Brian C. Albrecht

PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota


Exchange, Search Theory, and Buchanan’s Foundations of Politics, Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of James M. Buchanan, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018

The Breakdown of Spontaneous Order: Smith and Hayek Diverge, NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, 2017

Positive Public Economics: Reinterpreting 'Optimal' Policies, Journal of Economic Methodology, 2017 (Working Paper Version)

Working Papers

Political Persuasion

Models as Foils with Brian Kogelmann (revised and resubmitted)

Preventing Plunder: Military Technology, Capital Accumulation, and Economic Growth with Joshua Hendrickson and Alexander Salter (under review)

Entrepreneurship as Coordination

Works in Progress

Learning and the Limits of Price Competition

Market Persuasion (motivating example)

Production Inefficiency and Hidden Trading: A Mechanism Design Approach with V.V. Chari, Adway De, and Keyvan Eslami

Climate Change under Non-Optimal Economic Policies with Adway De

Wampum: The Political Economy of an Institutional Tragedy with Andrew Young

On the Absence of September Surprises with Joshua Hendrickson

Advertising in the Market for Political Support (slides)

I use formal models, history of economic thought, and economic methodology to learn about economic theory, particularly information design, price theory, and political economy.

"I am an economic theorist. I'm mostly interested, not in particular topics in economics, but in how economists do their business, which is what theorists do." - David Kreps


Teaching Experience

Comparative Economic Systems, Instructor (syllabus)

Principles of Microeconomics, Large Lecture Instructor and Course Co-Lead

Principles of Macroeconomics, Teaching Assistant

Principles of Microeconomics, Teaching Assistant

Price Theory Notes

This section is for short notes that cover various issues within price theory. They purposefully rely on simple theory so they can be accessible to students and non-theorists, using theory as an engine of analysis.

Some Price Theory of Buyer-Optimal Learning (Roesler and Szentes 2017)