Gregory W. Caskey

Applied Microeconomics, Economic Development, & Political Economy


My research areas include applied microeconomics, economic development, institutional economics, and public choice. I investigate questions aimed at understanding the conditions that contribute to (as well as interrupt) economic development, social coordination, and human flourishing. My dissertation research investigates the role of China in the developing world, with particular focus upon: (1) The economic and political impacts of Chinese development flows; and, (2) The political economy of China's domestic ethnic policies in Xinjiang.  Methodologically, I rely upon both quantitative and qualitative methods, as these approaches are complements, not substitutes. 

Journal Articles 
Book Reviews
Under Review 
  • Individualism, Economic Freedom, and Charitable Giving, with Meina Cai, Nick Cowen, Ilia Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, Raufhon Salahodjaev (R & R, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)
  • The Predatory State and Coercive Assimilation: The Case of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang (with I. Murtazashvili)
Working Papers
  • Chinese Overseas Lending & the Amplification Effect
  • Knowledge, Adaptability, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
  • The Ostroms in Beijing (with M. Cai, W. Law, W. Lin, I. Murtazashvili, and J. Murtazashvili)
  • Trails of Tears: The Political Economy of Cultural Assimilation (with A. Crepelle, W. Law, and I. Murtazashvili)
  • Respect the Troops: A Theory of Social Praise (with C. Reilly and P. Leeson)
Works in Progress
  • Repression and International Trade: An Analysis of Chinese Trade Volume with Islamic Countries (with J. Callais & L. Peng)
  • Economic Freedom in Economic History (with V. Geloso)