John Nye holds the Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and is Professor of Economics. His primary research interests include European economic history, development, and new institutional economics.

Dr. Nye was a founding member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Economic History of Developing Regions and the Philippine Economic Review. In 1997, he was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He serves as International Academic Advisor for the Center for Institutional Studies at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is also a research advisor to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Philippine Central Bank).

His book, War, Wine, and Taxes: The Political Economy of Anglo-French Trade 1689-1900 was published in 2007 by Princeton University Press. With John Drobak, he coedited Frontiers in the New Institutional Economics, Academic Press. Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization, jointly edited with Avner Greif and Lynne Kiesling was published by Princeton University Press , 2015.

His current projects include work on the political economy of development, the role of biology and prenatal testosterone on personality, attitudes, and life outcomes, long term social mobility in Russian history, and the role of education in promoting pro-market values internationally.

Dr. Nye received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Physics, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Fall 2015: ECON 829 | Economics of Institutions

7:20 PM—10:00 PM Thursdays – Carow Auditorium

Analyzes framework of rules and institutions for economic activities and transactions. Includes emergence and working properties of different institutions, and classical and contemporary approaches to economic theory of institutions.

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Prerequisites: ECON 611 or 811 or permission of instructor.

Spring 2015: ECON 823 | Topics in Economic History

04:30 PM —07:10 PM Tuesdays – Carow Hall 01

Offers economic analysis of various historical epochs including Industrial Revolution, evolution of political reform, rise of unions, and growth of government.

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Prerequisites: ECON 611 and 615, or ECON 715 and 811; or permission of instructor.