Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs The Mercatus Center’s Academic & Student Programs supports students, through a variety of fellowship programs, and scholars. http://asp.mercatus.org/
The Mercatus Center is a university-based research center that focuses on how markets solve problems & improve our lives.
(2)

For over 30 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (previously the Center for the Study of Market Processes) has recruited, trained, and supported graduate students who have gone on to pursue careers in academia, government, and public policy as well as support scholars pursuing research on the cutting edge of academia. The Mercatus Center’s Academic & Student Programs provides support for scholars pursuing research in the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy and provides support for students at George Mason University as well as colleges and universities around the world. Mercatus student fellows have an opportunity to learn from and interact with an impressive collection of Mercatus faculty, affiliated scholars, and visitors. Past visiting scholars have included Nobel Laureates James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Douglass North, and Elinor Ostrom, as well as eminent scholars such as Gordon Tullock, Ludwig Lachmann, Israel Kirzner, David Schmidtz, David Friedman, and Deirdre McCloskey.

Mission: The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, the Mercatus Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper, and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending mas...
02/21/2020
Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy.

A one-year program for graduate students from any university and discipline who are interested in public policy. Applications Due: March 15, 2020

Mercatus Adam Smith Alum Ryan Griffiths offers an examination of the works of Hume, Rousseau, and Smith, positing that p...
02/21/2020
A Critical Reader of Hume and Rousseau

Mercatus Adam Smith Alum Ryan Griffiths offers an examination of the works of Hume, Rousseau, and Smith, positing that philosophers should look to all three for arguments about internal reasons or puzzles about is and ought.

No matter how closely bound the lives and writings of David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were, a conscientious Humean philosopher makes no plain error if she never turns to Rousseau and Smith for arguments about internal reasons or puzzles about is and ought.

Jia Fang, De Wang, and Mercatus Adam Smith Alum Xiao Yang examine questions surrounding the benefits that urban green re...
02/20/2020
Exploring the Disparities in Park Access through Mobile Phone Data

Jia Fang, De Wang, and Mercatus Adam Smith Alum Xiao Yang examine questions surrounding the benefits that urban green resources bring to humanity.

The benefits that urban green resources bring to humanity have received increasing attention, with the evidence from recent studies into public service provision—specifically regarding access to green space—being rather mixed. Despite a growing literature base, there is no consensus among schola...

David Chavanne, Kevin McCabe, and Mercatus PhD Alum Maria Paganelli use a three-player dictator-game experiment to find ...
02/20/2020
Shared Experience and Third-Party Redistribution

David Chavanne, Kevin McCabe, and Mercatus PhD Alum Maria Paganelli use a three-player dictator-game experiment to find that similar performance during a shared experience with a real-effort task causes a redistributor to privilege the stakeholder who performed similarly.

Using a three-player dictator-game experiment, we find that similar performance during a shared experience with a real-effort task causes a redistributor to privilege the stakeholder who performed similarly. We generate the shared experience by varying whether a third-party decision maker and a stak...

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships...
02/19/2020
Adam Smith Fellowship

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs at any university and in any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline who are interested in political economy. Applications Due: March 15, 2020

PhD Alums Jerry Ellig and Wayne Leighton join a team of researchers as they investigate the economics of the FCC from 20...
02/19/2020
Economics at the FCC, 2017–2018

PhD Alums Jerry Ellig and Wayne Leighton join a team of researchers as they investigate the economics of the FCC from 2017-2018.

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) current strategic plan lists four priority goals: closing the digital divide; promoting innovation; protecting consumers and public safety; and reforming the FCC’s processes. Economists at the FCC contribute toward the realization of each of thes...

PhD Alum Benjamin Powell reviews Ludwig Von Mises’ concerns surrounding unrestricted immigration and relates them to the...
02/18/2020
Solving the Misesian Migration Conundrum

PhD Alum Benjamin Powell reviews Ludwig Von Mises’ concerns surrounding unrestricted immigration and relates them to the current debate surrounding immigrants’ impact on destination countries’ institutions.

