Lee J. Alston
is Professor of Economics and Director of the Program on Environment and Society at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been President of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics and a member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Economic History
and Explorations in Economic History
; the Review Panel for the Economics Program at the National Science Foundation; and the Board of Advisors for the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute.
Professor Alston received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, and he has been Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College and Professor of Economics, Political Science and the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, where he was Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research. He has also been a Professor at the U.S. Business School in Prague and a Visiting Professor at the: University of Washington; University of California-Davis; Australian National University; Stockholm School of Economics; and University of Paris I -The Sorbonne. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Research Group on Political Institutions and Economic Policy at Harvard University.
His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and his books include Paternalism and the American Welfare State: Economics, Politics, and Institutions in the U.S. South, 1865-1965; Titles, Conflict, and Land Use: The Development of Property Rights and Land Reform on the Brazilian Amazon Frontier; Empirical Studies in Institutional Change; Australia's Greatest Asset: Human Resources in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
; and Costs of Contracting and the Decline of Tenancy in the South, 1930-1960