Peter G. Klein

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Peter G. Klein
Academic career
InstitutionBaylor University
University of Missouri
University of Georgia
UC Berkeley
FieldManagerial economics, Entrepreneurial econ, Innovation econ, Industrial econ
School or
Austrian School
Alma materUC Berkeley (PhD) 1995
University of North Carolina (B.A.) 1988
Oliver E. Williamson
InfluencesFriedrich Hayek, Oliver E. Williamson, Carl Menger, Friedrich von Wieser, Ludwig von Mises
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Peter Gordon Klein is an American economist who studies managerial and organizational issues. Klein holds the W. W. Caruth Endowed Chair and is a professor of entrepreneurship at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, where he is also Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. Klein is Academic Director of the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, adjunct professor of strategy and management at the Norwegian School of Economics, and Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as associated editor for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and associate editor of The Independent Review. His 2012 book Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment (with Nicolai Foss, Cambridge University Press) won the 2014 Foundation for Economic Education Best Book Prize and has been translated into Polish and Persian. His 2010 book The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur (Mises Institute) has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese. He holds an honorary professorship at the Beijing University of Information Science and Technology.


Klein specializes in organizational economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship, with applications to corporate diversification, organizational design, and innovation. His books include Entrepreneurship and the Firm: Austrian Perspectives on Economic Organization[1] (edited with Nicolai J. Foss, Edward Elgar, 2002), The Fortunes of Liberalism,[2] volume 4 of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek[3] (University of Chicago Press, 1992), The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets[4] (Mises Institute, 2010), and Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment: A New Approach to the Firm (with Nicolai J. Foss, Cambridge University Press, 2011).[5]

During the 2000–2001 academic year, Klein was a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers.

In 2012, he authored an article entitled "Entrepreneurs and Creative Destruction" in The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs, published by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Teaching career[edit]

Klein taught previously at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Georgia, the Copenhagen Business School, the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.[6] He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, studying under 2009 Nobel Laureate Oliver E. Williamson, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.[7] Klein is currently the faculty advisor for Baylor's Young American's For Liberty chapter.


  1. ^ book information
  2. ^ book information
  3. ^ "The Plan of the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek -- published and planned titles".
  4. ^ "The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets". Mises Institute. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  5. ^ book information
  6. ^ "CV | Peter G. Klein". Retrieved 2023-12-08.
  7. ^ Online CV Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, accessed at December 12, 2008.

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