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B.A.-University of Texas
University of Maryland

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Curriculum Vitae

My primary research interests are at the intersection of public choice and economic history. Along with a colleague at University of Georgia, we formed the Constitutional Convention Research Group (ccrg.weebly.com) to recover and analyze delegate voting behavior at the Convention. Data collection has been supported by two NSF grants. Our first set of data resulted in publications in American Political Science Review, Journal of Economic History (lead article), Public Choice (awarded Gordon Tullock prize), and Cliometrica. The data have been archived at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. A second NSF grant has supported a more ambitious data collection project to infer votes on all substantive issues at the convention, which we are currently using to develop spatial models of delegate positions.


ECN 150 Introduction to Economics

ECN 221 Public Finance

ECN 225 Public Choice

ECN 226 Theory of Social Choice

ECN 297 Economic Research



“Strategy-Proof Scoring Rule Lotteries for Multiple Winners” (with Fred Chen), Journal of Public Economic Theory – forthcoming

“Majority Rule Versus Supermajority Rules: Their Effects on Narrow and Broad Taxes” (with Keith Dougherty) Public Finance Review 38: 738-761, 2010.

“Personalty Interests at the Constitutional Convention: New Tests of the Beard Thesis” (with Keith Dougherty) Cliometrica 4: 207-228, 2010.

“Voting on Slavery at the Constitutional Convention” (with Keith Dougherty) Public Choice 136: 293-313, 2008

“Foreign Aid and Market-Liberalizing Reform” (with Stephen Knack) Economica 75: 524-548, 2008.


Gordon Tullock prize for best article in Public Choice by younger scholar: 2004, 2008

National Science Foundation grant: 2004-2005, 2008-2010

Co-director, Constitutional Convention Research Group: 2009-present

Co-editor-in-chief, Korean Journal of Public Choice: 2007-2009




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