Political Theory Project

Daniel J. D'Amico

Associate Director

Biography

Daniel J. D’Amico is the Associate Director of The Political Theory Project and a Lecturer in Economics at Brown University where he teaches and coordinates student programs dedicated to the study of institutions and ideas that make societies free, prosperous, and fair. Before beginning at Brown University in 2015, Daniel was awarded the level of Associate Professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans, where he garnered awards for teaching, research, and service.

Daniel’s current research is focused upon the political economy of punishment and incarceration throughout history and around the world. He has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and the Review of Austrian Economics.

Daniel is currently the co-editor of Advances in Austrian Economics, an affiliated scholar with the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University, and a co-founder of the Carl Menger Essay Contest sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education.

Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.

Curriculum Vitae

Awards

Daniel completed his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2008. His dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.

In 2011 Daniel's paper, "The Prison in Economics: Private and Public Incarceration in Ancient Greece," was awarded the Gordon Tullock Prize for the best paper published in the journal Public Choice by a scholar under the age of forty.

Publications

Journal Articles

(2019). “KNOWLEDGE PROBLEMS FROM BEHIND THE VEIL OF IGNORANCE,” THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW. 24(1): 73-87.

W/ CLAUDIA WILLIAMSON (2019). “AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF INSTITUTIONS AND CROSS-COUNTRY INCARCERATION RATES,” PUBLIC CHOICE. 180(3-4): 217-242.

W/ CLAUDIA WILLIAMSON (2019). “THE PUNITIVE CONSEQUENCES OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES IN ENGLAND, FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES,” JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS. 15(2): 303-326

(2018). “THE LAW AND ECONOMICS OF SYCOPHANCY,” CONSTITUTIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. 29(4): 424-439.

W/ MICHAEL GOLZ (2018). “MARKET CONCENTRATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRADE,” JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION. 150: 28-42.

(2017). “THE SOCIAL PROVISION OF PUNISHMENT AND INCARCERATION,” THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS AND SOCIOLOGY. 76(5): 1107-1132.

(2017). “THE COUNTER-REVOLUTION OF CRIMINOLOGICAL SCIENCE: A STUDY ON THE ABUSE OF REASONED PUNISHMENT,” ERASMUS JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY AND ECONOMICS. 10(1): 1-40.

(2017) “INCORPORATING SOCIAL CAPITAL THEORY INTO THE AUSTRIAN BUSINESS CYCLE THEORY,” JOURNAL OF BUSINESS VALUATION AND ECONOMIC LOSS ANALYSIS.

W/ CLAUDIA WILLIAMSON (2015). “DO LEGAL ORIGINS AFFECT CROSS-COUNTRY INCARCERATION RATES?” JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS. 43(3): 595-612.

(2015). “KNOWLEDGE PROBLEMS AND PROPORTIONALITY,” CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS. 34(2): 131-155.

(2012). “COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY WHEN ANARCHISM IS ON THE TABLE,” REVIEW OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS. 25(1): 63-75.

(2010). “THE PRISON IN ECONOMICS: PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INCARCERATION IN ANCIENT GREECE,” PUBLIC CHOICE. 145(3-4): 461-82.

(2010). “PETER BOETTKE’S NEW COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY AS LIBERTARIAN SCHOLARSHIP,” JOURNAL OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. 26(1): 80-96.

W/ PETER BOETTKE (2010). “CORRIDORS, COORDINATION, AND THE ENTREPRENEURIAL THEORY OF THE MARKET PROCESS,” JOURNAL OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. 25(2): 87-96.

(2010). “THE BUSINESS ETHICS OF INCARCERATION: THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF TREATING PRISONS LIKE BUSINESSES,” REASON PAPERS. 31: 125-47.

W/ PETER BOETTKE (2010). “FROM NEURO-HAYEKIANS TO SUBJECTIVIST HAYEKIANS: A REPLY TO HORWITZ AND KOPPL,” ADVANCES IN AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS. 13: 399-403.

W/ PETER BOETTKE (2010). “MAKING SENSE OUT OF THE SENSORY ORDER,” ADVANCES IN AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS. 13: 357-81.

(2008). “DISSERTATION SUMMARY: THE IMPRISONER’S DILEMMA, THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PROPORTIONATE PUNISHMENT,” ERASMUS JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY AND ECONOMICS. 1(1): 181-4.

(2008). “TATTOO PROHIBITION BEHIND BARS: THE CASE FOR REPEAL,” THE JOURNAL OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. 23(2): 113-34.

