Zachary Gochenour


The Political Externalities of Immigration” with Alex Nowrasteh.
Many fear that increased immigration will bankrupt the welfare state. We find this fear is largely unfounded.
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Lid on the Melting Pot: Determinants of American Immigration Policy
What political and economic factors caused the American border to close at the end of the 19th Century?

Coyotes: The Industrial Organization of Human Smuggling
Human smuggling on the U.S.-Mexico border is a lucrative business. What determines the price of smuggling and the organization of the smuggling industry?


War and Presidential Greatness” with David Henderson. Independent Review, 17:4, Spring 2013.
What makes presidents great in the eyes of historians? We find greatness is closely linked to the pursuit of big wars.
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An Entrepreneurial Critique of Georgism” with Bryan Caplan. Review of Austrian Economics, 26:1, March 2013.
Georgists believe a tax on the unimproved value of land creates no economic distortions. We show otherwise.


JMU Courses

Principles of Macroeconomics [syllabus]

Comparative Economics Systems [syllabus]

Development Economics (Fall 2017)

Past Courses

Principles of Microeconomics [syllabus]

Econometrics [syllabus]

Public Choice [syllabus]