Journal of Private Enterprise

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Fall

Assume Anarchy: The Educational Philosophy of Peter Boettke
AbstractKneller (1984, 1978, 1971) identifies four major theories of education: progressivism, perennialism, essentialism, and reconstructionism. No particular theme fits my mentor, Peter Boettke, particularly well. In fact, Boettke's educational philosophy...
Economist as Pastor, Preacher, and Most Importantly, Theologian
AbstractThis article argues that if we embrace a view of religion as a collection of theories about the world (e.g., about alertness and entrepreneurship) and a set of values about how we ought to approach our activities (e.g., value freedom), there...
Effective Communication in Economics: Lessons from Peter Boettke
AbstractDeidre McCloskey's (1983, 1986) critique of economic rhetoric exposes the discipline's modern day struggle with effective communication. This article examines the McCloskey critique as it applies to academia, and highlights the value of integrating...
Encouraging a Productive Research Agenda: Peter Boettke and the Devil's Test
AbstractPeter Boettke is the single most effective graduate mentor in the Austrian economics tradition today. One of the many teaching tools Boettke uses is the devil's test. The test is an effective teaching tool because it clarifies what the goals...
From Promiscuity to Commitment: Peter Boettke's Approach to Mentoring "Mainline" Economists
AbstractPeter J. Boettke's prescription for graduate students involves reading widely and writing papers that illuminate the world through economic theory. This essay discusses his pedagogical approach in relationship to contemporary scholarship in mainstream...
Ideas, Funding, and Positions: The Elements of a Successful Intellectual Movement, and the Role of Peter J. Boettke in Advancing Austrian Economics
AbstractThe record of Peter J. Boettke's mentorship of PhD students in economics is particularly impressive, using the criteria of his former students' intellectual contributions, their success in obtaining funding for their activities, and their positions...
Making Economics a Transformative Experience
AbstractThis essay focuses on Peter Boettke as an undergraduate teacher of economics. Hutt (1936), Buchanan (1996), and Klein (1999, 2001) argue that economists play an important role in educating citizens by instilling an understanding of the core principles...
Peter Boettke's New Comparative Political Economy as Libertarian Scholarship
AbstractThis paper attempts to survey and partially resolve a debate amidst factions within the broader tradition of libertarian political economy. While natural rights theorists and Public Choice economists are often at odds concerning the proper way...
The Analects of Boettke
AbstractAphorisms are pithy expressions frequently entailing some paradox, either internally or in juxtaposition with other aphorisms. This article collects and interprets the aphorisms that Peter Boettke uses in the instruction of graduate students...
The Parallels between Sports Coaching and Graduate Teaching: Coach Boettke as Exemplar
AbstractThis paper explores the parallels between being a successful sports coach and graduate mentor. It takes the form of a case study of Prof. Peter J. Boettke, utilizing experiential evidence drawn from the author's own graduate studies. In 2009...
The Political Economy of Peter Boettke
AbstractThis paper briefly describes the unique political economy agenda of Peter Boettke and highlights his remarkable inspiration of students. I argue that these contributions are not separate or individualized phenomena. They are inseparable and intimately...
The Power of Ideas: The "Peter Boettke" Strategy for Advancing the Science of Prosperity
AbstractThis article examines the strategy that Peter Boettke employs to advance the science of prosperity. The strategy is designed to produce research that is grounded in good economics and has the potential to create social change. To that end he...
The Transition Economist: From Athlete to Doctoral Mentor
AbstractAthletic coaches devote countless hours to strategizing about how to motivate their players. Academic mentors spend much less time thinking about how to motivate their students. Peter Boettke is a former athlete and an active basketball coach...
Toward a Libertarian Strategy for Academic Change: The Movement Building of Peter Boettke
AbstractMurray Rothbard (1977) maintained that libertarian social change requires a libertarian cadre both committed to principle and willing to engage others to help advance the cause. This article applies this theory to academia and highlights the...