Peter J. Boettke
is the Deputy Director of the James
M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, a Senior Research
Fellow at the Mercatus Center,
and a professor in the economics department at George Mason University.
Boettke was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his BA in
economics from Grove City College and
his PhD in economics from George Mason University. Before joining
the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, he held faculty
positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York
University. In addition, Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover
Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University
during the 1992-1993 academic year. He has been a visiting professor
or scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the Max
Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems in Jena, Germany,
the Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in
Prague and Charles University in Prague.
Boettke is the author of
several books on the history, collapse and transition from socialism
in the former Soviet Union --- The Political Economy of Soviet
Socialism: The Formative Years, 1918-1928 (Kluwer, 1990); Why
Perestroika Failed: The Economics and Politics of Socialism Transformation
(Routledge, 1993); and Calculation and Coordination: Essays
on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy (Routledge,
2001). He is also now the co-author, along with David Prychitko,
of the classic principles of economics texts of Paul Heyne's The
Economic Way of Thinking (10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002).
Boettke has also edited the following volumes, Socialism and
the Market: The Socialist Calculation Debate Revisited, 9 volumes
(Routledge, 2000); The Legacy of F. A. Hayek: Politics, Philosophy,
Economics, 3 volumes (Elgar, 1999), The Market Process,
2 volumes (Elgar, 1998), Market Process: Essays in Contemporary
Austrian Economics (Elgar, 1994), The Collapse of Development
Planning (New York University Press, 1994), and The Elgar
Companion to Austrian Economics (Elgar, 1994).
In 1998, Boettke assumed
the editorship of the Review
of Austrian Economics (Kluwer Academic Publishers). The
Review of Austrian Economics was founded by late Murray
Rothbard in mid-1980s to promote research and the further development
of the Austrian School of Economics. Prior to assuming that editorship,
Boettke was the editor of Advances in Austrian Economics.
Since the mid-1990s, Boettke has also been the Director of the Advanced
Summer Seminar in Austrian Economics, a post he took over from Israel
Kirzner. Boettke is a former President of the Society
for the Development of Austrian Economics.
In addition to his scholarly
activities, Boettke is a dedicated teacher and
has won teaching awards, including the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence
in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
He has taught in the Honors College Programs at Oakland University,
New York University and George Mason University. Beyond economics,
Boettke is also an affiliated faculty member in the Russian Studies
Program; has taught at the Law School; and served on dissertation
committees in the School of Public Policy.
Boettke's commitment to interdiscplinary
research in the social sciences is reflected in his organization
and directing of a weekly Workshop in Politics,
Philosophy and Economics. Recent speakers have included Jon
Elster, Duncan Folely, Andrei Shleifer, Deirdre McCloskey, Vernon
Smith, Richard Swedberg and Sylvia Nasar among others. Research
scholars working on projects that attempt to intergrate the disciplines
of politics, philosophy and economics are encouraged to contact
Boettke about a possible visit to George Mason University to present
Boettke is also involved
with the Global Prosperity Initiative, which is part of the Social
Change Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
GPI was founded with the purpose of encouraging an analytical
narrative approach to the institutional analysis of development
and transition studies. This research seeks to combine an ethnographic
style of field research with the analytical structure of economic
reasoning to explore the fundamental questions of why some nations
are rich and others are poor, and the broad implications of globalization
for the liberation of humanity from poverty.
Outside of his teaching and
scholarly interests, Boettke is an avid sports fan, especially of
college basketball, professional tennis, and the New York Yankees.
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