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Working Papers

Title: A Report on the Patrol Special Police and Community Safety in San Francisco
Authors: Edward Stringham
Date: December 2009

Title: Keys to Economics of Global Warming: A Critique of the Dismal Theorem
Authors: Sungno Niggol Seo
Date: November 2009

Title: Internal Enforcement: The Political Economy of Immigration
Authors: Keith D. Malone
Date: October 2009

Title: Privatizing the Adjudication of Disputes
Authors: Bryan Caplan, Edward P. Stringham
Date: October 2007

Title: Jacob K. Javits and Latin American Economic Integration
Authors: Salvador Rivera
Date: August 2007

Title: Mere Economic Science: C. S. Lewis and the Poverty of Naturalism
Authors: David J. Theroux
Date: March 2007

Title: The Radical Libertarian Political Economy of 19th Century Preacher David Lipscomb
Authors: Edward P. Stringham
Date: December 2006

Title: Taxing Development: The Law and Economics of Traffic Impact Fees
Authors: Edward P. Stringham
Date: December 2006

Title: Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?
Authors: Ryan Ford, Alex Nowrasteh, Benjamin Powell
Date: November 2006

Title: A Geo-Spatial Macro-Economic Analysis of Climate Change
Authors: Sungno Niggol Seo
Date: August 2005

Title: Development Aid and Economic Freedom: Are They Related?
Authors: Benjamin Powell, Matt Ryan
Date: May 2005

Title: An Experimental Investigation of Hobbesian Jungles
Authors: Benjamin Powell, Bart J. Wilson
Date: May 2005

Title: Government and the Economy: The World Wars
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: April 2005

Title: Government and the Economy since World War II
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: April 2005

Title: Is Cybersecurity a Public Good? Evidence from the Financial Services Industry
Authors: Benjamin Powell
Date: March 2005

Title: "Not Merely Perfidious but Ungrateful";: The U.S. Takeover of West Florida
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: March 2005

Title: A Way Out of the Mesopotamian Morass? The Case for a Partitioned Iraq
Authors: Ivan Eland
Date: October 2004

Title: Sweatshops and Third World Living Standards: Are the Jobs Worth the Sweat?
Authors: Benjamin Powell, David Skarbek
Date: September 2004

Title: State Development Planning: Did it Create an East Asian Miracle?
Authors: Benjamen Powell
Date: September 2004

Title: Coasian Contracts in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: June 2004

Title: Institutional Foundations of Economic Freedom: A time-series cross-section analysis
Authors: Vincent Hildebrand, Zane A. Spindler, Xavier de Vanssay
Date: May 2004

Title: Prostitution and Sex Crimes
Authors: Kirby R. Cundiff
Date: April 2004

Title: The Ongoing Growth of Government in the Economically Advanced Countries
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: October 2003

Title: Individual Unemployment Accounts
Authors: Lawrence Brunner, Stephen M. Colarelli
Date: October 2003

Title: Wartime Socialization of Investment: A Reassessment of U.S. Capital Formation in the 1940s
Authors: Robert Higgs
Date: January 2003

Title: The Lighthouse as a Private-Sector Collective Good
Authors: Fred Foldvary
Date: January 2003

Title: International Money and Common Currencies in Historical Perspective
Authors: Gerald P. Dwyer Jr, Jim Lothian
Date: May 2002

Title: Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit
Authors: Larry J. Sechrest
Date: September 2001

Title: Constitutional Causes for Technological Leadership: Why Europe?
Authors: Jurgen G. Backhaus
Date: August 2001

Title: Nation of Origin Bias and the Enforcement of Immigration Laws by the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Authors: Jim F. Couch, Brett King, William H. Wells, Peter M. Williams
Date: June 2001

Title: Public Versus Private Initiative in Arctic Exploration: The Effects of Incentives and Organizational Structure
Authors: Jonathan M. Karpoff
Date: June 2000

Title: Cooption and Repression in the Soviet Union
Authors: Dmitriy Gershenson, Herschel I. Grossman
Date: December 1999