(2008). “WHO’S TO BLAME FOR ALL THE HEARTACHE? A RESPONSE TO ANTI-CAPITALISTIC MENTALITIES AFTER KATRINA,” THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH. 35(8): 590-602.

W/ DANIEL KLEIN (2008). “THE INTERNET AND THE STRUCTURE OF DISCOURSE: THE WEBSITES OF ECONOMISTS AT HARVARD AND GEORGE MASON,” ECON JOURNAL WATCH. 4(2): 272-83.

W/ WALTER BLOCK (2007). “A LEGAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF GRAFFITI,” HUMANOMICS. 23(1): 29-38.

 

Book Chapters

(2018). “RULES VERSUS DISCRETION IN CRIMINAL SENTENCING,” IN R. WAGNER (ED.) JAMES M. BUCHANAN: A THEORIST OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN.

(2017). “THE POTENTIALS AND LIMITS OF DE-INCARCERATION,” IN C. SURPRENANT (ED.) RETHINKING PUNISHMENT IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATION. ROUTLEDGE. PP. 309-328.

(2015). “SPONTANEOUS ORDER,” IN C. COYNE AND P. BOETTKE (EDS.) OXFORD HANDBOOK ON AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. PP. 115-144.

(2012). “NEW FORWARD,” IN W. BLOCK DEFENDING THE UNDEFENDABLE. LAISSEZ FAIRE BOOKS.

(2010). “ROCK ME LIKE A HURRICANE! HOW MUSIC COMMUNITIES PROMOTE SOCIAL CAPITAL ADEPT FOR RECOVERY,” IN E. CHAMLEE-WRIGHT AND V. STORR (EDS.) AFTER KATRINA: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DISASTER AND COMMUNITY REBOUND. EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHERS, PP. 126-40.

 

Book Reviews

W/ JOHN TOMASI (2016). “REVIEW SYMPOSIUM: THE POLITICS OF PRECARITY, A DISCUSSION OF SANFORD SCHRAM’S RETURN OF ORDINARY CAPITALISM: NEOLIBERALISM, PRECARITY, OCCUPY,” PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS. 14(2): 4-5.

(2015). “NINA M. MOORE: THE POLITICAL ROOTS OF RACIAL TRACKING IN AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE,” PUBLIC CHOICE. 165(3-4): 307-9.

(2015). “PRISON NATION: HOW AMERICA’S INCARCERATION SYSTEM IS LIKE A DISTINCT NATION, BOOK REVIEW OF A COUNTRY CALLED PRISON: MASS INCARCERATION AND THE MAKING OF A NEW NATION BY MARY D. LOOMAN AND JOHN D. CARL,” REASON MAGAZINE. AUGUST 30.

(2015). “THE SOCIAL ORDER OF THE UNDERWORLD: HOW PRISON GANGS GOVERN THE AMERICAN PENAL SYSTEM BY DAVID SKARBEK,” QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS. 18(2): 240-3.

(2015). “THE SOCIAL ORDER OF THE UNDERWORLD: HOW PRISON GANGS GOVERN THE AMERICAN PENAL SYSTEM BY DAVID SKARBEK,” THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW, 19(4): 622-5.

(2013). “LIVING ECONOMICS: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW BY PETER BOETTKE,” EA MAGAZINE, SUMMER 34.

(2013). “LOST CAUSES: THE RETREAT FROM CLASSICAL LIBERALISM BY DEEPAK LAL,” THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW. 17(4).

(2012). “THE CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF RECOVERY: SOCIAL LEARNING IN A POST-DISASTER ENVIRONMENT,” THE FREEMAN.

(2011). THE ILLUSION OF FREE MARKETS: PUNISHMENT AND THE MYTH OF NATURAL ORDER,” EH.NET.

(2010). “THE AUSTRIAN SCHOOL: MARKET ORDER AND ENTREPRENEURIAL CREATIVITY BY JESUS HUERTA DE SOTO,” REVIEW OF AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS, 23(2): 193-8.

(2007). “CHANGING OF THE GUARD: PRIVATE PRISONS AND THE CONTROL OF CRIME EDITED BY ALEXANDER TABARROK,” JOURNAL OF LIBERTARIAN STUDIES, 21(2): 123-8.

(2005). “THE DIGITAL PERSON: TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY IN THE INFORMATION AGE BY DANIEL J. SOLOVE,” JOURNAL OF LAW, ECONOMICS & POLICY, 1(2): 537-41.