Eric J Hammer

Eric J Hammer

Eric J Hammer

Graduate Research Assistant

I am an Economics Ph.D. Candidate and an Adam Smith Ph.D. Fellow at George Mason University, as well as a Ph.D. Fellow at the Mercatus Center. I received my M.A. in Economics from GMU in 2014 and expect to complete my Ph.D. in Economics in May 2018. I have been nominated for the 2018 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2017 Career Connection Faculty Award, and was a 2016 Public Choice Society Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Prize finalist. My Macroeconomic Principles course was recognized for being an outstanding Mason Core course.

My academic interests include public choice economics, history of economic thought, law and economics, and computational social science. 

Before starting the Ph.D. program I worked several years for an industrial gases company and a consulting firm delivering supply chain solutions.

Current Research

Working Papers

“How Advances in Technology Keep Reducing Interventionist Policy Rationales,” (with Fred Foldvary), Mercatus Working Paper, July 2015. Link

“Endowment Effects in Evolutionary Game Theory: Enhancing Property Rights,” GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 17-47, August 2017.

“The Endowment Effect and First Party Enforcement of Rights: Evidence from the Black Market” (with Bryan Caplan) - Revise & Resubmit at the Constitutional Political Economy

“Endowment Effects in Evolutionary Game Theory: Enhancing Property Rights” - Revise & Resubmit at the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

“The Power of the Chairman's Agenda: An Experiment for Teaching 'Committee Karate' in the Classroom” – Under Review at the Journal of Economics and Finance Education

“Analyzing the Moral Effects of the Welfare State Through the Lens of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments”

“Voter Turnout and Multiple Parties: An Individual Level Model of Party Formation”

Works in Progress

“Getting Better Legislative Results: How Much Expertise is Necessary?”

“A Smithean Model of Beliefs and Experience, and How Proverbs Shape Voting Behaviour”

“Expressive Voting and the Median Voter Theory: An Agent Based Approach”

Selected Publications

“How Advances in Technology Keep Reducing Interventionist Policy Rationales,” (with Fred Foldvary), Technology in Society, November 2016, Vol. 47, pp. 16-24. Link

Grants and Fellowships

Recognition for Outstanding Mason Core Course, George Mason University, 2017

2018 Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, George Mason University, 2017

Career Connection Faculty Award Nominee, George Mason University, 2017

Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Prize Finalist, Public Choice Society Annual Meetings, 2016

Student Fellow, Public Choice Society Annual Meetings, 2015 - 2017

Humane Studies Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies, 2015 - 2017

Ph.D. Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2015 - 2017

Summer Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2014 - 2017

Adam Smith Fellow, Department of Economics at George Mason University, 2014 - 2017

Young Scholar, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, 2015

Smithian Political Economy Field Exam Passed with Distinction, George Mason University, 2014

Courses Taught

Primary Instructor

Macroeconomic Principles, ECON 104 - A01, Summer 2017 - Outstanding Mason Core Course

Public Choice, ECON 410 - 001, Spring 2017

International Economic Policy, ECON 385 - 003, Fall 2016

International Economic Policy, ECON 385 - A01, Summer 2016

Macroeconomic Principles, ECON 104 - C01, Summer 2015

Microeconomic Principles, ECON 103 - C02, Summer 2014

Education

Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University, Expected 2018

Dissertation Title: “Analyzing the Moral Effects of the Welfare State Through the Lens of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments”

Dissertation Committee: Daniel Klein (Chair), David Levy, Donald Boudreaux, Roberta Herzberg

Job Market Paper: “Endowment Effects in Evolutionary Game Theory: Enhancing Property Rights” - Finalist for the Public Choice Society Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Prize

M.A., Economics, George Mason University, 2014

B.S., Business Logistics, Pennsylvania State University, 2003

Recent Presentations

“Voter Turnout and Multiple Parties: An Individual Level Model of Party Formation.” Public Choice Society, New Orleans, LA: March 2017. Also presented at Southern Economic Association, Tampa, FL: November 2017.

“The Moral Consequences of the Welfare State: An Analysis Using Adam Smith’s Four Sources of Moral Approval.” Southern Economic Association, Washington, DC: November 2016.

“Endowment Effects in Evolutionary Game Theory: Enhancing Property Rights.” International Congress on Agent Computing, Fairfax, VA: November 2016. Also presented at Public Choice Society, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: March 2016. Finalist for the Vincent & Elinor Ostrom Prize.

“The Endowment Effect and First Party Enforcement of Rights: Evidence from the Black Market.” Eastern Economic Association, Washington, DC: February 2016.

“Endowment Effects in Evolutionary Game Theory: Enhancing Property Rights.” Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA: November 2015.

“Adam Smith, Moral Sentiments, and the Welfare State.” History of Economics Society, East Lansing, MI: June 2015. Also presented at Association of Private Enterprise Education, Cancún, Mexico: April 2015.

“Expressive Voting and the Median Voter Theory: An Agent Based Approach.” Public Choice Society, San Antonio, TX: March 2015.