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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

Christopher Coyne | Dec 2015
Economists model national defense as a pure public good optimally provided by a benevolent and omnipotent “defense brain” to maximize social welfare. Christopher Coyne discuss an alternative framework—the “individualistic view”—for analyzing defense provision and suggest it is superior for understanding reality.
Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne | Dec 2015
Peter Boettke and Christopher Coyne provide the introductory essay to a symposium on William Easterly's The Tyranny of Experts.
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.

Working Papers

Christopher Coyne, Courtney Michaluk, Rachel Reese | Sep 30, 2015
U.S. military contracting has been plagued by systematic corruption, fraud, and waste during both times of peace and war. We argue that these outcomes are the result of inherent features of the U.S. military sector which incentivize unproductive entrepreneurship.
Christopher Coyne, Vipin Veetil | Sep 26, 2015
We argue that the analytical framework deployed by Stiglitz and Greenwald is unsuited to study the creation of new products, new ways of doing things, and the discovery of new markets.
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"."


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