The Economics of Pirates

n6248_32910620_3972 I am proud to announce my professor Peter Leeson was just featured in an article at The Boston Globe This is from the work he has done on the Economics of Pirates and you should all buy his book when it comes out, cleverly called “The Invisible Hook.” I have been fortunate enough to have him as a professor and he even had a week of lectures on this topic. This is from the article:

“AS A CHILD, Peter Leeson was pirate-obsessed. He cherished the ruby-eyed skull ring he got at Disney World, after riding Pirates of the Caribbean. He took up a collection of coconut pirate heads. He lapped up the pirate themes in “Goonies.” And when he grew up to be an economics professor, and started studying pirate society, he found a new excuse for admiration. Pirates, it turns out, were pioneers of democracy.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

My favorite quote:

“The Federalists never refer back to pirates,” he [Leeson] says. “I’ve looked.”


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