Important Free Market Economists
Photos and Biographical Links
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)
Arguably the greatest economist of the twentieth century
Read Human Action online.
Read Theory and History online (with a 1985 preface by Murray N. Rothbard).
Read "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth" online.
Read "Liberty and Property" online.
Read "Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism" online.
Read other books and papers by Mises online.
Gordon Tullock (1922- )
About Tullock (George Mason University School of Law)
University of Arizona emeritus listing
Read Tullock's "The Fundamentals of Rent Seeking" (Lock Institute)
Israel Kirzner (1930- )
Friedrich A. von Hayek (1899-1992)
The Friedrich Hayek Scholars' Page
Read Hayek's paper The Use of Knowledge in Society online.
The 1974 Nobel prize in economic sciences was awarded jointly to Gunnar Myrdal and Friedrich August von Hayek for their pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.About Hayek's Nobel
Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995)
James Buchanan (1919- )
Short Curriculum Vita
Annotated Chronology of his Life's Work
Buchanan Project: Personal tributes to James Buchanan and thematic essays in honor of his 80th birthday.
The James M. Buchanan Center at The George Mason University School of Law
The 1986 Nobel prize in economic sciences was awarded to James M. Buchanan, Jr. for his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for the theory of economic and political decision-making. About Buchanan's Nobel
Adam Smith (1723-1790)
E-Texts of The Wealth of Nations and four other works by Smith
Read online An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Read online The Theory of Moral Sentiments
The Adam Smith Institute
Ronald Harry Coase (1910- )
He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991. He is best known for his fundamental insight on why firms exist, which, according to Coase, is due to the existence of transactions costs. This insight was labeled "Coase Theorem" by economist George Stigler. Coase also applied the concept of transaction costs to public goods. Coase challenged the long held view of the necessity of government intervention by looking at Pigou's example of the cattle rancher's cows destroying neighboring crops under the assumption of zero transactions costs. In reality, transactions costs are never zero, and thus, courts would still be needed. His Nobel speech may be found at this page. He says there "My life has been interesting, concerned with academic affairs and on the whole successful. But, on almost all occasions, what I have done has been determined by factors which were no part of my choosing. I have had "greatness thrust upon me"." Also, "I wrote another article, The Problem of Social Cost, in which I expounded my views at greater length, more precisely and without reference to my previous article. This article, which appeared early in 1961, unlike my earlier article on The Nature of the Firm, was an instant success. It was, and continues to be, much discussed. Indeed it is probably the most widely cited article in the whole of the modern economic literature."
Pages for other famous law and economics personalities:
Robert Cooter: Cooter's page
Thomas Ulen: Ulen's page
Richard Epstein: Epstein's page
William Landes: Landes's page
Richard Posner: Posner's page
Milton Friedman (1912- )
Friedman's biography page
Many details and links about Friedman
A few Friedman quotations
Free to Choose: Online sources for his work
Friedman foundation bibliography
Testimonial and photo
Friedman's Nobel page
The 1976 Nobel prize in economic sciences was awarded to Milton Friedman for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy. About Friedman's Nobel
Armen A. Alchian (1914- )
Robert W. Fogel (1926- )
Fogel's University of Chicago page
The 1993 Nobel prize in economic sciences was awarded jointly to Robert W. Fogel and Douglass C. North for having renewed research in economic history by applying economic theory and quantitative methods in order to explain economic and institutional change. About Fogel's Nobel
Charles Rowley (1939- )
George Mason University Page
Robert Tollison (1942- )
More about Tollison
Thomas Sowell (1930- )
Read Sowell's "Social Dogmas and Pseudoscience" in Forbes
Interview with Sowell
Julian L. Simon (1932-1998)
Writings of Simon
Walter E. Williams (1936- )
George Mason University Page
Some favorite columns
Carl Menger (1840-1921)
Spaniards prior to Menger on the notion of subjectivism, Jesus Huerta de Soto on Juan de Mariana
OTHER CHAMPIONS OF LIBERTY
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
Leader against tyranny and oppression.
Beloved General of the South during the War Between the States.
Biography and more
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863)
One of the greatest Americans who ever lived and a valiant Christian.
Fought as Lee's "right hand" against tyranny and oppression.
Southern Lt. General during the War Between the States.
Jackson and VMI
Stonewall Jackson resources (VMI)
Entry in the Dictionary of American Biography
Jackson's Biography, papers, books
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Classically liberal political philosopher and, ironically, a slaveholder.
A great American and the third President of the United States.
Read online the Declaration of Independence or its U.S. government edition
Read online the Magna Carta (forerunner to the Declaration of Independence)
Gp to the U.S. National Archives & Records Admin Home Page
John Locke (1632-1704)
English political philosopher
More about Locke
The Locke Institute
Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993)
A true friend of liberty. American columnist and political commentator.
About Hazlitt (LvMI)
Short biography of Hazlitt (FEE)
George Mason (1725-1792)
A great antifederalist thinker
About George Mason
More about Mr. George Mason
George Mason University Home Page
Former International Commerce and Policy Program (GMU)"Chile and The Global Economy" (Study Abroad) Info: Dr. Ken Button and Dr. John Cobin, trip leaders. Also see info on the ICP Page.
James Longstreet (1821-1904)
Fought under Lee against tyranny and oppression. (He was a southern General during the War Between the States.)
The Longstreet Chronicles
John Adams (1735-1801)
A great American and the second President of the United States.
A socially conservative yet classically liberal political thinker.
About John Adams
Claude Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
French political philosopher and antifederalist.
About Bastiat - his CV
Short biography of Bastiat (FEE)
Read his famous book The Law
OTHER PHOTO AND BIOGRAPHICAL LINKS
Biographies of Economists
Photo Gallery of Economists
Portraits of Well-known Economists
Famous Economists Home Page
Idea Channel taped conversations with economists