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Drafting the Great Army: Optimal Conscription in Napoleonic France
The ability to mobilize large armies for the purposes of national defense and territorial expansion is a key feature of the modern state. Post-revolutionary France was among the first European powersExpand
Filling the ranks: the Remplacement Militaire in post-revolutionary France
Many economists have analyzed the efficiency of a volunteered army relative to a conscripted army. However, they have rarely studied the working of real-world alternative, market-based, militaryExpand
Competition Is (Still) a Tough Weed: A Review Essay of Thomas Philippon’s the Great Reversal
In The Great Reversal, Philippon makes the case that competition in America has weakened during the past two decades. His book contributes to the rapidly developing literature on the macroeconomicExpand
Desertion As Theft
To be effective, an army must contain the extent of desertion among its ranks. This phenomenon rose to particular prominence in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, with the appearance of theExpand
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The interest group origins of the Bank of France
This paper contrasts different interpretations of the creation of the Bank of France. I argue that the Bank of France was the product of rent-seeking behavior rather than the pursuit of publicExpand
Economic calculation and the organization of markets
Austrian economists have had mostly mixed feelings about transaction costs-based theories of the organization of economic activities. We argue that the two approaches, the Austrian and theExpand
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The Interest Group Origins of the Bank of France
This paper contrasts different interpretations of the creation of the Bank of France. I argue that the Bank of France was the product of rent-seeking behavior rather than the pursuit of publicExpand
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Utility Maximization and Dissipation Under Price Controls
This paper shows how basic micro-economics tools, and more specifically utility analysis, can be used to understand dissipating behavior in situations where prices alone cannot equate supply andExpand
Economic Calculation and the Organization of Markets
This paper contributes to the transaction cost literature and to Austrian institutional analysis by trying to reconcile the property right approach to transaction costs developed by Cheung, BarzelExpand