Along with my colleagues Toke Aidt and Boris Nikolaev, I am co-editing a special issue of the European Journal of Political Economy on Institutions and Well-Being. The journal is now accepting submissions through its website. The call for papers is to the right.
Call for Papers
The relationship between institutions and well-being is a topic of growing interest to academics and policymakers. Much of the attention in the economics literature has been on the role that various types of institutions (e.g., economic, informal, legal, political and social) exert on economic development and growth. However, there is an emerging understanding that societal well-being must be understood in a much broader context and make reference to a number of inter-related socio-economic outcomes besides aggregate income.
The purpose of this special issue is to advance the literature through a collection of papers on under-researched topics that fall under the rubric of institutions and well-being. Topics of particular interest – from a theoretical, experimental, and empirical perspective – include (but are not restricted to) papers on how institutional arrangements shape important quality of life metrics such as:
A generous grant from the Charles Koch Foundation enables us to offer an honorarium of $1000 per paper accepted for the special issue. Since our goal is to promote a public dialogue on the topic, all papers will be published open access.
Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.:
My working paper "A Tale of Two Capitalisms:Perilous Misperceptions About Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, Government, and Inequality" was recently discussed on the popular Contra Corner blog. A version of the paper will appear as the lead chapter in the forthcoming book Economic Behavior, Entrepreneurship and Economic Freedom, which is to be published by Edward Elgar.
Richard Vedder and I published our paper "A Dynamic Analysis of Economic Freedom and Income Inequality in the 50 U.S. States: Empirical Evidence of a Parabolic Relationship" in a 2013 issue of the Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. In the paper, we find that economic freedom across U.S. states is associated with less income inequality, but that there may exist a Kuznets freedom-inequality curve such that inequality increases with economic freedom up to a certain level of freedom, but additional increases in economic freedom beyond this level are associated with less inequality. This paper has been cited numerous times by policy organizations and the media, including mentions by The National Center for Policy Analysis, The Freeman, Towhhall, the Hawaii Free Press and Reason
Assistant Professor of Economics at Patrick Henry College.