PPE Panel Discussion featuring David Skarbek

Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The Hub (SUB II), Ballroom

Please join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
on February 19, 2015,
for a panel discussion featuring David Skarbek and his new book, 
The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System 
(Oxford University Press, 2014).

In this book, Skarbek uses economics to show that prison gangs are sophisticated organizations (often with elaborate written constitutions) that regulate the prison black market, adjudicate conflicts, and strategically balance the competing demands of inmates, gang members, and correctional officers.




February 19, 2015



2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



George Mason University, Fairfax Campus

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

HUB Ballroom

We will be pleased to hear from author David Skarbek, Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, as well as chair Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, with commenters Peter Reuter, Professor in in the School of Public Policy and Department of Criminology at University of Maryland, and Bert Useem, Head of the Department of Sociology at Purdue University.

Although the event is free and open to the public, we ask that anyone interested in coming to the event RSVP online.

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