I am an Associate Professor in Economics at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. I am also an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an affiliated scholar with the Foundation for Economic Education. I am a Senior Fellow at the Pegasus Institute in Louisville, Kentucky and a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute based out of Oakland, California. I earned my PhD in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2015.
My broader research interests include Austrian Economics, Political Economy and Public Choice, Defense and Peace Economics, and Institutions and Economic Development. My work includes topics surrounding militarism, the U.S. military, and national defense, including, domestic police militarization, domestic extremism, arm sales, weapons as foreign aid, the cost of military mobilization, and the political economy of military technology. I have written extensively on the domestic consequences of foreign intervention and the economics of propaganda. My current research relates to the economics of terrorism, illicit markets, and militarization.
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Interview with Prof. Abigail Hall Blanco on COVID-19, economics, and intervention
Prof. Abby Hall Blanco discusses economics and government action during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Prof. Abigail R. Hall Blanco is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Tampa, and co-author of the book "Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of US Militarism" published by Stanford University Press. Music licensed from Musicbed.com MB01KAJRVVQT9PM
Police Reform in the Wake of the Derek Chauvin Verdict: Abigail Hall Blanco on Fox News Now
Independent Institute Research Fellow Dr. Abigail R. Hall Blanco was interviewed April 21, 2021 on Fox News Now about the data, or lack of it, regarding police shootings. Police kill about 1,000 people each year and very few of these lead to charges or convictions if brought to trial. Even though there was a murder conviction for the death of George Floyd, she says, issues such as qualified immunity for officers, leeway on use of force, powerful police unions and perceived imminent threat will need to be addressed in the future. Abigail R. Hall Blanco is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Tampa. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, and her work includes topics surrounding women's issues in business and the family, civil and economic liberty, the U.S. military and national defense, including, domestic police militarization, arms sales, weapons as foreign aid, and the political economy of military technology. https://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=1641 BUY THE BOOKS: "To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice," by Bruce L. Benson, with a foreword by Marvin E. Wolfgang https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=21 "The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions," edited by Edward J. López, with a foreword by Robert D. Tollison https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=86 "The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society," edited by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon and Alexander T. Tabarrok, with a foreword by Paul Johnson https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=17 "Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime," edited by Alexander T. Tabarrok, with a foreword by Charles H. Logan https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=20 "The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State," by Bruce L. Benson https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=92 INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE: WEBSITE: http://www.independent.org MEMBERSHIP: https://secure.independent.org/donate/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/independentinst TWITTER: http://twitter.com/independentinst YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/independentinstitute SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/the-independent-institute THINKSPOT: https://www.thinkspot.com/forum_type/independent-institute/author/bDotej/author/bDotej
Unbiased America — with Abigail R. Hall
Unbiased America welcomes Abigail Hall of the Independent Institute and the University of Tampa. Dr. Hall’s research has explored women's issues, domestic police militarization, weapons as foreign aid, and the political economy of military technology. Check out such great articles by Dr. Hall as “Mandated Leave: The Price We Pay For Someone Else’s Children,” and “The Drinking Age: Won’t Someone Think of the Children?!”
Income Inequality & Wealth | Abby Hall Blanco on Stossel
John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business Network) talks to Research Fellow Abigail Hall Blanco about income inequality and wealth in the United States. This segment is part of the "Stossel" TV Show, aired on November 18, 2016. http://www.foxbusiness.com/shows/stossel.html Abigail R. Hall Blanco is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Tampa. She received her Ph.D. from George Mason University. http://bit.ly/1TfYq8c