John Nye

John Nye
  • Discipline: Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy
  • Organization: Mercatus Center at George Mason University

John Nye holds the Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is a specialist in European economic history and new institutional economics. 

Dr. Nye was a founding member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History. He was co-editor of Frontiers in the New Institutional Economics. His articles have been published in a variety of journals. In 1997, he was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 2003, Professor Nye received the ArtSci Council Faculty Teaching Award. His current projects include an analysis of the effects of Dragon birth year preferences on Asian American education, a study of taxation and industrial organization in the nineteenth century French wine industry, the problems of Asian economic development, the effects of black mayors on African-American income and employment, the question of successful elite reform, and the viability of drug prohibitions in the presence of governmental corruption.. 

Recent publications include "Did the Soviets Collude?: A Statistical Analysis of Championship Chess 1940-78" with Charles Moul, in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008. His current projects include research into the Anglo-French wine trade, the political economy of policy reform, and collusion in international sporting tournaments. His book, War, Wine, and Taxes: The Political Economy of Anglo-French Trade 1689-1900 was published in 2007 from Princeton University Press. 

Dr. Nye earned a BS from the California Institute of Technology and a MA and PhD from Northwestern University.