Peter G. Klein

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Peter G. Klein is Executive Director and inaugural Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Klein is an American Austrian economist who studies managerial and organizational issues. Klein is Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri and Associate Director of the Contracting and Organizations Research Institute (CORI)[1]. He is also an adjunct professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute[2], and a Faculty Research Fellow at the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Klein specializes in organizational economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship, with applications to corporate diversification, organizational design, and innovation. His books include Entrepreneurship and the Firm: Austrian Perspectives on Economic Organization[3] (edited with Nicolai J. Foss, Edward Elgar, 2002), The Fortunes of Liberalism,[4] volume 4 of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek[5] (University of Chicago Press, 1992), The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets [6] (Mises Institute, 2010), and The Theory of the Firm: Emergence, Synthesis, Challenges, and New Directions (with Nicolai J. Foss, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).[7]

During the 2000-2001 academic year, Klein was a Senior Economist on the Council of Economic Advisers.

Klein taught previously at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Georgia, the Copenhagen Business School, and the Olin Business School. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, studying under 2009 Nobel Laureate Oliver E. Williamson, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.[8]

He runs the Organizations and Markets blog with Nicolai J. Foss, professor at the Copenhagen Business School.[9]

In 2008 Klein added his name as a signatory to the Academics for Ron Paul petition and website; declaring his support for the 2008 Presidential candidate.[10]


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  2. Ludwig von Mises Institute web site, accessed February 27, 2008
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  5. University of Chicago Press web site
  6. Mises Institute web site
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  8. Online CV, accessed at December 12, 2008.
  9. Organizations & Markets about page, accessed at February 27, 2008
  10. Academics for Ron Paul web site, accessed at February 27, 2008