Public Choice Interpretations of American Economic History

Table of Contents

List of Contributors							 vii

Acknowledgments 							  xi 

1. 	Introduction
	Jac C. Heckelman, John C. Moorhouse and Robert Whaples	           1

2. 	Public Goods and Private Interests: An Explanation for State 
	Compliance with Federal Requisitions, 1777-1789
	Keith L. Dougherty						  11

3. 	State Constitutional Reform and the Structure of Government Finance 
	in the Nineteenth Century
	John J. Wallis							  33

4. 	Property Rights in the American West: The Tragedy of the Commons 
	or the Tragedy of Transactions Costs
	Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill				  53

5. 	Did the Trusts Want a Federal Antitrust Law? An Event Study of 
	State Antitrust Enforcement and Passage of the Sherman Act
	Werner Troesken							  77

6. 	New Deal Spending and the States: The Politics of Public Works
	Jim F. Couch and William F. Shughart II				 105

7. 	Public Choice and the Success of Government-Sponsored Cartels: 
	The Different Experience of New Deal Agricultural and Industrial 
	Barbara J. Alexander and Gary D. Libecap			 123

8. 	Federal Reserve Membership and the Banking Act of 1935: An 
	Application to the Theory of Clubs
	Jac C. Heckelman and John H. Wood				 147

9. 	Local Liquor Control from 1934 to 1970
	Koleman S. Strumpf and Felix Oberholzer-Gee			 163

Index									 181