We are pleased to have Mark Koyama blogging with us through Monday. Mark, our colleague at GMU, is an economic historian with an interest in institutional economics and the relationship between culture and economic performance. Mark’s paper on witches, taxes and the rule of law (with Noel Johnson) was recently covered at the Washington Post. Mark has also just published a paper in the Journal of Legal Studies on prosecution associations. Prosecution associations were private providers of insurance and police services in in early nineteenth-century England in the years before public police.
Mark’s career, however, has had one unusual feature. Mark began blogging as a student at Oxford but when he became a professor at GMU he defied all tradition and stopped blogging! We are thus happy to bring Mark back to the fold.