My research generally falls in one of three sub-fields in economics—political economy, entrepreneurship, and industrial organization—although I have published some pedagogical work as well. My research in political economy focuses primarily on the theory and practice of the welfare state and the analysis of compulsory voting rules. This work has been published in Public Choice, European Journal of Political Economy, European Journal of Law and Economics, Public Finance Review and as a book chapter in Lindberg’s (ed.) Knowledge and Policy Change (2013). Some of my ongoing work in political economy focuses on the role of social order and incentives in failed states, an analysis of the media’s role in Brazil’s recent political turmoil, and a reappraisal of Coase’s notion of transaction costs. I also maintain a couple of projects in compulsory voting.
My work in entrepreneurship aims to develop a “process-oriented” approach to an area that remains underdeveloped and under-appreciated in mainstream economics. This approach attempts to combine the notion of “radical uncertainty” with recent work in the study of social institutions. I have published articles on entrepreneurship in Journal of History of Economic Thought, Division of Labour and Transaction Costs, and as a chapter in Metcalfe and Cantner’s (eds.) Change, Transformation and Development (2003). I am currently working on a joint project with a colleague in psychology that attempts to merge the psychological research in creativity with my approach to entrepreneurship.
I am also involved in an array of industrial organization (or applied microeconomics) projects. Several of these developed with students following various classroom research assignments. They include analyzing issues in the sports and alcohol industries, published in Sport Management Review and Applied Economics; the latter work also appears as a case study in Waldman and Jensen’s Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice (2007). I have other work published in Tourism Economics. Ongoing projects include work in the area of status goods, sports economics, and property taxes.
You can find my published work and numerous current projects, below. Clicking on the references/titles will open an abstract and download link. Most of the work-in-progress is password protected, so contact me if you would like to access any of those papers.