The Notre Dame Public Choice Theory Symposium

Conference speakers

  • Geoffrey Brennan

    Australian National University, Duke University and University of North Carolina

    Geoffrey Brennan is one of Australia’s leading public choice theorists.  He is a professor of political science at Duke University, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina and a long standing member of faculty at the Australian National University, where he has held various senior positions in economics and is currently in the philosophy program.  From 1978 to 1984 he was a professor at the Public Choice Center, Virginia Tech, where he began an extensive collaboration with the Nobel Laureate, James Buchanan.  This collaboration led to The Power to Tax (1980) and The Reason of Rules (1985), and numerous articles of substance.  In 2002, he became President of the Public Choice Society, the first non-American to be appointed in the forty year history of the Society.  In 2003 he and Loren Lomasky were awarded the American Philosophical Association’s Gregory Kavka Prize in Political Philosophy for their paper ‘Is There a Duty to Vote?’  Recent books include Economics and Religion: Are They Distinct? (edited 1993) with Anthony Waterman and The Economy of Esteem (2004) with Philip Pettit.  In 2013 he was made a distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia.  Geoffrey Brennan was the inaugural Director of the Duke-UNC joint program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and currently leading a new Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Australian National University.

  • William Coleman

    Australian National University

    William Coleman (BEc Hons Syd: PhD LSE) is a Reader at the School of Economics of the Australian National University, and has written extensively upon inflation, the history of economic thought, and the contested position of economics in society.  He is currently the editor of Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform.  He co-authored Giblin’s Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life, which won the Bruce McComish Prize for Economic History.  His other books include Economics and Its Enemies, The Causes, Costs and Compensations of Inflation and The Political Economy of Wages and Unemployment.  He has recently edited Only in Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism.  He is researching a debunking history of Australia’s Federation episode.

  • Michael McLure

    University of Western Australia

    Michael McLure is a professor of economics at the University of Western Australia and is the immediate past President of the WA Branch of the Australian Economic Society.  He teaches the history of economic thought and public economics. His primary research field is the history of economics, where he has specialized in tracing Vilfredo Pareto's intellectual legacy in Italy and the Italian contribution to fiscal studies.  He is the author of The Paretian School and Italian Fiscal Sociology (2007, Palgrave Macmillan) and was one of the editors of the variorum translation and critical edition of A Variorum Translation and Critical Edition of the Manual of Political Economy (2014, OUP).  Michael McLure was also co-editor of the History of Economics Review from 2007 to 2011 and he is the author of numerous refereed journal articles. His current historical research is focused on A. C. Pigou and the Cambridge School.

  • Michael Munger

    Duke University

    Michael Munger is a professor at Duke University, where he chaired the Political Science Department from 2000 to 2010. His current positions are Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the PPE Program, an interdisciplinary certificate.  His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the implications of the commodification of excess capacity in the ‘sharing economy’.  Much of his recent work has examined the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term ‘Euvoluntary’. In addition to more than 100 articles and papers published in professional journals and edited volumes, Prof. Munger is the author or editor of nine books, three of them in collaboration with the late Dr Melvin Hinich. The most recent books are Tomorrow 3.0: Transaction Costs and the Sharing Economy (2018), from Cambridge University Press, and The Oxford Anthology in PPE (2015), from Oxford University Press.  His current book project focuses on the ‘blockchain’, and how smart contracts may leapfrog traditional transaction institutions in developing nations.

  • Jonathan Pincus

    Adelaide University

    Professor Jonathan Pincus, after gaining degrees from the University of Queensland and Stanford University, held positions at the Australian National University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and, as Principal Advisor Research, at the Productivity Commission.  He received postgraduate and senior Fulbright scholarships, and held visiting positions with Stanford University, the Centre for the Study of Public Choice (Virginia) and the University of California at Santa Barbara.  His PhD, ‘A Positive Theory of Tariff Protection Applied to Nineteenth Century United States’ (1972), won the Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History for 1973.  In addition to publishing books such as Pressure Groups and Politics in Antebellum Tariffs (Columbia University Press, 1977) and Government and Capitalism: Public and Private Choice in Twentieth Century Australia (Allen and Unwin, 1982, with N.G. Butlin and A. Barnard), his research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Record, Journal of Economic History, Oxford Economic Papers and Journal of Public Economics. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Economics and member of the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources at Adelaide University.