Program Coordinator, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Eric Celler is a program coordinator for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is from Kennesaw, GA, and attended Kennesaw State University where he received his BA in History of Ideas.
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch is deputy director of Academic and Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She is also an alumna of the Mercatus MA Fellowship at George Mason University.
Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Virgil Storr is a senior research fellow and senior director of Academic and Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is a research associate professor of economics and the Don C. Lavoie research fellow in the…
August 29th marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. The failure of the storm surge protections from Florida to Texas, and especially in New Orleans, is considered one of the worst engineering failures by the Army Corps of Engineers in its history. The policy responses from local, state, and national public officials are also considered to have been woefully inadequate. The entire episode represents a classic case study in how government failure can compound the fury of nature through the folly of man. Peter Boettke discusses the lessons we can learn.
Mercatus PhD Fellow Vipin Veetil, along with Akshaya Vijayalakshmi and Srikanth Viswanathan, address Amartya Sen's criticism of cash-transfer programs such as education vouchers in the Wall Street Journal.
Rebounding after disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can be daunting. Communities must have residents who can not only gain access to the resources that they need to rebuild but can overcome the collective action problem that characterizes post-disaster relief efforts.