James D. Gwartney is Professor of Economics and holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. He served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress during 1999/2000. He is the co‐author of a leading textbook, Economics: Private and Public Choice, and a recently published primer, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). His professional publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Cato Journal, Kyklos, and Southern Economic Journal. Prof. Gwartney was president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and was awarded the association’s Adam Smith Award in 2004. His doctoral degree in economics is from the University of Washington and he is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Robert A. Lawson is Professor of Economics and holds the George H. Moor Chair in the School of Management at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. Prof. Lawson has professional publications in Public Choice, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the European Journal of Political Economy. He is a senior fellow with the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, where he has written extensively on issues of state and local public finance. Lawson is a former president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU), joint with Africa House, and Co‐Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is also a non‐resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. William Easterly received his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. He spent 16 years as a Research Economist at the World Bank. He is the author of The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001), three other co‐edited books, and 46 articles in refereed economics journals. Prof. Easterly is an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and of the Journal of Development Economics. He was born in West Virginia and grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio.