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David M. Levy

b. 1944

David M. Levy is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. The 2005 Vanity of the Philosopher, written with Sandra J. Peart, was awarded a Choice Academic Honors. The 1991 Economic Ideas of Ordinary People was republished twenty years after the first publication.

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Levy’s publications include several scholarly books, over one hundred journal articles, dozens of book reviews and chapters in academic books, including Towards an Economics of Natural Equals: A Documentary History of the Early Virginia School (2020), How the Dismal Science Got Its Name: Classical Economics and the Ur-Text of Racial Politics (2002), and co-authored titles include The Street Porter and the Philosopher: Conversations on Analytical Egalitarianism (2008) and The “Vanity of the Philosopher”: From Equality to Hierarchy in Post-Classical Economics (2005).

His long association with James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock helped with the Peart-Levy view of analytical egalitarianism as a claim in model space. His service on the American Statistical Association’s Professional Ethics Committee helped to develop the Levy-Peart model of sympathetic bias in estimation.

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