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Peter Boettke

Peter Boettke
Born (1960-01-03) January 3, 1960
Rahway, New Jersey
Nationality United States
Field Market Process Theory, Comparative Political Economy, History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Economic Development, Economic Methodology, Austrian Economics, Political Economy, Informal Institutions
School/tradition Austrian School
Alma mater Ph.D.), 1989[1]
Influences Ludwig von Mises,[2] Friedrich Hayek, Hans Sennholz[3] Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, Frédéric Bastiat, Israel Kirzner, Murray Rothbard, Kenneth E. Boulding, Richard Cornuelle, James M. Buchanan, Ronald Coase, Vernon L. Smith, Elinor Ostrom
Influenced Peter Leeson, Christopher Coyne, Edward Stringham, Benjamin Powell, Virgil Storr, Daniel D'Amico, Adam Martin, Scott Beaulier, Anthony Evans, David Skarbek
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Peter Joseph Boettke (; born January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Mercatus Center at GMU.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Professional life 2
  • Analytical anarchism 3
  • Publications 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Boettke was born in M.A. (1987) and a Ph.D. (1989) in economics with thesis titled The political economy of Soviet socialism, 1918–1928 under the supervision of Don Lavoie.[1]

Professional life

After receiving his doctoral degree, Boettke taught at several schools, including Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

In addition to his academic positions, he is also Vice President for Research at

  • Boettke's Coordination Problem blog (with Christopher Coyne, Steve Horwitz, Peter Leeson, Dave Prychitko, and Frederic Sautet)
  • Boettke's bio at the Mercatus Center
  • Boettke's bio at the Institute for Humane Studies
  • Liberty & Power Group Blog
  • op-ed, October 16, 2007Wall Street Journal"A Market Nobel,"

External links

  1. ^ a b Boettke's faculty bio at George Mason University
  2. ^ Boettke, Peter. "'Human Action': The Treatise in Economics." The Freeman 59, no. 7 (September 2009): 16-18.
  3. ^ a b , August 27, 2010Wall Street Journal"Spreading Hayek, Spurning Keynes: Professor Leads an Austrian Revival," ,
  4. ^ "Religion and Economics". Spiritually—that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savoir [sic] and that one must commit to a personal relationship with God and to strive to live a Christ-centered life. Historically—the role of the Christian Church in the development of Western Civilization. Intellectually—the philosophical and epistemological importance of Christian presuppositionalism. 
  5. ^ Peter J. Boettke – Biographical Information
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Mont Pelerin Society Directory".  
  8. ^ Analytical Anarchism research program


Outside of the classroom, Boettke has pursued a parallel career in athletics. A former high school and college basketball and tennis player, Boettke first worked as a tennis teaching professional before pursuing his graduate degree in economics. After graduate school, he began coaching youth basketball and eventually coached at the high school and elite AAU level, qualifying for the AAU 16U National Championships in 2007. Several of his former players are now competing in college. In 2009, he was inducted as a coach into the local basketball Hall of Fame in Northern Virginia.

Personal life

  • Books
    • Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Independent Institute and Universidad Francisco Marroquin 2012) ISBN 978-1-59813-072-0.
    • Context Matters: Institutions and Entrepreneurship (co-authored with Christopher Coyne (professor)) (Now Publishers, 2009) ISBN 978-1601982063
    • The Battle of Ideas: Economics and the Struggle for a Better World
    • Is an Independent Non-Profit Sector Prone to Failure? (co-authored with David Prychitko)
    • The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: The Formative Years, 1918–1928 (Kluwer, 1990) ISBN 0-7923-9100-4.
    • Why Perestroika Failed: The Economics and Politics of Socialism Transformation (Routledge, 1993) ISBN 0-415-08514-4.
    • Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy (Routledge, 2001) ISBN 0-415-77109-9.
    • The Economic Way of Thinking with Heyne and Prychitko (Prentice Hall, 2005) ISBN 0-13-154369-5.
    • Aligica, Paul Dragos; Boettke, Peter (2009). Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School.  
  • Books as editor
    • Market Process: Essays in Contemporary Austrian Economics. Edward Elgar, 1994.
    • The Collapse of Development Planning. New York University Press, 1994.
    • The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics. Elgar, 1994
    • The Market Process, 2 volumes. Elgar, 1998
    • The Legacy of F. A. Hayek: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, 3 volumes. Edward Elgar, 1999
    • Socialism and the Market: The Socialist Calculation Debate Revisited, 9 volumes. Routledge, 2000.
    • The Economic Role of the State (ed. with Peter Leeson). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, under contract.
    • The Legacy of Ludwig von Mises: Theory and History, ed. with Peter Leeson. 2 vols. Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2006. ISBN 978-1-84064-402-9
    • The Economic Point of View, the first volume of Israel Kirzner's Collected Works, edited with Frederic Sautet and published by Liberty Fund, December 2009.
    • Handbook On Contemporary Austrian Economics, Edward Elgar, 2010.
    • Market Theory and the Price System, the second volume of Israel Kirzner's Collected Works, edited with Frederic Sautet and published by Liberty Fund, May 2011.
    • Essays on Capital, the third volume of Israel Kirzner's Collected Works, edited with Frederic Sautet and published by Liberty Fund is scheduled to come out in 2012.
  • Other
    • Boettke, Peter J. (2008). "Austrian School of Economics". In  


Analytical anarchism is the name given by Peter Boettke, to the positive George Mason University.

Analytical anarchism

He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and two sons.

[7].Mont Pelerin Society and is a member of the [6]

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