Economics
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian Baugus, An Economic Theory of Homeschooling (2009)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

John Barry, Advances in Distributional Analysis (2004)

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

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)