College of Business Mississippi State University

Faculty & Staff

 Claudia R. Williamson, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, Economics
  • MA, West Virginia University, Economics
  • BBA, Marshall University, Economics

BIO

Claudia R. Williamson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University and Co-Director of the Institute for Market Studies. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the role of culture in development, and the political economy of development policies, such as foreign aid. She has authored over 30 articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Institutional Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Defense and Peace Economics, and the Southern Economic Journal. She has also contributed multiple chapters to edited books, written book reviews, and policy briefs. Her research has appeared in popular press outlets, such as The Economist and the BBC. Claudia completed her Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University in May 2008. She spent the 2007-2008 year at George Mason University as the F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute of New York University from 2009-2012, and she spent the 2008-2009 year as an assistant professor of economics at Appalachian State University. During the summer of 2007, she performed fieldwork on land titling in rural Peru.

Recent Publications

2017
  • "Praise for Property", Journal of Private Enterprise, 2017, p forthcoming.
  • "Is Human Trafficking the Dark Side of Economic Freedom?", with Lauren Heller , Robert Lawson , and Ryan Murphy , Defense and Peace Economics, 2017, p forthcoming.
2016
  • "Aiding Economic Freedom: Exploring the Role of Political Institutions", with Nabamita Dutta, European Journal of Political Economy, 2016, vol. 45, p 24-38.
  • "Culture and the Regulation of Entry", with Lewis Davis, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2016, vol. 44, p 1055-1083.
  • "Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Journal of Corporate Finance, 2016, vol. 41, p 572-590.
  • "Can Foreign Aid Free the Press?", with Nabamita Dutta, Journal of Institutional Economics, 2016, vol. 12, no. 3, p 603-621.
  • "The Relationship between Income, Economic Freedom, and BMI", with Robert Lawson and Ryan Murphy, Public Health, 2016, vol. 134, p 18-25.
2015
  • "Do Legal Origins Affect Cross-Country Incarceration Rates?", with Daniel J DAmico, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, vol. 43, p 595-612.
  • "Review of William Easterly, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor ", Public Choice, 2015, vol. 163, p 405-408.
  • "Foreign Aid and the Culture of Contracting", with Christopher J Coyne, Eastern Economic Journal, 2015, vol. 41, p 102-125.
2014
  • "Culture and Freedom The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations", with Rachel L Coyne, Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, 2014, vol. 6, p 83-104.
  • "(Non) Profits to the Rescue", Studies in Emergent Order, 2014, vol. 7, p 124-134.
  • "Can International Aid Improve Health?", with Christopher J Coyne, The Handbook of Global Health Policy, 2014.
2013
  • "Disentangling Institutional Determinants of Entrepreneurship", American Journal of Entrepreneurship, 2013, vol. 6, no. 1, p 40-66.
  • "The Amplification Effect: Foreign Aid’s Impact on Political Institutions", with Nabamita Dutta and Peter T. Leeson, Kyklos, 2013, vol. 66, no. 2, p 208-228.
2012
  • "Dignity and Development", Journal of Socio-Economics, 2012, vol. 41, no. 6, p 763-771.
  • "Introduction: Ideas Matter—The Relevance of Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Society", Journal of Socio-Economics, 2012, vol. 41, no. 6, p 747-748.
  • "Discovering Law: Hayekian Competition in Medieval Iceland", with Carrie Kerekes, Griffith Law Review, 2012, vol. 21, no. 2, p 432-447.
  • "Elderly Migration and Education Spending: Intergenerational Conflict Revisited", with Mehmet Serkan Tosun and Pavel Yakovlev, Public Budgeting and Finance, 2012, vol. 32, no. 2, p 25-39.
  • "Review of Timothy Besley and Torsten Person, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters", Public Choice, 2012, vol. 153, no. 1, p 253-255.
  • "Think Tanks", with Peter Leeson and Matt Ryan, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2012, vol. 40, no. 1, p 62-77.
  • "Trade Openness and Cultural Creative Destruction", with Christopher J Coyne, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 2012, vol. 1, no. 1, p 22-49.

