Edward López

BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism, Western Carolina University
Research Fellow, Independent Institute

Edward J. López is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, and former President of both the Public Choice Society and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He earned a BS in economics from Texas A&M University, and an MA and PhD in economics at George Mason University in 1997. While at George Mason, he was a Mercatus Center PhD Fellow. Before joining the faculty of San Jose State University in the fall of 2005, he held appointments at the University of North Texas, San Jose State University and George Mason University, and he served as staff economist on the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Professor López's research focuses on the economics of ideas, fashion, and politics. His first book, an edited volume titled The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), uses public choice theory to recommend beneficial reforms in civil and criminal law. His second book, Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change (Stanford University Press, co-authored with Wayne A. Leighton) combines ideas and entrepreneurship to explain political change. He is currently working on his third book, tentatively titled Copycats: Law, Entrepreneurship, and Liberty in Fashion Design, which argues that design copyists serve beneficial, entrepreneurial functions.

His scholarly articles have appeared in Public Choice, Review of Law & EconomicsReview of Austrian EconomicsSouthern Economic JournalPolitical Research QuarterlySocial Science Quarterly, Eastern Economic Journal, and more.

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