This paper reviews Ludwig Von Mises’ concerns surrounding unrestricted immigration and relates them to the current debate surrounding immigrants’ impact on destination countries’ institutions. It then outlines a policy of generally unrestricted immigration with selective restrictions that addr...

Adam Smith Fellowship and MA Fellowship alum Dr. Rosemarie Fike, now an instructor at Texas Christian University, "fell ...
02/18/2020
Alumni Spotlight: Rosemarie Fike

Adam Smith Fellowship and MA Fellowship alum Dr. Rosemarie Fike, now an instructor at Texas Christian University, "fell in love with ideas" during her time at Mercatus. Applications for the Smith Fellowship close on March 15 - apply today!

As an undergraduate studying finance, investment management, and economics, Dr. Rosemarie Fike originally planned to work as an asset manager. She applied to George Mason University and the Mercatus MA Fellowship on the recommendation of an undergraduate professor, despite little prior experience wi...

The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students with trainin...
02/17/2020
Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship

The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students with training in quantitative methods who are attending PhD programs from any university in a variety of fields including economics, political science and sociology.

A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline with training in quantitative methods and interest in political economy. Applications Due: March 15, 2020

Interested or know someone who's interested in a public policy career in economics? Consider the Mercatus MA Fellowship!...
02/14/2020
MA Fellowship

Interested or know someone who's interested in a public policy career in economics? Consider the Mercatus MA Fellowship! Applications close on Feb. 15. http://ow.ly/XBVv30qeBc4

For students pursuing a MA in economics at George Mason University and interested in a career in public policy. Applications Due: February 15, 2020

02/14/2020
What is Austrian Economics Good For?

The Austrian school of political economy is based on two primary assumptions: methodological individualism and subjectivism. Jayme Lemke elaborates on these assumptions and explains why the Austrian school remains a powerful analytic framework to this day.

PhD Alum Benjamin Powell, Adam Smith Alum Jamie Pavlik, and Estefania Padilla examine whether or not immigrants undermin...
02/14/2020
Cultural Baggage

PhD Alum Benjamin Powell, Adam Smith Alum Jamie Pavlik, and Estefania Padilla examine whether or not immigrants undermine culture in a way that destroys productivity in destination countries?

Do immigrants undermine culture in a way that destroys productivity in destination countries? Some scholars have argued that because immigrants come from countries with dysfunctional social capital—norms and institutions—they will import it and pollute the social capital in destination countries...

Visiting Dissertation Alum Claudia Williamson and Shaomeng Jia revisits the highly debated aid‐policy‐growth association...
02/13/2020
Aid, Policies, and Growth

Visiting Dissertation Alum Claudia Williamson and Shaomeng Jia revisits the highly debated aid‐policy‐growth association. Their results overturn Burnside and Dollar's original findings by simply using new data over the same countries and years.

We revisit the highly debated aid‐policy‐growth association. Our results overturn Burnside and Dollar's original findings by simply using new data over the same countries and years. Marginal effects from the extended sample (1962–2013) provide weak evidence that aid can promote growth in the p...

02/13/2020

The Austrian school of political economy is based on two primary assumptions: methodological individualism and subjectivism. Jayme Lemke elaborates on these assumptions and explains why the Austrian school remains a powerful analytic framework to this day.

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to on...
02/13/2020
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to apply the economic way of thinking to current academic and policy questions! ow.ly/Ruvv50xhtQu

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We offer five graduate programs and one undergraduate program for students interested in political economy and public policy. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to enhanc...

PhD Alums Daniel Smith and Thomas Hogan, along with Robin Aguilar-Hicks, revisit the issues surrounding the supposed sup...
02/12/2020
Central Banking without Romance

PhD Alums Daniel Smith and Thomas Hogan, along with Robin Aguilar-Hicks, revisit the issues surrounding the supposed superiority of central banking over the gold standard.

Many economists, including former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, believe that the gold standard generates poor economic outcomes including output volatility, price instability, financial panics, the spread of recessions via the exchange rate, and speculation-induced collapse. These problems,...

