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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.
Alexander Tabarrok, | Nov 21, 2013
We mine two underexplored traditions for insights into intellectual property: the public choice or Virginia school, centered on James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, and the Bloomington or Institutional Analysis and Development school, centered on Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom. We apply the perspectives of each school to issues of intellectual property and develop new insights, questions, and focuses of attention. We also explore tensions and synergies between the two schools on issues of intellectual property.
Michael D. Thomas, | Feb 05, 2013
This paper addresses three criticisms of sin taxes: first, the traditional Pigouvian justification applied to sin goods, such as alcohol and tobacco, is frequently misapplied to a progressively broader base of goods and services where the “sin good” label is questionable, such as automobile tires, candy, soft drinks, and fast food.
Peter J. Boettke, Paul Dragos Aligica | Oct 06, 2011
The Ostrom's approach is well-known for aiming not so much at grand theory building but rather at specific problems of collective action, governance, and social dilemmas. Making the practical and applied dimension the starting point as well as the filter of our interest reveals a different configuration of concepts marking and linking the practice-to-theory continuum.
Xiaofei "Sophia" Pan, Daniel Houser | Apr 2011
Cooperation is indispensable in human societies, and much progress has been made towards understanding human pro-social decisions.

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Anthony Evans, Paul Dragos Aligica | Mar 13, 2009
Very few studies have ventured to explore the shift in economic ideas that were such a critical factor in shaping and understanding the East European transition process. Paul Dragos Aligica and…

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