic Association Conference, San Antonio, TX
2009 BB&T Democratic Irrationality: Ancient and Modern, UVA, Charlottesville, VA
2009 Liberty and Responsibility in Adam Smith, Liberty Fund, Holland, MI
2009 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2009 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus A. Stavros Center, Tampa, FL
2008 Southern Economic Association Conference, Washington D.C.
2008 New Theories of Democratic Failure, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Austrian Economics, Foundation of Economic Education, NY 
2008 Social Change Workshop, Institute for Human Studies, Brown University
2008 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV 
2008 Public Choice Society Meetings, San Antonio, TX
2007 Southern Economic Association Conference, New Orleans, LA
2007 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Cancun, Mexico 
2006 Southern Economic Association Conference, Charleston, SC
2006 3rd annual Mises Seminar, Instituto Brueno Leoni, Sestri Levante, Italy
2006 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV 
2005 National Tax Association Conference, Miami, Florida
2005 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Orlando, FL 

Referee
World Development, Journal of Development Economics, Public Choice, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Journal of Private Enterprise, Review of Austrian Economics, Advances in Austrian Economics, European Economics and Business, and Publish What You Fund

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Claudia Williamson,
May 10, 2011, 8:31 AM