Economics of Peace

Adam Smith


Circa 1723 — July 17, 1790


Adam Smith was a Scottish philosopher known as the father of economics. In his classic book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Smith laid the foundation for modern economics by examining the global inequality of wealth and the human actions that contribute to the distribution of wealth.


Ludwig von Mises


September 29, 1881 — October 10, 1973


Ludwig von Mises was an economist born in what is now Lviv, Ukraine to an Austrian father and Jewish mother. Mises left Europe for the U.S. in 1940 to continue his academic career where he initially struggled to gain popularity. Today, his ideas about the economics of peace are foundational yet often overshadowed. Not unlike Jane Addams, Mises and his ideas are also brutally contorted to support illiberal ends.


Prof. Kenneth E. Boulding


January 18, 1910 — March 18, 1993


Professor Kenneth E. Boulding was an English-American economist, academic, and peace activist. An interdisciplinary and complex figure, Prof. Boulding received nominations for Nobel Prizes in both economics and peace. He's a difficult figure to describe — a trailblazing economist who blended ideas into digestible yet indescribable bites.


Prof. Christopher J. Coyne


Born Circa 1980


Professor Christopher J. Coyne is a leading economist studying a range of topics under the peace umbrella from militarism and humanitarian aid to trade and political economy. The youngest and most currently active member of the library, Prof. Coyne is also a renowned mentor and teacher. Stay tuned for updates as Prof. Coyne continues publishing and as his recent work becomes available in the public domain.




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