Recent Presentations

2017
  • "Trust, Regulation and Contracting Institutions", with Brandon Cline, Association of Private Enterprise Education, Maui, HI, 2017.
  • "Individualism, Democracy and Contract Enforcement", with Brandon Cline, Public Choice Society Meetings, New Orleans, LA, 2017.
2016
  • "Trust, Regulation and Contracting Institutions", with Brandon Cline, International Conference on Financial Development and Economic Stability, Durham, UK, 2016.
  • "Individualism, Democracy and Contract Enforcement", with Brandon Cline, World Finance Conference, New York, NY, 2016.
  • "Aid, Policies and Growth: Revisiting with New Data", with Shaomeng Jia, Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
  • "Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2016.
  • "Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2016.
  • "Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2016.
2015
  • "Aid, Policies and Growth: Revisiting with New Data", with Shaomeng Jia, Southern Economic Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
  • "National Culture and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Captiva, FL, 2015.
  • "National Culture and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2015.
  • "National Culture and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Conference on Culture, Institutions, and Development, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015.
  • "National Culture and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing", with Brandon Cline, Conference on Culture and Finance, Wake Forest University, 2015.
  • "Aiding Economic Freedom: Exploring Interactions between Foreign Aid, Income, and Institutions", with Nabamita Dutta, Public Choice Society Meetings, San Antonio, TX, 2015.
2014
  • "Culture, Law and Self-Dealing Across Countries", with Brandon Cline, Southern Economic Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2014.
  • "Culture and the Cost of Contract Enforcement", Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting , Key West, FL, 2014.
  • "Culture and the Cost of Contract Enforcement", Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2014.
  • "Culture and the Cost of Contract Enforcement", International Society for New Institutional Economics, Duke University, 2014.
  • "Economic Calculation and Constraints on Firm Size", with Brandon Cline and Adam S Yore, International Society for New Institutional Economics, Duke University, 2014.
  • "Economic Calculation and Constraints on Firm Size", with Brandon Cline and Adam S. Yore, APEE Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.
  • "Culture and Development", Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.
  • "Economic Freedom and Human Trafficking", with Robert Lawson, Ryan Murphy, and Lauren Heller, Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.
  • "Economic Freedom and Obesity", with Robert Lawson and Ryan Murphy, Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.
  • "Culture and the Cost of Contract Enforcement", Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014.
  • "Culture and the Cost of Contract Enforcement", University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 2014.
  • "Culture and Contract Enforcement", George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2014.
  • "Culture and Development", American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
  • "Participant", Applied Research in the PPE Framework I, Fairfax, VA, 2014.
2013
  • "Efficient Private Governance in Medieval Iceland", with Carrie Kerekes, Southern Economic Association Conference, Tampa, FL, 2013.
  • "Culture and Economic Freedom", Beloit College , Beloit, WI, 2013.
  • "Creative Destruction", Foundation for Economic Education, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • "The Dos and Don’ts of Foreign Aid", Foundation for Economic Education, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • "Top Down Versus Bottom Up Change", Foundation for Economic Education, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • "Formal versus Informal Institutions", Institute for Humane Studies, Chicago, IL, 2013.
  • "The Failure of Aid", Institute for Humane Studies, Chicago, IL, 2013.
  • "The Foundations to Economic Thought", Institute for Humane Studies, Chicago, IL, 2013.
  • "Contracting Institutions", Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2013.
  • "Contracting Institutions", Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Maui, HI, 2013.
  • "Punitive Consequences of Legal Origins", with Daniel J D'Amico, Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Maui, HI, 2013.
  • "Punitive Consequences of Legal Origins", with Daniel J D'Amico, Public Choice Society Meetings, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
  • "Contracting Institutions", Samford University, Birmingham, AL, 2013.
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Misguided: Evaluating Property Rights Institutions", Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2013.
2012
  • "Think Tank Expenditures and Interest Group Activity: A Dynamic Panel Granger Causality Test", with Todd Nesbit and Joseph Palardy, Southern Economic Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2012.
  • "The Failure of Foreign Aid", Troy University, Troy, AL, 2012.
  • "Contracting Institutions", San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 2012.