PhD Alum Erik Kimbrough, Pedro Romero, Mahsa Akbari, and Duman Bahrami-Rad, provide evidence from lab experiments on the...
02/12/2020
An Experimental Study of Kin and Ethnic Favoritism

PhD Alum Erik Kimbrough, Pedro Romero, Mahsa Akbari, and Duman Bahrami-Rad, provide evidence from lab experiments on the effect of kinship and ethnic ties on favoritism.

Experimental studies of favoritism and corruption typically examine such behavior among strangers, but ethnic and kinship ties have long been viewed as potential catalysts for favoritism, and hence corruption. In this paper, we provide evidence from lab experiments on the effect of kinship and ethni...

PhD Alum Daniel D'Amico and Visiting Dissertation alum Claudia Williamson find that countries with smaller prison popula...
02/11/2020
An Empirical Examination of Institutions and Cross-Country Incarceration Rates

PhD Alum Daniel D'Amico and Visiting Dissertation alum Claudia Williamson find that countries with smaller prison populations have civil legal origins and fewer years under communism.

Research converges upon institutional explanations for why some countries incarcerate more prisoners than others. The types of institutions that are particularly important are less well understood. This paper investigates empirically the associations between economic, political and legal institution...

In this article Mercatus Adam Smith alum Jamie Bologna, along with Amanda Ross, discusses the effects of corruption on b...
02/11/2020
Corruption and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Brazilian Municipalities

In this article Mercatus Adam Smith alum Jamie Bologna, along with Amanda Ross, discusses the effects of corruption on business activity in Brazilian municipalities and find that not only are higher levels of corruption associated with reductions in the number of businesses, but that these effects become more severe as time progresses.

We estimate the effect of corruption on business activity in Brazilian municipalities. We employ a new measure of corruption based on data from random audits of municipal governments. Our results suggest that higher levels of corruption are generally associated with reductions in the number of busin...

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to on...
02/10/2020
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to apply the economic way of thinking to current academic and policy questions! ow.ly/Ruvv50xhtQu

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We offer five graduate programs and one undergraduate program for students interested in political economy and public policy. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to enhanc...

At the Technology Liberation Front, MA alum Anne Hobson and MA fellow Walter Stover discuss artificial intelligence and ...
02/07/2020
The Limits of AI in Predicting Human Action

At the Technology Liberation Front, MA alum Anne Hobson and MA fellow Walter Stover discuss artificial intelligence and the limits it faces in predicting human action.

Imagine visiting Amazon’s website to buy a Kindle. The product description shows a price of $120. You purchase it, only for a co-worker to tell you he bought the same device for just $100. What happened? Amazon’s algorithm predicted that you would be more willing to pay for the same device. Amaz...

Interested or know someone who's interested in a public policy career in economics?  Consider the Mercatus MA Fellowship...
02/07/2020
MA Fellowship

Interested or know someone who's interested in a public policy career in economics? Consider the Mercatus MA Fellowship! Applications close on Feb. 15. http://ow.ly/XBVv30qeBc4

For students pursuing a MA in economics at George Mason University and interested in a career in public policy. Applications Due: February 15, 2020

This paper by Mercatus Adam Smith alum Daniel Bennett discusses whether we have reached diminishing returns on the Ameri...
02/06/2020
Public Policy, Higher Education, and Income Inequality in the United States: Have We Reached Diminishing Returns?

This paper by Mercatus Adam Smith alum Daniel Bennett discusses whether we have reached diminishing returns on the American Dream by exploring changes in public policy, higher education, and income inequality in the United States.

This paper discusses whether we have reached diminishing returns on the American Dream by exploring changes in public policy, higher education, and income inequality in the United States.

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to on...
02/06/2020
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to apply the economic way of thinking to current academic and policy questions! ow.ly/Ruvv50xhtQu

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We offer five graduate programs and one undergraduate program for students interested in political economy and public policy. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to enhanc...

Why should law students consider the Mercatus Frederic Bastiat Fellowship? Jennifer Huddleston Skees offers three reason...
02/05/2020
3 Reasons Why Law Students Should Consider the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

Why should law students consider the Mercatus Frederic Bastiat Fellowship? Jennifer Huddleston Skees offers three reasons why in a piece at The Bridge. http://ow.ly/hoXm30nHGGJ

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. The aim of this fellowship is to introduce students to the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools o...

