Daniel B. Klein

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Daniel B. Klein
Born (1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 56)
Nationality American
Institution George Mason University
Alma mater New York University

Daniel Bruce Klein (born January 16, 1962) is an American professor of economics at George Mason University and an Associate Fellow of the Swedish Ratio Institute. Much of his research examines public policy questions, libertarian political philosophy, and the sociology of academia. He is the chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

Klein received his doctorate in economics from New York University in 1990. He was a Visiting Scholar at the City University in Stockholm and the Department of Economics, Stanford University.[1]


In an article appearing in the August 2004 Econ Journal Watch he criticized libertarian paternalism, espoused by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, as oxymoronic.[2] He argued against what he perceived as an overly loose and weak definition of libertarianism on the grounds that Thaler and Sunstein made no meaningful distinction between liberty and coercion. In failing to define the concepts of liberty and coercion as fundamentally dissimilar processes.[vague] Libertarian paternalism uses a hyperrational behavior model of human nature as a definition for libertarianism, and neglects alternative definitions such as those advanced by Adam Smith and F.A. Hayek.

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