Margaret M. Polski, Ph.D.

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Current Working Papers

Polski, Margaret M. 2009. "Essays on Wired for Survival: Integrating Neuroscience and Institutional Analysis and Development." Paper for the Workshop on the Workshop, Indiana University, June 3-6.

Polski, Margaret M. 2009. “What Do Brains Have to Do With It? How Neuroscience Can Contribute to Understanding the Role of Religion in Society.” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Religion in Society, Washington, D.C. April.

Policy Papers

Polski, Margaret M. 2011. "Improving the Accuracy of U.S. Government Debt Estimates." Working Paper No. 11-13. March. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Polski, Margaret and Sarah Nutter. 2010. "Truth and Consequences: A Guide to Understanding U.S. Government Debt and Deficits." Working Paper No. 10-76. December. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Polski, Margaret M. 2009. “Regulating Systemic Risk in the U.S. Financial System.” No. 53. Mercatus on Policy. Financial Markets Working Group. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Polski, Margaret M. 2009. “Bank Risk Management.” Mercatus On Policy. No. 43. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University. April.

The AICGS New Economy Study Group Team. 2002. "The New Economy in Germany and the United States: Policy Challenges and Solutions." American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Economic Studies Working Paper 27.  Washington, D.C.: AICGS.

Polski, Margaret. 2000. “Sustaining Innovation and Growth in Research-Intensive Industries: Early Stage Finance Issues & Approaches.” Discussion paper prepared for the Board on Science, Engineering, Technology, and Economic Policy, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.  August.


Dongier, Philippe, Julie Van Domelan, Elinor Ostrom, Andrea Ryan, Wendy Wakeman, Anthony Bebbinton, Sabina Alire, Talib Esmail, and Margaret Polski. 2000. “Community Driven Development.” In The Poverty Reduction Sourcebook, Chapter 9. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Gerrard, Christopher D. and Margaret Polski. 1998. Local Actions, Better Lives: Decentralizing Rural Infrastructure Services. The Economic Development Institute of the World Bank.  Washington, D.C.

Gerrard, Christopher D. and Margaret Polski. 1998. Seizing the Opportunity, Meeting the Challenge: Institutional Reform for Sustainable Rural Infrastructure. The Economic Development Institute of the World Bank. Washington, D.C.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Polski, Margaret M. 2006. “The Economic Organization of Biomedical Research in the United States.” International Social Science Journal. 188:283-297.


Polski, Margaret M. 2005. “The Institutional Economics of Biodiversity, Biological Materials, and Bioprospecting.” Journal of Ecological Economics. 53:543-557.  


Polski, Margaret. 2002. “Growth and Change in the New Economy: Opportunities and Challenges.” In Audretsch, D. and Welfens, P.J.J., Eds. The New Economy and Economic Growth in Europe and the U.S. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Past Working Papers

Polski, Margaret M. 2009."A New Strategic Thrust For The Millennium Campaign." Concept Paper. June 24.

Polski, Margaret M. 2009. "Building Sustainable Political Economies By Aligning Citizen Driven Development with Public Budgeting Processes." Concept Paper on Resource Allocation. June 13.


Polski, Margaret M. 2007. “Analyzing Energy Security: Using Approaches in New Institutional Economics.” Paper presented at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University on April 19, 2007.

Polski, Margaret. 2001. “Measuring Transaction Costs and Institutional Change in the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry.” Institute for Development Strategies Discussion Paper ISSN 01-3. January.

Polski, Margaret and Elinor Ostrom. 1999."An Institutional Framework for Policy Analysis and Design." Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Working Paper W98-27.  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Polski, Margaret M. 1998. “Rent Dissipation in the Presence of Negative Externalities: Does Dependency Matter?” August 12.

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