Mercatus PhD alum Dan D'Amico investigates the compatibility of the proportionality standard of crime and punishment wit...
02/05/2020
Knowledge Problems and Proportionality

Mercatus PhD alum Dan D'Amico investigates the compatibility of the proportionality standard of crime and punishment with government decision making in this paper from Criminal Justice Ethics.

The proportionality standard demands a meaningful link between the severity of crimes and the punishments received for them. This article investigates the compatibility between this philosophical demand and the practical means most commonly associated with criminal justice provision: governmental de...

In this article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Mercatus PhD alum Emily Skarbek advances the unders...
02/04/2020
Aid, ethics, and the Samaritan's dilemma: strategic courage in constitutional entrepreneurship

In this article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Mercatus PhD alum Emily Skarbek advances the understanding of private institutional structures by demonstrating how rules can be designed in the private spheres to solve specific social dilemmas that plague state-led efforts to achieve similar goals.

Private constitutional rules can mitigate the Samaritan's Dilemma, a widespread cause of failure of aid and humanitarian efforts. To understand how private organizations can adopt rules that help overcome this dilemma, I provide evidence on an association formed to govern poor relief in urban Chicag...

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to on...
02/04/2020
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to apply the economic way of thinking to current academic and policy questions! ow.ly/Ruvv50xhtQu

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We offer five graduate programs and one undergraduate program for students interested in political economy and public policy. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to enhanc...

Mercatus PhD alum Scott Beaulier, along with George Crowley, finds that union political contributions and collective bar...
02/03/2020
Public-Sector Unions and Government Policy

Mercatus PhD alum Scott Beaulier, along with George Crowley, finds that union political contributions and collective bargaining are associated with higher incomes for state and local employees and with higher public employment, both across state and local governments overall as well as within the education sector.

We find that union political contributions and collective bargaining are associated with higher incomes for state and local employees and with higher public employment, both across state and local governments overall as well as within the education sector. We also find relatively little evidence tha...

Applications for the Mercatus PhD Fellowship close on Feb. 1.  Be sure to get yours in today for a chance to study with ...
01/31/2020
PhD Fellowship

Applications for the Mercatus PhD Fellowship close on Feb. 1. Be sure to get yours in today for a chance to study with us! https://asp.mercatus.org/content/phd-fellowship

For students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University and interested in a career in academia. Applications Due: February 1, 2020

Prison populations vary tremendously across countries. This paper by Mercatus Visiting Dissertation Alum Claudia William...
01/31/2020
Do Legal Origins Affect Cross-country Incarceration Rates?

Prison populations vary tremendously across countries. This paper by Mercatus Visiting Dissertation Alum Claudia Williamson and PhD Alum Dan D'Amico investigates the potential relationship between incarceration rates and legal origins in a large cross-section of countries.

This paper investigates the potential relationship between incarceration rates and legal origins in a large cross-section of countries. We argue that legal origins alter the relative costs associated with imprisonment as a means for social control.

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to on...
01/30/2020
Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to apply the economic way of thinking to current academic and policy questions! ow.ly/Ruvv50xhtQu

Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. We offer five graduate programs and one undergraduate program for students interested in political economy and public policy. Apply to one of our programs today for an opportunity to enhanc...

Address

3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

This page highlights the activities and programs within Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs as well as the academic work and accomplishments of our scholars, current students, and alumni.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The University

Send a message to Mercatus Center Academic & Student Programs:

Videos

Nearby universities


Other Colleges & Universities in Fairfax

Show All

Comments

Through collaborative work, Latin American colleagues have developed a quantitative tool for the study of international relations: www.worldpowerindex.com. Due to its scope, temporality, and complexity, the WPI is today a valuable instrument for the measurement and comparison of the national power for more than 170 countries during 4 decades. We hope that the WPI is of your interest and, above all, useful in your analysis.
A little bummed by the answer my question got. I'm already in the GMU PhD econ program, but I have an independent funding source. The very last thing I want to do is displace another candidate to the program who actually would need the funding (whereas I would not). That's why I asked if it's possible to participate in the program without having the fellowship.