Announcement
January 17, 2012

GMU/Mercatus Center Alumni, Professors Beaulier, Sutter, and Smith Initiate New Research Project

Three GMU/Mercatus Center alumni, Professors Scott Beaulier, Dan Smith, and Dan Sutter, now teach at Troy University, where they are all a part of the University’s Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy in the Sorrell School of Business. The Johnson Center is a center for free-market economic research and education. The Johnson Center makes contributions to the frontiers of political economy though a distinctive research program and an emphasis on student engagement.  

Following some of the lessons learned about resilience and the role of civil society in post-disaster recovery during Mercatus’ previous research on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, Professors Beaulier, Sutter, and Smith have initiated a new research project studying the role of the private and public sectors in the wake of the tornado in Joplin, MO.

The two fold project aims to explore how the institutional environment in Joplin, MO contributed to the severity of the damage and the pace of recovery, similar to how institutional factors exacerbated the damage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The study also assesses the relative contribution of each type of response to the recovery process, as well as exploring the possibility of government sector responses inhibiting recovery in some areas, as they did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

 

Scott Beaulier is the Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and an Associate Professor of Economics at Troy University. He is also the Executive Director of Troy University’s Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, in the Sorrell College of Business. Scott is also a regular blogger (with Dave Prychitko and Pete Boettke) at the "Economic Way of Thinking" blog: http://www.ewot.typepad.com/ and received his Ph.D from George Mason University.

Daniel J. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2011. While at George Mason, Dr. Smith received fellowships from The H.B. Earhart Foundation and the Mercatus Center.

Daniel Sutter is an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and professor of economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.  Dr. Sutter received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.