Peter Boettke

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Peter Joseph Boettke (born 3 January 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School.

Early life and education

Boettke was born in Rahway, New Jersey to Fred and Elinor Boettke and remained there until he moved to Pennsylvania to attend Thiel College in Greenville and later Grove City College. He became interested in economics there when he took a course taught by Hans Sennholz.[1] After completing a B.A. (1983) in economics at Grove City, Boettke attended George Mason University where he earned an M.A. (1987) and a Ph.D. (1989) in economics.[2]

Professional history

After receiving his doctoral degree, Boettke taught at several schools, including Oakland University, Manhattan College, and New York University.[3] In 1998, he returned to George Mason University as a faculty member. In 2004, he was named a Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has also been a Faculty Fellow at the Charles University/Georgetown University American Institute for Political and Economic Studies in Prague and a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Boettke is Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy at George Mason University where he is a professor of economics. He is also senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. Until 2007, Boettke held the position of Director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. program in economics at George Mason. He is also editor-in-chief of the Review of Austrian Economics. He is also head coach of the boys Freshman basketball team at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia.

He lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Rosemary and their two sons, Matthew and Stephen.


As author

  • The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: The Formative Years, 1918-1928 (Kluwer, 1990) ISBN 0-7923-9100-4.
  • Why Perestroika Failed: The Economics and Politics of Socialism Transformation (Routledge, 1993) ISBN 0-415-08514-4.
  • Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy (Routledge, 2001) ISBN 0-415-77109-9.
  • The Economic Way of Thinking with Heyne and Prychitko (Prentice Hall, 2005) ISBN 0-13-154369-5.
  • Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School with Paul D. Aligica (Routledge, 2009) ISBN 978-0-415-77820-6

As editor

  • Market Process: Essays in Contemporary Austrian Economics. Edward Elgar, 1994.
  • The Collapse of Development Planning. New York University Press, 1994.
  • The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics. Elgar, 1994
  • The Market Process, 2 volumes. Elgar, 1998
  • The Legacy of F. A. Hayek: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, 3 volumes. Edward Elgar, 1999
  • Socialism and the Market: The Socialist Calculation Debate Revisited, 9 volumes. Routledge, 2000.
  • The Economic Role of the State (ed. with Peter Leeson). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, under contract.
  • The Legacy of Ludwig von Mises: Theory and History, ed. with Peter Leeson. 2 vols. Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2006. ISBN 978-1840644029