Research Groups

The Department of Economics is committed to diversity in its intellectual approach. This dedication is evident in the interdisciplinary research groups housed with the department. In addition to engaging in interdisciplinary research and teaching, these research groups hold weekly seminars that bring scholars to campus from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. 

Research Groups

Center for the Study of Public Choice

The Center for the Study of Public Choice serves as the institutional home for the Public Choice Research Program under the leadership of Alex Tabarrok and James M. Buchanan, emeritus professor and advisory general director. The center builds on the groundbreaking economic and political science theories for which Buchanan was awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES)

The Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES) at George Mason University is a research center and laboratory specializing in experimental economics, and affiliated with the Antonin Scalia Law School, School of Business, Department of Economics in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Mercatus Center.

Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to connect academic learning and real world practice.

Hayek Program

The F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is devoted to the promotion of teaching and research in institutional arrangements that are suitable for the support of free and prosperous societies. The work of the program pays particular attention to the connections and relationships between economics and such other branches of the humane studies as law, politics, philosophy, and history.

Adam Smith Program

The Adam Smith Program explores the moral and economic philosophy of Adam Smith and related thinkers, through professional scholarship, doctoral dissertations, graduate seminars, reading groups, and special projects.  The program pursues intellectual history to learn ethics, jurisprudence, politics, economics, and moral psychology.