Florida State University

Department Of Economics

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Our Named Professors

David J. Cooper

David J. Cooper is the Brim Eminent Scholar in Economics. He is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B., 1988) and Princeton University (PhD, 1993). Dr. Cooper’s research focuses on experimental economics with applications to game theory, managerial decision making, and entrepreneurship. He has written papers on learning in strategic settings, decision making by teams in strategic settings, overcoming coordination failure within organizations, and the role of communication in fostering collusion. His work has appeared in, among others, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, the Rand Journal of Economics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. Dr. Cooper serves on the editorial board of Experimental Economics. He has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation as well as other sources.

Randall G. Holcombe

Randall G. Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to coming to Florida State in 1988. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. He served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, and is past president of the Public Choice Society and the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Dr. Holcombe is the author of fifteen books and more than 150 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government (2002), and Producing Prosperity (2013). His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.

R. Mark Isaac

Dr. Isaac is a specialist in experimental economics. Recent research is concerned with endogenous formation of groups, and bidding in ascending auctions. He has published widely and has received grants from numerous organizations. He is currently a member of the board of editors of the American Economic Review, and serves as an Associate Editor for sever experimental economics field journals.

Dr. Isaac is very active in our doctoral program.  As Director of the Experimental Economics Lab, he provides guidance and financial support to some of our most promising doctoral students.  He has supervised several dissertations, including recent graduate Artie Zillante.

Shawn Kantor

Shawn Kantor, a prize-winning author and former head of the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has joined the faculty of Florida State University as the L. Charles Hilton Jr. Distinguished Professor of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity. In the new position within the Department of Economics, Kantor will conduct research on markets and the institutions that play an important role in determining economic prosperity and individual opportunity. He will coordinate regional and national symposia to examine and discuss best practices among the states in achieving these goals. He will also integrate students into a research agenda that will provide the intellectual basis of the policy symposia.

For many years, Kantor has conducted research into how economic, political, and legal institutions influence economic development. His current studies examine the impact that research universities such as Florida State have on regional economic growth. Kantor’s many published papers have won awards for outstanding writing and rank him as one of the country’s most acclaimed economics scholars. He is the author of the books Property Rights: The Closing of the Open Range in the Postbellum South and A Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers’ Compensation (with Price Fishback), which received both the 2000 TIAA-CREF Institute Certificate of Excellence and the Richard Lester Prize for Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations.

Kantor received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1991. Prior to his post at Rensselaer, he was a founding faculty member at the University of California, Merced, serving as the chair of a multidisciplinary department in the social sciences.

Carl Kitchens

R. Vijay Krishna