I am pleased to announce the formal launch of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
I hope you will find this website a useful gateway to information on our research and graduate education programs.
When George Mason University started its PhD program in the early 1980s, F.A. Hayek gave one of the first public lectures on his work that would later be published as The Fatal Conceit. Hayek's path breaking work in philosophy, politics and economics was a source of inspiration for the faculty and graduate students at George Mason University. Future Nobel Prize winners at George Mason University, James Buchanan and Vernon Smith, in their own respective ways developed Hayek's ideas even further.
Our research group draws on the insights of all three of these Nobel Laureates, as well as the work of Ronald Coase, Douglass North, and Elinor Ostrom, to form our own unique blend of research in political economy. Our students are trained in the conventional methods and methodology of economics as well as the interdisciplinary approach to political economy that the PPE label is intended to convey.
I welcome your feedback and interest in becoming involved with our program. We will keep this website continually updated with information concerning our working papers, articles, and books as well as the journals and book series that our faculty edit and the seminars and special events we organize in the hopes that it will prove a useful resource to you and your students.