Daniel J. D’Amico completed his economics Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. In 2011 Daniel’s paper, “The Prison in Economics: Private and Public Incarceration in Ancient Greece,” was awarded the Gordon Tullock Prize for the best paper published in the journal Public Choice by a scholar under the age of forty.
Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, the Review of Austrian Economics and the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He has served on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University and a co-founder of the Carl Menger Undergraduate Essay Contest run by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.
Daniel is currently a visiting professor of Political Science at The Political Theory Project at Brown University and The William Barnett Professor of Free Enterprise Studies and Associate Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. His current research is focused upon the applied political economy of punishment and incarceration throughout history and around the world today.
Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.