Economics Professor Boettke to Receive Adam Smith Prize

Association of Private Enterprise Education’s highest award goes to Mason professor.

by Staff

George Mason economics professor Peter Boettke will be awarded the Adam Smith Prize, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. 

Boettke, who is the Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economics and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, will be honored at the APEE International Conference April 11-13 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Adam Smith Award is given to recognize an individual who has made a sustained and lasting contribution to the perpetuation of the ideals of a free market economy as first laid out in Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, according to the APEE.

"It is a great honor for me to receive this award, especially given the others who have won it before me, which include other Mason economists such as Jim Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, Walter Williams and Vernon Smith," Boettke said. "In all honesty, I do not put myself in those guys' league as far as accomplishments as economists, teachers and/or public intellectual. I basically teach what those guys taught me. But I am very honored to be in their company."

A panel will be convened to honor Boettke entitled “The Contributions of Peter Boettke to Future Scholars: An Appreciation.”

The panel will include Boettke’s former students Edward Stringham, Scott Beaulier, Christopher Coyne, Adam Martin, Stephen Miller, Peter Leeson, Diana Thomas, Michael Thomas, Benjamin Powell, and Emily Schaeffer.

"Joining luminaries like Alan Greenspan, Douglas North, Vernon Smith, Gordon Tullock, and James Buchanan, Peter Boettke honors and is honored by his selection," Dean Jack Censer said. "We are proud to have Pete, as both a colleague and alumnus, at George Mason. As still a relatively young scholar, he will doubtless continue to make major contributions."

Boettke received his bachelor’s in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University. Before joining Mason’s faculty in 1998, he held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. He has published many books on the history, collapse, and transition from socialism in the former Soviet Union.

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