Douglas Bruce Rogers, Ph.D.


Dr. Rogers graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics in 2007 from West Virginia University. He was the recipient of graduate fellowships from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and the E.B. Earhart Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2011 from George Mason University, where he was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Austrian Economics for his “Organizing Crime: Towards a Theory of the Criminal Firm.”


Douglas was a research scholar of great insight, with working affiliations that included the Foundation for Economic Education, the Koch Foundation, Citizens Against Government Waste, The Freeman, and the Cato Institute. As a Ph.D. candidate, he served as research assistant for Dr. Peter Leeson’s award winning book, The Invisible Hook. Doug’s publications include: his contribution for the Adam Smith Institute’s The Beginner’s Guide to Liberty, entitled, “Why Government Fails,” written in conjunction with Dr. Peter Boettke; his online book review of Peter Ubel’s Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is At Odds with Economics And Why It Matters; and his collaborative experimental economics investigation written with Dr. Adam Smith of Johnson and Wales University and Dr. Bart Wilson of the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University, entitled “Violence, Access, and Competition in the Market for Protection,” published in the European Journal of Political Economics. Dr. Rogers’s “Organizing Crime,” published posthumously with Peter Leeson, appeared in Supreme Court Economic Review in 2012 and grew out of his dissertation research.

Doug Rogers was an extremely gifted and passionate economist who loved life and lived his with inspirational enthusiasm, humor, honesty, and humility. 

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