Randall G. Holcombe

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Randall G. Holcombe
Born(1950-06-04)June 4, 1950
NationalityUnited States
InstitutionFlorida State University
FieldEconomics, Austrian School, Public Choice, Constitutional economics, Public Policy, Entrepreneurship
School or
Austrian School
Alma materVirginia Tech, University of Florida
InfluencesJames M. Buchanan, Murray Rothbard
ContributionsPublic 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]


  • Holcombe, Randall G., ed. (1999). The Great Austrian Economists. Auburn, Alabama: Ludwig von Mises Institute. ISBN 0945466048.


  1. ^ Florida State University, Economics Department faculty listing Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.. 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 Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  5. ^ Holcombe, Randall G. "Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable" (PDF).
  6. ^ Mises Economics Blog, [1]. Retrieved 2012-04-18.