Research

Journal Articles

“Rhetoric versus Reality: The Best and Worst of Aid Agency Practices.” (with William Easterly). 2011. World Development, forthcoming.


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


"Civilizing Society," 2010. Journal of Private Enterprise, forthcoming. 


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


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


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


 “Cultural Context: The Productivity of Capitalism.” (with Rachel Mathers). 2011. Kyklos, 64(2): 231-252. 


"Propertyless in Peru, Even With a Government Land Title," (with Carrie B. Kerekes). 2009. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69(3): 1011-1033. 

 

"Exploring the Failure of Foreign Aid: The Role of Incentives and Information," 2009. 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 Arrangments 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.

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"Unveiling de Soto's Mystery: Property Rights, Capital Formation, & Economic Develoment," (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.

 

Other Publications 

Focus On West Virginia Internationally,” with George Hammond in West Virginia Economic Outlook 2005, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia University.

 

Focus On West Virginia County Performance,” with George Hammond in West Virginia Economic Outlook 2005, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia University.

 

Focus On West Virginia State Comparison,” West Virginia Economic Outlook 2005, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia University.

 

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), 

2009-2010.


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 Cultural Opposition to Capitalism: Mythbusting Through Our Past,” in Russell S. Sobel, eds., Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West  Virginia State Line, and How to Fix It. 2007.

 

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.   

 

Policy Papers

Retirees and Economic Development in West Virginia, (with Mehmet Serkan Tosun, Arzu Sen and Pavel Yakovlev). May 2006. 

 

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.