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Christopher Coyne

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Christopher J. Coyne (born 1977) is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Economics at GMU.

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The Role of the Economist in Economic Development

Global Economy

07/30/2014Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
We have provided a reconsideration of the role of the economist in economic development. In doing so, we first considered the evolution of development economics


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Do Pessimistic Assumptions about Human Behavior Justify Government?

Big GovernmentPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Is government a necessary institution? To answer this question, many theorists begin with an account of a state of nature in which there are no “rules” or institutions to regulate human behavior. They then compare that state of nature with outcomes that are theoretically achieved with a...


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Inequality Serves a Social and Economic Purpose

The FedU.S. EconomyPraxeologyProduction TheoryValue and Exchange

11/11/2002Mises Daily
In a market society, any distinction of classes only serves to represent some snapshot in time as movement between classes is continually fluctuating, writes Christopher Coyne. This is in stark contrast to the non-market caste system where affiliation with a class or caste is hereditary and largely...

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Oil or Tax Gouging?


09/01/2000The Free Market
The economic ignorance of politicians and bureaucrats never surprises me, and the recent events concerning rising oil prices are no different. Recently Sen. Dick Durbin (D- Illinois) accused the oil industry of "gouging" the public stating "It's an increase directly attributable...

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World-Bank Schism

Global Economy

07/20/2000Mises Daily
Two camps are arguing about development economics. Both are wrong, says Christopher Coyne.

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