College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Richard E Wagner

Richard E Wagner

Richard E Wagner

Eminent Scholar

Public finance, macroeconomics, political economy

Richard E. Wagner, Hobart R. Harris Professor of Economics, is the Graduate Director of the Economics Department. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1966. He joined the faculty of George Mason University in 1988, after having held positions at The University of California, Irvine, Tulane University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Auburn University and Florida State University.

Professor Wagner's fields of interest include public finance, macroeconomics, and political economy. He is the author of over 100 articles in professional journals and some 20 books and monographs, including Inheritance and the State, Democracy in Deficit, The Fiscal Organization of American Federalism, To Promote the General Welfare, Public Finance in a Democratic Society, and Public Choice and Constitutional Economics. He serves in an advisory relationship to such organizations as the Independent Institute, the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, the James Madison Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Public Interest Institute, and the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.

Dissertations Supervised

Stephen Daley, Three Essays on the Emergence of Complex Economic Phenomena (2005)

Ashlie Warnick, The Impact of Shifting from an Annual Federal Budget Cycle to a Biennial Budget Cycle: A Look at the States and Implications for Congress (2004)

Isaac DiIanni, An Economic Analysis of Judicial Doctrine (2007)

Silviu Dochia, Essays in Institutions, Economic Policy and Development (2008)

Pedro Aleman, Essays on Banking and Capital: An Agent-Based Investigation (2009)

Jeremy Horpedahl, The Growth of Government and Democracy in America, 1790-1860: Theory and History from an Economic Perspective (2009)

Michael R. Strobl, Intertemporal Valuations and the Influences of Sociodemographics on Personal Discount Rates (2011)

Marta Podemska-Mikluch, Hearts, Minds, and Self-Governance: Cooperation and Coercion in the Evolution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (2012)

Deema Yazigi, The Propensity to Truck, Barter and [Impede] Exchange (2013)

Ryan Safner, Essays on the Institutional Analysis of Copyright and Its Alternatives (2015)

David J. Hebert, Towards a Catallactic Approach to Taxing and Spending (2014)

Robert S. Cavender, The Economics of Self-Governance in Online Virtual Societies (2015)

Kevin Brancato, Three Essays on Error in Economic Data (2005)

Nikolai Wenzel, A Waltz of Regimes in the Land of Tangos. Lessons From Argentina on Constitutional Culture and Constitutional Maintenance (2007)

Christine Kymn, Information Costs and Regulation: Studies in Nuclear Power (2005)

Chad W. Seagren, Emergent Order, Agent-Based Modeling, and Economic Analysis of Accident Law (2009)

Steven Davis, The Trend Towards the Debasement of American Currency (2010)

Brian Baugus, An Economic Theory of Homeschooling (2009)

Petrik Runst, Mind, Society & Entrepreneurial Action (2011)

David Mitchell, Three Essays on Structure Induced Equilibrium and Tax Policy Change (2004)

John Barry, Advances in Distributional Analysis (2004)

Vipin Pudiyadath Veetil, Network-based Macroeconomics: A Preliminary Investigation (2016)

Santiago J. Gangotena, Essays on Agent Based Models and the Emergence of Money (2016)

Margaret P. Tuszynski, Incentives Matter: Examining the Problematic Nature of Public Aid in the US (2016)

Steven Richardson, Control and Coordination in Federal Administration (2009)

James L. Caton, An Agent-based Theory of Social Economy (2017)