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Congratulations, Pete! You deserve it!!

Congratulations Pete! Well deserved!

Way to go Pete!

Pete has extraordinary skills as an academic leader. I graduated a bit before Pete, I think, and from a different school. But it was Pete who provided important early opportunities for me to publish in Austrian outlets such as his Elgar Companion. And it was Pete who transformed the NYU colloquium into a seminar for local "Austrian" faculty. Thanks to that change, I had colleagues with whom I could discuss economics and related topics with a shared knowledge base not present elsewhere. The colloquium made a big difference in my intellectual life. Thanks, Pete.


I had few opportunities to talk with Prof. Boettke. Many austrians simply refuse to talk to non-austrians (even libertarian non-austrians).

I have to say that it's not possible to know him without perceiving his comparative advantage in advancing his ideas about economics.

Congratulations, prof. Boettke

When I graduated, Bryan said some kind words about Pete and everything he does for graduate students at GMU, and told us all how lucky we are to have someone like Pete to work with. He was absolutely right, of course. Pete could just as easily be called the Faculty Member of the Decade. Congrats, Pete, and thank you for all that you do!

Good job! It is very well-deserved. Best mentor of Austrian theory since Sennholz.

Congratulations Professor Boettke!

Congratulations Pete.

Can you provide any tips on how you get students excited, how to be creative in the classroom etc?


What do you think about worker managed firms?




I know I'm not Pete, but I think it depends on what you mean by "worker" managed. I know that Mises wrote some on syndicalism in a few of his works, but my own opinion is that advocates of worker-managed operations often discount the decision making skills and capabilities of capital and management, i.e., their comparative advantage over a common worker.

I think it is interesting though to look at salary scales in many Japanese firms where capital/management are paid only a certain percentage above the lowest worker. The idea is that everyone is in it for the long run and not just working for short-term stock options. This might be a better way to promote worker/management harmony rather than moving to a syndicalist model. What are your thoughts?



It is difficult to imagine Austrian economics today without Pete Boettke. What would it be like? Pretty lonely and sleepy if you ask me.


(Freudian mistype? I first typed "looney" instead of "lonely." Hmm.)

Congratulations Pete!

This is a well deserved honor to one who upholds the standards of excellence in the science of economics as well as one who makes economics accessible to the common student (like myself).

Keep-up the great work.

For Freedom's Sake


I should add that, as a non-economist and non-academic, I very much appreciate the time that Pete Boettke (and the other bloggers here) spend on this site.


And I want to second the comment from Chris Braun. Thanks for taking the time to share outside of GMU.

Congratulations Pete - utterly well deserved. We all appreciate everything you do

"I'll bet Pete wolfed down a whole box of twinkies after hearing the news."

Ouch! I know they don't make academics like they used to, but surely by today's standards it doesn't get much better than Pete.

I see our friend also known as Beefcake and Juggernaut has yet another identity. Happy to share the IP address evidence with you, if you'd like.

The first Nick in this thread is not me. There are now multiple commenters using the name Nick.

It is not easy to get clear answers about what this "movement" is, but I can get a rough idea. I am not a member of it and quite frankly I hope it fails. I used to be more sympathetic toward 2009-Austrianism, but I suppose it just isn't my thing.

I have nothing personal against Peter Boettke. I regret having been obnoxious in previous threads. As this blog is mainly for Austrianist movement members, I should leave the comment section for them.

Congratulations and many thanks for all of your hard work!

Congratulations to Pete. I have known, and been taught by, many of his students, and none of them have said anything less than that he was the best mentor anyone could ask for.

This is also somewhat promising news for the department. Getting a university-wide recognition like this counteracts some of the bad recent news of attrition of some of the best faculty.

@Nick (the 2:35 AM Nick) You might try using your full name to avoid confusion. My name is relatively uncommon but I learned this lesson the hard way. Also, you say "As this blog is mainly for Austrianist movement members, I should leave the comment section for them" - I have never thought of the comment section this way, the authors here are not Brad DeLong, they do not allow comments specifically so that everyone can note their passive agreement with everything that's said.

Thanks to everyone for the congratulations. This award was a pleasant surprise.

I was away this past week out of the country which is why I didn't repond back sooner.

On the workers' self-management issue, I probably made a remark consistent with the ideas of Steve Pejovich and related both to incentives in investment and organizational logic. But in more subtle moments, I would point the reader to David Prychitko's work on this subject.

Finally to Zac, while we have lost some key faculty we have made some great hires --- besides Pete Leeson let me mention Garret Jones and Omar, as well as John Nye. A vibrant faculty should have faculty getting competing offers constantly, but the environment should be so strong that faculty choose to stay. I taught at NYU from 1990-1998, and I think the top faculty there were constantly being considered for appointments elsewhere, and when one would go, another would be hired in. Very fluid and very vibrant.

Despite the rumors you have heard, we are hiring even at the current moment (I am keeping my fingers crossed to be able to make a MAJOR announcement) within the next week or so. And Zac, while the timing is bad for you personally we are scrambling to raise funds here for graduate students and faculty research that I hope will carry us through even in these uncertain economic times.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for their kind words.


From St. Martin, :-), congrats Pete!

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