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John V. C. Nye

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John V. C. Nye holds the Fredéric Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center and is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He also serves as a research director at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

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He is a specialist in economic history and the New Institutional Economics. Prior to coming to GMU, he was a professor for over two decades at Washington University in St. Louis and was a founding member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics. He has done research on a variety of topics from Anglo-French trade war and the rise of the British fiscal state, to Soviet collusion in championship chess, demography and cultural norms in Asia, and problems of reform in developing nations. He is currently directing a large-scale cross-national project on the importance of human capital for preferences, achievement, and institutional quality for HSE, Moscow. He received a BS in physics from Caltech and an MA and PhD in economics from Northwestern University. He is the author of War, Wine, and Taxes: The Political Economy of Anglo-French Trade 1689-1900 (Princeton, 2007) and was co-editor with John Drobak of Frontiers in the New Institutional Economics (Academic Press, 1997). Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, which he jointly edited with Avner Greif and Lynne Kiesling, is forthcoming at the end of this year from Princeton University Press.

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