Curriculum Vitae


Birthdate: April 8, 1971

Education
  • B.A., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1993
  • Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University, 1997

Job History
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, George Mason University, 1997-2003
  • Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University, 2003-2010
  • Professor of Economics, George Mason University, 2010-

Fields of Specialization and Interest
  • Public economics
  • Public choice
  • Psychology and economics
  • Public opinion
  • Economics of the family
  • Genoeconomics
  • Austrian economics

Teaching Experience
  • Introductory Microeconomics (undergraduate)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergraduate)
  • Industrial Organization (undergraduate)
  • Labor Economics (undergraduate)
  • Econometrics (undergraduate)
  • Public Choice (undergraduate)
  • Microeconomics (graduate)
  • Econometrics (graduate)
  • Macroeconomics (graduate)
  • Monetary Economics (graduate)
  • Public Finance (graduate)
  • Public Choice (graduate)

Service
  • Public Choice Brown Bag Seminar Organizer, 2000-2003
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, 2004-
  • Public Choice Seminar Organizer, 2006-2008

Publications
Dissertations Chaired
  • Parker Norman. "The Role of 'Too Big to Fail' Status in Bank Merger Activity." Ph.D. Dissertation. Defended 12/3/07.
  • Gerald Prante. "What Does the American Public Believe About Tax Policy?" Ph.D. Dissertation. Defended 4/6/10.
  • David Bieler. "How Incentives and Overpromising By Public Officials Contribute to Cost, Schedule, and Performance Shortfalls in the U.S. Defense Acquisition Programs." Masters Thesis. Defended 4/15/10.

Selected Presentations
  • "Rational Ignorance versus Rational Irrationality." 1999 Public Choice Society Meetings.
  • "What Makes People Think Like Economists?" 2000 Public Choice Society Meetings.
  • "Systematically Biased Beliefs About Economics." 2000 Southern Economic Association Meetings.
  • "The Idea Trap." 2001 Public Choice Society Meetings.
  • "The Logic of Collective Belief." University of Delaware Economics Department Seminar. Fall, 2001.
  • "Sociotropes, Systematic Bias, and Political Failure." 2002 Public Choice Society Meetings.
  • "The Idea Trap." University of Oklahoma Economics Department Seminar. Spring, 2002.
  • "Debate with Prof. Peter Boettke: Why I Am Not an Austrian Economist... and Why You Shouldn't Be Either." George Mason University Economics Society, 2002.
  • "Do We Underestimate the Benefits of Cultural Competition?" 2004 American Economic Assocation Meetings.
  • "Debate with Prof. Lawrence Iannacone: Is Religion Rational?" George Mason University Economics Society, 2005.
  • "Irrational Politics and Free Trade." Heritage Foundation, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Cato Institute, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Trinity College, 2007.
  • "Debate with Prof. Donald Wittman: Is Democracy a Failure?" George Mason University Economics Society, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." National Economists Club, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Yale Center for the Study of American Politics and Yale Law School, 2007.
  • "Majorities Against Utility: Implications of the Failure of the Miracle of Aggregation." Aggregation in Moral and Political Philosophy Conference. Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Department of Economics, University of Virginia, 2007.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State, 2007.
  • "Plenary Session: The Myth of the Rational Voter." Public Choice Society Meetings, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." SXSW Interactive, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." The World Bank, 2008.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." GMU Economics Society and Foundation for Economic Education."
  • "Majorities Against Utility: Implications of the Failure of the Miracle of Aggregation." Colloquium on Collective Wisdom. College de France, 2008.
  • "Why I Love Economics, and You Should Too." Summer Economics Institute, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Homo Politicus: Ignorant, Dogmatic, Irrational? Conference on Political Ignorance and Dogmatism. American Political Science Association, 2008.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Noblis, 2008.
  • "Systematically Biased Beliefs About Political Influence." Public Choice Seminar, George Mason University, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, 2008.
  • "The Myth of the Rational Voter." Singapore Civil Service College, 2008.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." Institute of Policy Studies (Singapore), 2008.
  • "Debate with Prof. Robin Hanson: Liberty versus Efficiency." George Mason University Economics Society, 2009.
  • "Persuasion, Slack, and Traps: How Can Economists Change the World?" Mont Pelerin Society, 2009.
  • "Debate with David Balan: Separation of Health and State." George Mason University Economics Society, 2010.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, "America and the World" lecture series, George Mason University, 2010.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." Oliver Wyman. 2011.
  • "Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids." Cato Institute. 2011.

Professional Associations
Referee for Public Choice, Southern Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Economics of Governance, Eastern Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Social Science History, National Tax Journal, Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, International Review of Economic and Finance, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Labor Research, American Political Science Review, American Economic Review, Social Forces, the European Journal of Political Research, Economics and Philosophy, Rationality and Society, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Constitutional Political Economy, and American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

Prizes and Awards
  • Winner of the 2005 Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties.
  • First Place Article, 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards (with Edward Stringham).

Media Coverage
Research discussed in The Economist, The Financial Times, The Times of London, In These Times, New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect, The Guardian, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Globe and Mail.

References

Prof. N. Gregory Mankiw
Department of Economics
Harvard University
Littauer Center 223
Cambridge, MA 02138
ngmankiw@fas.harvard.edu

Prof. David Romer
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Economics
549 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
510-642-1785
dromer@econ.berkeley.edu

Prof. Tyler Cowen
Department of Economics
George Mason University
MSN 1D3
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-2312
tcowen@gmu.edu

Prof. Timur Kuran
Department of Economics
Duke University
213 Social Sciences Building
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708
919-660-1872
t.kuran@duke.edu