Reading Material, 2010 Freedom and Transition
Tanja Stumberger, 22 Aug 2010

Participants are expected to attend all sessions and to engage critically with the readings and the issues that are discussed. Seminar’s approach is based on active participation of the participants. The participants are therefore expected to read the corresponding readings:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Discussion: Liberal, Classical Liberal, Libertarian? by Tanja Štumberger
- The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, pp: 295-307.

Discussion: Carriers of Change: Entrepreneurs and Market Process by Matija Žepič
- Ludwig von Mises, “The Impossibility of Economic Calculation under Socialism,” in Human Action (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998), pp: 703-715.

Discussion: The Rule of Law, Property Rights and the Free Society by Ben Stafford
- Frederic Bastiat, The Law (FEE: 1998).

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Lecture: The Relevance of Adam Smith for Contemporary Classical Liberalism by Bernard Brščič
- Donald Winch, “Adam Smith: Scottish Moral Philosopher as Political Economist,” in The Historical Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1. (Mar., 1992), pp. 91-113.

Lecture: Markets and Morality by Bernard Brščič
- Jesús Huerta de Soto, “The Ethics of Capitalism,” Journal of Markets & Morality 2, 2 (Fall 1999), pp: 150-63.

Friday, September 24, 2010
Discussion: Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: Facts and Lessons by Primož Kocuvan
- Mićo Mrkaić in Rado Pezdir, “Transition and Political Markets: Post-War German versus Post-Socialist Slovenian Reconstruction,” in Economic Affairs, Vol. 27, Issue 4 (December 2007), pp. 58-64.
- Steve Pejovich, “Understanding the Transaction Costs of Transition: It's the Culture, Stupid,” in The Review of Austrian Economics, Volume 16, Number 4 (December 2003).

Discussion: Judiciary, Rule of Law and the Free Society by Katarina Zajc
- Robert M. Sherwood, Geoffrey Shepherd and Celso Marcos De Souza, “Judicial Systems and Economic Performance,” in The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 34, Supplement 1 (1994): pp. 101-116.
- Simeon Djankov, Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes and Andrei Shleifer, “Courts: The Lex Mundi Project,” in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 118, No. 2 (May 2003).

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Discussion: Tax Incidence: the Mainstream vs. Austrian Theory by Ivica Urban
- Stephen J. Enthin, Tax Incidence, Tax Burden, and Tax Shifting: Who Really Pays the Tax?(2004).
- Murray N. Rothbard, "Binary Intervention: Taxation," in Power and Market: Government and the Economy (1970), pp: 1149-91.

Discussion: Institutions and Economic Development by Ružica Šimić
- John Nye, “Institutions and the Institutional Environment,” in New Institutional Economics: A Guidebook, edited by E. Brousseau and J.-M. Glachant, (Cambridge University Press: 2008), pp: 67-80.
- Dani Rodrik, “Getting Institutions Right,” in One Economics, Many Recipes (Princeton University: 2007), pp: 184-192.

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Discussion: Institutional Change in Transition Countries by Ružica Šimić
- Douglass C. North, The Contribution of the New Institutional Economics to an Understanding of the Transition Problem, WIDER Annual Lectures I (UNU-WIDER: March 1997).
- William Easterly, “Design and Reform of Institutions in LDCs: Institutions: Top Down or Bottom Up?” in American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 98:2 (2008), pp: 95–99.

Discussion: Tax Incidence in Practice by Ivica Urban
- Arnold C. Harberger, Corporate and Consumption Tax Incidence in an Open Economy (1994).
- Ivica Urban, Some Characteristics of the “Boat Tax” in Croatia (2009).



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