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Doing Good or Doing Bad? Humanitarian Action and U.S. Grand Strategy

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

Doing Good or Doing Bad?
Humanitarian Action and U.S. Grand Strategy

Christopher J. Coyne
F.A. Harper Professor of Economics & Director of Graduate Studies
George Mason University

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
1:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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This lecture is part of a series on Economics and Foreign Policy sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

Please contact Sarah Dwyer at with any questions about this event.

This presentation will explore insights from the economic way of thinking regarding state-led efforts to provide assistance to those in need. Different types of assistance will be discussed, with particular focus on the incentives and knowledge constraints facing the actors involved. These factors are crucial to understanding the limits and potential pitfalls of efforts to help others.

Chris CoyneChristopher Coyne is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is also the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, the Co-Editor of The Independent Review, the Co-Editor of Advances in Austrian Economics, and the Book Review Editor of Public Choice. In 2008, he was named the Hayek Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Coyne is the author of Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails (2013, Stanford University Press), After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers) ofThe Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing). In addition, he has authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, and policy studies.