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Emily Skarbek

Lecturer in Political Economy

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Department of Political Economy
Room S2.04
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7339

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 1:00pm  


Dr Emily Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy and Programme Director for the Political Economy MA. She is also the Research Group leader Self- Governance. Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her research is primarily interested in how individuals achieve social coordination in market relationships and social organizations. Her work incorporates interdisciplinary insights into economic analyses of crises and recovery processes. Dr. Skarbek’s interests also include how the history of economic thought informs and furthers contemporary research. 

Emily received a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. She joins the faculty at King’s from San Jose State University where she taught microeconomics and public choice as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics. Most recently, Dr. Skarbek spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a researcher at the Center for the History of Economic Thought at Duke University.


'Principles of Economics' (first-year undergraduate)


Emily’s current research examines how voluntary society operated in the aftermath of the Chicago Fire of 1871. Her research examines how organizational and jurisdictional arrangements impact the ability of agents to discover successful strategies and mitigate market failures. Using novel historical data and records, her work examines the consequences of polycentric disaster relief following one of the most devastating natural disasters of the nineteenth century. Emily’s work in the history of economic thought focuses on the treatment of voluntary society in relation to public goods problems, issues of charitable giving, and the production and dissemination of knowledge. 


“Entrepreneurship and Expertise” forthcoming, Advances in Austrian Economics, 2012.

"Associations and Order in The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery" (with P. Green), 2011. Studies in Emergent Order, Vol.3: 69-79.

“Sweatshops and Non-Monetary Compensation: Evidence from El Salvador” (with D. Skarbek,  B.Skarbek, E. Skarbek). Forthcoming, American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

"From Promiscuity to Commitment: Peter J. Boettke's Approach to Mentoring 'Mainline'  Economists" 2011.  Journal of Private Enterprise, 26(1) 143-152.

"Coordinating the Reconstruction of Haiti" 2010. Journal of International Peace  Operations 6(2) 25-27.

“The Context of Context: The Evolution of F.A. Hayek’s Epistemic Turn in Economics and Politics” (with P. Boettke and N. Snow). 2010. Advances in Austrian Economics, Volume 13.

“The Political Economy of Urban Reconstruction, Development, and Planning.” 2009. Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics 2(1) 148-151.

"Remittances and Reputations of Hawala Money Transfer Systems: Self-Enforcing Exchange on an International Scale." 2008. Journal of Private Enterprise 24(1) 95-117.

“The Economics of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” with W. Block. 2007. Energy and Environment 18(1) 74-85.

Book Chapters

"Individualism, Feminism, and Affirmative Action", Accepted 2012. The Free Woman, eds Sharon Presley and Jan Stover.

“Earth, Wind, and Fire! Federalism and Incentives in Natural Disaster Response” (with A. Kashdan) in After Katrina: The Political Economy of Disaster and Community Rebound, eds. Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil H. Storr.

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