Professor of economics at George Mason University and editor of Review of Austrian Economics

Peter Joseph Boettke (born 3 January 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.


Independent Institute, Research Fellow
Foundation for Economic Education
George Mason University, Professor of Economics
Mont Pelerin Society, President, 2016-

Web Pages

Peter J. Boettke - Online Library of Liberty
Includes link to a "Liberty Matters" (an online discussion forum) event led by Boettke and a book co-edited by him
"George Mason University"


A Fairy Tale of the Austrian Movement, by Joseph Salerno, Mises Daily, 25 Sep 2007
Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, in particular of the section in chapter 7 where Peter Boettke discusses Austrian economics
"So here we have the mystery of Boettke's strange intellectual odyssey unraveled — the transformation of Boettke I to Boettke II. By critically analyzing and synthesizing the information haphazardly scattered throughout Doherty's book, one can reasonably surmise that Boettke's intellectual volte-face was a rational and deliberate response to the shift in the strategic vision of the Kochs. As the orbit of 'Planet Koch' goes, so go its satellites."


Friedrich A. Hayek (1899-1992), The Freeman, Aug 1992
Lengthy biographical essay, including his criticism of Keynes and the impact of The Road to Serfdom
"Though his 1974 Nobel Prize was in Economic Science, his scholarly endeavors extended well beyond economics. He published 130 articles and 25 books on topics ranging from technical economics to theoretical psychology, from political philosophy to legal anthropology, and from the philosophy of science to the history of ideas. Hayek was no mere dabbler; he was an accomplished scholar in each of these fields of inquiry."
James M. Buchanan and the Rebirth of Political Economy, Economics and its Discontents, 1998
Examines Buchanan's contributions in bursting the "romantic vision of political science," advancing subjectivism as a challenge to modern economics formalism and re-integrating moral philosophy into economics
"It is somewhat odd to consider anyone who has received his profession's highest honor, the Nobel Prize, to be an outsider. Outsider status is usually reserved for those who toil in obscurity. Buchanan attended the University of Chicago, ... was named the Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and received ... lucrative private foundation grants to aid his development of public choice economics. His former students have taught at some of the finest institutions of higher learning in the US ... and some have held high public office ... Why should such a well-connected character be included in a volume about dissenters?"
The Story of a Movement, The Freeman, May 1995
"Milton Friedman stated ... that there was no such thing as Austrian economics—only good economics and bad economics. Well, Friedman was right to an extent. But it turns out that Austrian economics ... provides the foundation for a humanistic, logically sound, and policy-relevant economics."
Related Topic: Austrian Economics
Why Those Who Value Liberty Should Rejoice: Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize, The Freeman, Dec 2009
Discusses Elinor Ostrom's work and viewpoints
"The foundation of the social order of a free people is self-governance, not governmental authority and centralized power. Decentralized decision making that drills deep into the local social dilemmas real people face, that mobilizes incentives within a local rule structure, and that utilizes local knowledge is how the process of institutional development assures that self-governance is effective governance, enabling fallible human beings to reasonably manage scarce resources and the relationships among themselves."
Related Topic: Societal Solutions

Books Authored

Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy, 2001
Partial contents: Why are there no Austrian Socialists? - Economic calculation: the Austrian contribution to political economy - Hayek's The Road to Serfdom revisited: government failure in the argument against Socialism
Related Topics: Communism, Socialism
The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics
    by Peter Boettke (Editor), 1998
Related Topic: Austrian Economics
The Legacy of Friedrich von Hayek
    by Peter Boettke (Editor), 2000
Three volumes (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and 73 articles from contributors including Boettke, Bruce L. Benson, Ronald Hamowy, Steven Horwitz, Israel Kirzner, Fritz Machlup, Michael Polanyi, Mario J. Rizzo and Joseph E. Stiglitz
Related Topic: Friedrich Hayek
The Legacy of Ludwig Von Mises
    by Peter Boettke (Editor), 2006
Partial contents: Vol. 1: Theory - The Misesian System - Methodology - Market Theory and the Price System - Money, Capital and Business Cycles - Vol. 2: History - Price Controls and Interventionism - Socialism - The Great Depression and Business Cycles
Related Topic: Ludwig von Mises
The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: The Formative Years, 1918-1928, 1990
Partial contents: The Meaning of the First Decade of Soviet Socialism - The Political Economy of Utopia: Communism in Soviet Russia, 1918-1921 - The Political Economy of NEP: Market Relations and Interventionism in Soviet Russia, 1921-1928
Related Topics: Communism, Socialism
Why Perestroika Failed: The Politics and Economics of Socialist Transformation, 1993
Contents: Introduction - The road to nowhere - The theoretical problems of socialism - The nature of the Soviet-type system - The logic of politics and the logic of reform - Credibility in Soviet reforms - Charting a new course - Conclusion
Related Topic: Socialism

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