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Rent seeking for madness: the political economy of mental asylums in the United States, 1870 to 1910

From the end of the Civil War to the onset of the Great War, the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in commitment rates for mental asylums. Historians and sociologists often explain this increase by noting that public sentiment …


A Talmudic constrained voting majority rule

Talmudic Law requires a minimal supermajority (13 out of 23) for conviction, but at the same time, provides that a unanimous conviction leads to a mistrial. We derive the necessary and sufficient conditions for sincere and strategic voting and …


The effect of mass legalization on US state-level institutions: Evidence from the immigration reform and control act

A new case for immigration restrictions argues that migrants may transmit low productivity to their destination countries by importing low-quality economic institutions. Using the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) as a natural …

01-04-2021 | Book Review

Ilya Somin, Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2020. 272 Pages. USD 29.95 (hardback)

31-03-2021 Open Access

The logical foundations of constitutional democracy between legal positivism and natural law theory

Rejecting all knowledge claims concerning right and wrong in matters practical James Buchanan concurred with legal positivism that invalid law cannot be identified by its substantive content but only by an inherited defect in its factual creation.

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Public Choice studies the intersection between economics and political science. The journal plays a central role in fostering exchange between economists and political scientists, enabling both communities to explain and learn from each other’s perspectives.

This journal’s roots are in the application of economic methods to problems normally dealt with by political scientists. While it retains strong traces of economic methodology, currently it also addresses newly developed, effective techniques that are not within the domain of economists.

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