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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 Leeson, Christopher Coyne, Thomas Duncan | Jun 2016
Newhard (2016) challenges our argument, according to which the inefficiency of market-provided national defense is an empirical question rather than a logical implication of the fact that privately provided national defense confronts a free-rider problem.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco, Scott Burns | Jun 2016
We examine the failures of the U.S.-led war on drugs in Afghanistan using the tools of economics. By driving the opium economy into the black market, the war on drugs has fostered regime uncertainty, resulted in the violent cartelization of the drug industry, empowered the Taliban insurgency, and contributed to corruption.
Christopher Coyne, Abigail Hall-Blanco | Jun 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 | Mar 2016
Over the past several years, the U.S. government has extended its counterterrorism efforts into Africa and partnered with several governments in the region. These partnerships typically involve the host government granting permission for the United States to carry out military and drone operations in the region. In return, the U.S. government has provided a variety of aid—money, weapons, equipment—to its host governments while also looking the other way regarding human rights abuses. Such arrangements create a fundamental tension between two tenets of U.S. foreign policy.

Working Papers

Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne, Patrick Newman | Mar 18, 2016
This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the contributions of the Austrian school of economics, with specific emphasis on post-WWII developments. We provide a brief history and overview of the original theorists of the Austrian school in order to set the stage for the subsequent development of their ideas by Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek.
Christopher Coyne, David Lucas | Mar 04, 2016
National defense is the textbook example of a public good. In order to understand how economists present public goods to undergraduates, we analyze 50 texts from across three widely taught undergraduate economics courses: principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, and public finance.
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.

Expert Commentary


Christopher Coyne


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).


Christopher Coyne, Jayme Lemke | June 15, 2016
Hayek Program Senior Fellow Jayme Lemke sat down with Associate Director Christopher Coyne to discuss the Austrian School of Political Economy in a wide-ranging interview.