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Working Papers:

“One Man Does Not a Committee Make: Henry Manne, the AEA-AALS Joint Committee, and the Struggle to Institutionalize Law and Economics” (with David Gindis).

“On ‘Defunct Economists’ and the Use of Economic Ideas.” (forthcoming in Kritika & Kontext).

“What Happened on Blackstone Avenue? Exorcising Coase Theorem Mythology.”

Selected Recent Publications:

“Identifying a ‘Chicago School’ of Economics: On the Origins, Evolution, and Evolving Meanings of a Famous Brand Name.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought (forthcoming).  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3961525Ungated version.

“In Search of Santa Claus: Samuelson, Stigler, and Coase Theorem Worlds.” In Bruce Caldwell, John Davis, Uskali Mäki, and Esther-Mirjam Sent, eds., Methodology and History of Economics: Reflections with and without Rules. Essays in Honour of D. Wade Hands. London: Routledge, 2023, 71-89.

“Nonwelfarism in the Early Debates Over the Coase Theorem: The Case of Environmental Economics.” In Antoinette Baujard, Roger E. Backhouse and Tamotsu Nishizawa, eds., Welfare Theory, Public Action and Ethical Values: Revisiting the History of Welfare Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Ungated version.

“The Coase Theorem at Sixty,” Journal of Economic Literature 58 (December 2020): 1045-1128. Ungated version.

“Embracing at Arm’s Length: Ronald Coase’s Uneasy Relationship with ‘Chicago School’.” Oxford Economic Papers 72 (October 2020): 1072-1090. Ungated version.

“Between LSE and Cambridge: Accounting for Coase’s Fascination with Alfred Marshall.” In Katia Caldari, Marco Dardi, and Steven G. Medema, eds., Marshall and the Marshallian Heritage: Essays in Honour of Tiziano Raffaelli. London: Palgrave, 2020. SSRN working paper version here.

“‘Exceptional and Unimportant’? Externalities, Competitive Equilibrium, and the Myth of a Pigovian Tradition,” History of Political Economy 52 (February 2020): 135-170. Ungated version.

“Disciplinary Collisions: Blum, Kalven, and the Economic Analyses of Accident Law at Chicago in the 1960s” (with Alain Marciano), in Magdalena Malecka and Péter Cserne, eds., Law and Economics and Interdisciplinary Exchange. London: Routledge, 2020, pp. 53-75. SSRN working paper version here.

“The Economist and the Economist’s Audience,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought 41 (September 2019): 335-41.

“Scientific Imperialism, or Merely Boundary Crossing? Economists, Lawyers, and the Coase Theorem at the Dawn of the Economic Analysis of Law,” in Uskali Mäki, Adrian Walsh, and Manuela Fernández Pinto, eds., Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity. London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 89-116.

A complete list of publications can be found at the CV link, above.


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