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Christopher Coyne

Christopher Coyne

  • Associate Director, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Director of Graduate Programs, George Mason University

Christopher Coyne is associate director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and F. A. Harper Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also a professor of economics and director of graduate studies in the economics department at George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic development, emerging democracies, postwar and disaster reconstruction, political economy, and social change.

Coyne is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of four books, including, most recently, Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails. He is a prolific writer of articles for scholarly journals, has published numerous policy briefs, and also has written for the Daily Caller, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and others.

Coyne is the co–editor in chief of the Review of Austrian Economics, the coeditor of the Independent Review, and the book-review editor of Public Choice. He is a member of the Board of Scholars for the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.

Coyne was a Hayek Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and worked in the internal consulting services at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Coyne received his PhD in economics from George Mason University and his BS in business administration from Manhattan College.

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Published Research

Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne | Sep 2015
This paper serves as the Introduction to the symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of F.A. Hayek’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. The symposium papers were presented at a public event held in October 2014 in Arlington, VA and explore the relevance of Hayek’s research program for the past and future of the economics discipline.
Christopher Coyne, | Sep 2015
The governments of American states often attempt to incentivize businesses to locate within their borders by offering targeted benefits to particular industries and companies. Despite good intentions, policymakers often overlook the unseen and unintended negative consequences of targeted-benefit policies.
Israel Kirzner, Vernon Smith, James M. Buchanan, Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne, Eric Maskin, Edmund Phelps | Sep 2015
The September 2015 issue of the Review of Austrian Economics features a symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of F.A. Hayek’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. The symposium papers were presented at an event hosted by the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center, “40 Years After the Nobel: F.A. Hayek and Political Economy as a Progressive Research Program,” in October 2014.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall | 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.

Working Papers

Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall, 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 | Sep 25, 2014
The opening lines of F.A. Harper's 1951 article, "In Search of Peace," read as follows: "Charges of pacifism are likely to be hurled at anyone who in these troubled times raises any question about the race into war. If pacifism means embracing the objective of peace, I am willing to accept the charge. If it means opposing all aggression against others, I am willing to accept that charge also. It is now urgent in the interest of liberty that many persons become "peacemongers"."
Christopher Coyne | Aug 24, 2014
Economists often model national defense as a pure public good optimally provided by a benevolent and omnipotent "defense brain" to maximize social welfare. This paper critically considers five assumptions associated with this view.
Christopher Coyne, | May 16, 2014
The governments of American states often attempt to incentivize businesses to locate within their borders by offering targeted benefits to particular industries and companies. These benefits come in many forms, including business tax credits for investments, property tax abatements, and reductions in the sales tax. Despite good intentions, policymakers often overlook the unseen and unintended negative consequences of targeted-benefit policies. This paper analyzes two major downsides of these policies: (1) they lead to a misallocation of resources, and (2) they encourage rent-seeking and thus cronyism. We argue that these costs, which are often longer-term and not readily observable at the time the targeted benefits are granted, may very well outweigh any possible short-term economic benefits.

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Books

Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne | Sep 2015
The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics provides an overview of this school and its theories. The various contributions discussed in this book all reflect a tension between the Austrian School's orthodox argumentative structure (rational choice and invisible hand) and its addressing of a heterodox problem situations (uncertainty, differential knowledge, ceaseless change).

Podcasts

Christopher Coyne | May 09, 2014
Chris Coyne discusses his new book Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails on The Tom Woods Show.