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Abigail Hall-Blanco

Abigail Hall-Blanco

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Abby Hall-Blanco earned her PhD in economics from George Mason University. While an undergraduate, she was an intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch. She earned a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Bellarmine University. Abby has presented at the Eastern Economic Association annual conference and has published over a half dozen popular press pieces on economic freedom, militarization, and development.

Published Research

Alexander Salter, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Aug 2015
This paper applies the logic of economic calculation to the actions of autocrats. We model autocrats as stationary bandits who use profit-and-loss calculations to select institutions that maximize their extraction rents.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Aug 2015
This paper analyzes how the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” in foreign interventions abroad have changed the dynamics of government activities domestically.
Abigail Hall-Blanco | Jun 2015
Abigail Hall reviews Jonathan D. Caverley's Democratic militarism: voting, wealth, and war.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco, Patrick McLaughlin, Ann Zerkle | Dec 2014
This paper analyzes a hidden cost of war: the effect of the mass mobilization of reserve troops on the response times of domestic emergency services to accidents.

Working Papers

Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Feb 2016
This paper traces the roots of police militarization in the United States to a variety of foreign military interventions, including WWII and the Vietnam War.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Dec 23, 2015
This paper explores the interventionist mindset required for success under the U.S. government’s foreign policy strategy of liberal hegemony.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco, Scott Burns | Jun 02, 2015
The authors examine the failures of the U.S.-led war on drugs in Afghanistan using the tools of economics.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Mar 17, 2014
This paper analyzes how foreign interventions can result in a broadening of government powers and a concurrent reduction of citizens’ liberties and freedoms domestically. The authors develop an analytical framework to examine the effects of coercive foreign interventions on the scope of domestic government activities. Facing limited or altogether absent constraints abroad, coercive foreign interventions serve as a testing ground for domestically-constrained governments to experiment with new technologies and methods of social control over foreign populations.

Research Areas