Randall G. Holcombe

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Randall G. Holcombe
Born 1950 (age 63–64)
Nationality United States
Institution Florida State University
Field Economics, Austrian School, Public Choice, Constitutional economics, Public Policy, Entrepreneurship
School/tradition Austrian School
Alma mater Virginia Tech, University of Florida
Influences James M. Buchanan, Murray Rothbard
Influenced Russ Sobel
Contributions Public choice theory
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Randall Gregory Holcombe (born 1950) is an American economist, and the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University.[1] He is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute,[2] a Senior Fellow and member of the Research Advisory Council at The James Madison Institute,[3] and past president of the Public Choice Society.[4] From 2000 to 2006 he served on Governor Jeb Bush's Council of Economic Advisors.[4]

Holcombe is the author of several books on economics and American politics.[2] His book From Liberty to Democracy examines the shift of the American government from its founding concept of liberty to the current expectation of democracy.[5] It has been positively reviewed, and its theme has been viewed by critics as extending beyond the United States.[6]

In libertarian theoretical discourse, he has argued that private defense agencies could form cartels and oppress people, more or less as governments, with little fear of competition.[7]

Holcombe is a musician and licensed pilot.[8]


  1. ^ Florida State University, Economics Department faculty listing. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  2. ^ a b The Independent Institute, Randall G. Holcombe. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  3. ^ The James Madison Institute, Research Advisory Council. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  4. ^ a b Florida State University, Randall G. Holcombe. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  5. ^ From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press. 2002. ISBN 0-472-11290-2. 
  6. ^ van den Hauwe, Ludwig M.P. "From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government, by Randall G. Holcombe". Journal of Libertarian Studies 20 (4): 79–87. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Holcombe, Randall G. Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable. 
  8. ^ Mises Economics Blog, [1]. Retrieved 2012-04-18.