John V.C. Nye

John V.C. Nye

John V.C. Nye


Economic history, new institutional economics

Professor Nye is the holder of the Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center. He is a specialist in British and French economic history, and the new institutional economics. He was a founding member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History. With John Drobak, he was co-editor of Frontiers in the New Institutional Economics. He has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a visiting professor at Stanford University. He is the author of War, Wine, and Taxes (Princeton, 2007) and more recently was joint editor with Avner Greif and Lynne Kiesling of Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization (Princeton, 2015).  He also serves as the International Academic Advisor and a Research Director of the Center for Institutional Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.


B.S. Physics 1981 California Institute of Technology
M.A. Economics 1983 Northwestern University
Ph.D. Economics 1985 Northwestern University

Dissertations Supervised

Kaman Ho, The Mongol Conquest, State Capacity, and Historical Stagnation of Imperial China (2022)

Franz M. Loyola, Essays on the Economic History of the Philippines: From Unintended Benefits to the Spanish Empire to the Political Economy of Rice Policy (2019)

Patricia Moser, The Political Economy of Tobacco Taxation: Essays in Public Choice (2017)

Theresa S. Finley, Essays on Religion and Institutions in European Economic History (2017)

Aaron M. Honsowetz, Federal Preemption and Deregulation of the United States Telegraph Industry (2015)

Meng Xue, Essays on Culture, Human Capital and Development in China (2015)

Helen Yang, Land and Peasants in Late Imperial China: An Economic Analysis (2013)

Nakul Kumar, The Political Economy of Indian Disaster Relief (2012)

Andrew Wallen, The Blessings of Security: Economic Consequences of Conflict (2011)

Robert Warren Anderson, How to Expect the Portuguese Inquisition (2011)