Bachelor, Rice University, 1967. Master of Arts, Rice University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Rice University, 1970.
Instructor, Rice University, 1969-1970. Assistant Professor, University Wisconsin-Madi-
son, 1970-1973. Association Professor Economics and Political Science, Ohio State University, 1972-1975.
Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1974.
Professor Economics and Political Science, Ohio State University, 1976-1979. Visiting Professor, Rice University, 1978-1979.
Professor, and Director, Murphy Institute, Institution Political Economics, Tulane University, 1979-1981, 1981-1984. George A. Peterkin Professor Political Economics, Rice University, Texas, United States of America, since 1984.
Arms races and the causes of war have been problems which have received relatively little attention from economists in recent years. This neglect is in a way surprising since many of the essential features of these phenomena — allocation of resources, externalities, the production of public goods, organisational be
haviour, et cetera — are subjects that have been of central concern to the economics profession.
An important component of my research effort for the past fourteen years has been applying developments in economic theory to the problem of the arms race and the outbreak of war. The goal of this research — which has been joint with M. Doctorate. Intriligator since 1972 — is to develop a formal theory of arms accumulation and war outbreak which is based on the postulates of rationality and maximizing behaviour on the part of the agents involved. lieutenant is not our belief that all aspects of arms races and war can be explained by rational behaviour.
However, we do believe that rational behaviour does explain major components of these phenomena, and, in particular, we believe that it is these components which can be addressed by policy. Our work on this problem has led to over twenty published papers in various journals and edited volumes. My other interest in economics is pure theory.
In that field I have worked on the Street St. Petersburg Paradox and on the taxation of capital in the context of models of heterogeneous agents with self selection.
Served with United States Army, 1963-1966. Member Econometric Society, Public Choice Society, Houston Philo.
Married Patricia Ann Kendrick, June 29, 1968.