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Fall 2010
ISSN 0890-913X
Volume 26, Number 1

Ideas, Funding, and Positions: The Elements of a Successful Intellectual Movement, and the Role of Peter J. Boettke in Advancing Austrian Economics

Stephen C. Miller, Western Carolina University
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TheJournalofPrivateEnterprise26(1),2010,67-71Ideas,Funding,andPositions:TheElementsofaSuccessfulIntellectualMovement,andtheRoleofPeterJ.BoettkeinAdvancingAustrianEconomicsStephenC.MillerWesternCarolinaUniversityAbstractTherecordofPeterJ.Boettke'smentorshipofPhDstudentsineconomicsisparticularlyimpressive,usingthecriteriaofhisformerstudentsintellectualcontributions,theirsuccessinobtainingfundingfortheiractivities,andtheirpositionswithinacademia.TherecordshowsthatBoettkehashadunequaledsuccessasamentorofdoctoralstudentsinAustrianandMarketProcesseconomics.JELCodes:A23,B23Keywords:Graduateeconomicseducation;AustrianeconomicsI.IntroductionTherearenumerouswaystoevaluatementorsandtheirvariousstylesandapproaches.Butperhapsthemostimportantwaytoevaluateamentorisintermsofstudentscareerresults.Thequalityofamentorbecomesobviouswhenatrackrecordhasbeenestablishedandonecanlookatthesuccessofhismentees.InthecaseofPhDadvisorsineconomics,amentorstrackrecordisobservedintheprofessionalsuccessofhisstudents.Bythisstandard,PeteBoettkehasshownuniquesuccessamonghispeersatGeorgeMasonUniversityandamongprofessionalAustrian-schooleconomists.SincecomingtoGeorgeMasonin1997,Boettkehaschaired16dissertations.Fourteenofthose16adviseesarecurrentlyteachingatcollegesanduniversities,andtheothertwoareaffiliatedwithuniversity-affiliatedpolicyandresearchcenters.Elevenofthe14inteachingpositionsarecurrentlyonthetenuretrack.Bynowtherearesurelymore,butasofthiswritingthosestudentshaveproducedatleast212uniquejournalarticlesandsevenacademicbooks,fourauthoredandthreeeditedvolumes.Iknowwhatyouarethinking,67
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