David Skarbek

Book Reviews 

Review of The Partisan Politics of Law and Order, by Georg Wenzelburger. A Critical Dialogue in Perspectives on Politics, 2021

Review of Competing for Control: Gangs and the Social Order of Prisons, by David C. Pyrooz & Scott H. Decker Punishment & Society, 2020

Review of WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird, by Peter T. Leeson Public Choice2018

Review of ​Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail, by Marcus Rediker Journal of Economic History​, 2014

Review of The Modern Prison Paradox: Politics, Punishments, and Social Community, by Amy E. Lerman  Public Choice, 2014

Review Essay of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain's Failing Prisons, by Vicky Pryce Economic Affairs, 2014

Review of Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories, by Federico Varese Public Choice, 2012

Book chapters & Other Writings

Comparative Approaches to the Study of Prison Gangs and Prison Order (with K Woltz)

The Oxford Handbook of Gangs and Society, 2024.

Analytical Narratives and Institutional Analysis

Essays in Honor of Peter Boettke, 2020.

​Prisoner's Law

Legal Systems Very Different From Ours, 2019

Varieties of Prison Social Order: Extra-legal Governance Behind Bars
The Political Economist Newsletter, Fall

Self-Governance, Property Rights, and Illicit Commerce

Research Handbook on Austrian Law & Economics, 2017  

Prison Gangs (with  D. Freire)  

Handbook of Corrections in the United States, 2017

Polycentrism and Prison Gangs (with A. Marcum)

The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, 2012

Restricting Reconstruction: Occupational Licensing and Natural Disasters 

The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound, 2010 

Adam's Apple: Using Johnny Appleseed to Teach the Invisible Hand' (with J. Hall) 

Expanding Teaching and Learning Horizons in Economic Education, 2009


The Political Economy of Criminal Governance

Public Choice, 2024

Vigilantism and Institutions: Understanding Attitudes toward Lynching in Brazil

[w D Freire]

Research and Politics, 2023

​Analytic Narratives in Political Economy
[with E. Skarbek]

History of Political Economy, 2023

The Organization of Danish Gangs: A Transaction Cost Approach

[with S. Sløk-Madsen, A. Hansen, and A. Rezaei]

Trends in Organized Crime, 2021

​The Evolution of Norms within a Society of Captives

[with C. Seagren]

Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 2021

Institutional Design and Elite Support for Climate Policies: Evidence from Latin American Countries 

[with D. Freire and U. Mignozzetti]

Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2021 

Qualitative Research Methods for Institutional Analysis. 

Journal of Institutional Economics, 2020

  • Shortlisted, 2021 Elinor Ostrom Prize, World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research
  • Winner, SDAE Prize for the Best Article in Austrian Economics 2020
  • ​The journal published three comments in response: Peter T. Leeson, Claude Ménard, and Mary M. Shirley

The Decline and Rise of Institutions 

[with Liya Palagashvili and E. Piano] 

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Elements, 2017

Covenants without the Sword? Comparing Prison Self-Governance Globally 

American Political Science Review, 2016

Criminal Rituals 

[with P. Wang]

Global Crime, 2015

Prison Gangs and the Community Responsibility System 

[with M. Garrett Roth] 

Review of Behavioral Economics, 2014

The Effect of Prison Gang Membership on Recidivism 

[with B. Dooley and A. Seals] 

Journal of Criminal Justice, 2014

Why Didn't Slaves Revolt More Often During the Middle Passage? 

[with A. Marcum] 

Rationality & Society, 2014

The Governance Institutions of a Drug Trafficking Organization 

[with J. Kostelnik] 

Public Choice, 2013 

The Industrial Organization of Street Gangs 

[with R. Sobel]  

Journal of Gang Research, 2012

Anarchy, Groups, and Conflict: An Experiment on the Emergence of Protective Associations 

[with A. Smith and B. Wilson] 

Social Choice & Welfare, 2012

Prison Gangs, Norms, and Organizations 

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2012

  • Winner, Emerald Citations of Excellence 2015
  • ​Winner, FEE Prize for Best Article in Austrian Economics 2013

Sweatshops, Opportunity Costs, and Non-Monetary Compensation: Evidence from El Salvador 

[with Skarbek et al] 

American Journal of Economics & Sociology, 2012

Governance and Prison Gangs 

American Political Science Review, 2011

  • Reprinted in The Economics of Governance (ed. Donald Wittman) Edward Elgar Publisher, 2017. 
  • Reprinted in Transnational Organized Crime (ed. James Sheptycki) Sage Publications, 2014.
  • ​Discussed on Marginal Revolution

Putting the "Con" into Constitutions: The Economics of Prison Gangs 

The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 2010

Criminal Constitutions 

[with P. Leeson] 

Global Crime, 2010

Self-Governance in San Pedro Prison 

The Independent Review, 2010

Sweatshops Wages and Third World Living Standards: Are the Jobs Worth the Sweat? 

[with B. Powell] 

Journal of Labor Research, 2006