Education, Liberty, and the State: The Evolution of American Public Education


In this conference we brought public choice insights to bear on the evolution of the public education system in the United States, culminated with an exploration of contemporary reform efforts.


From Liberty Fund

A Maverick’s Defense of Freedom

by By Benjamin A. Rogge
Edited and with an Introduction by Dwight R. Lee

This new collection of fifty-three essays, many of which have never before been published, gathers some of Benjamin Rogge’s most interesting talks and writings spanning a vast array of topics including the case for individual liberty and responsibility in maintaining the free-market economy, the nature of economics, the business system,…

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Additional Readings

Henderson, David R., eds. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2008. (accessed ).

Berry, Christopher. “School Inflation: Did the 20th-Century Growth in School Size Improve Education?” Education Next 4, no. 4 (2004): 56-62.

Brandl, John E, “Governance and Educational Quality” In Learning From School Choice, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1998. 55-81.

Brunner, Eric and Jon Sonstelie. “Homeowners, Property Values, and the Political Economy of the School Voucher.” Journal of Urban Economics 54, no. 2 (March 2003): 239-257.

Church, Robert and Michael W. Sedlak. Education in the United States: An Interpretive History. New York: The Free Press, 1976.

Conant, James B. “Some Problems of the American High School.” The Phi Delta Kappan 40, no. 2 (1958): 50-55.

Cubberley, Ellwood P. Public Education in the United States: A Study and Interpretation of American Educational History. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.

Fischel, William A. Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Hayek, Friedrich A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 4 (September 1945): 519-530.

Hess, Frederick. “The Supply Side of School Reform.” Phi Delta Kappan 90, no. 3 (November 2008): 211-217.

Hoxby, Caroline. “Introduction.” The Economics of School Choice (January 2003): 1-22.

Kenny, Lawrence W. and Amy B. Schmidt. “The Decline in the Number of School Districts in the U.S.: 1950-1980.” Public Choice 79, no. 1-1 (1994): 1-18.

Mann, Horace. Lectures and Annual Reports on Education. Cambridge: George C. Rand and Avery, 1967.

Tullock, Gordon. The Selected Works of Gordon Tullock, Volume 1: Virginia Political Economy. Edited by Charles K. Rowley. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004.

Vedder, Richard. Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?. Oakland: Independent Institute, 2000.