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 or
Austrian School
Alma mater Virginia Tech, University of Florida
Influences James M. Buchanan, Murray Rothbard
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" (PDF). 
  6. ^ Mises Economics Blog, [1]. Retrieved 2012-04-18.

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