Randall G. Holcombe

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Randall G. Holcombe
Born (1950-06-04)June 4, 1950
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 June 4, 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] 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.[5]

Holcombe is a musician and licensed pilot.[6]


  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. ^ Holcombe, Randall G. "Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable". 
  6. ^ Mises Economics Blog, [1]. Retrieved 2012-04-18.