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October 30, 2020
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Abby Hall Blanco

We are delighted to announce that Abby Hall Blanco will be speaking at this year’s THINK conference.

Abby Hall Blanco is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. She is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a non-partisan research and educational think tank based out of Oakland, California and an affiliated scholar with the Foundation for Economic Education. She earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA in 2015. She graduated with a B.A. in economics and business administration with an additional concentration in mathematics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Her broader research interests include Austrian Economics, Political Economy and Public Choice, Defense and Peace Economics, and Institutions and Economic Development. Her work includes topics surrounding the U.S. military and national defense, including, domestic police militarization, arm sales, weapons as foreign aid, the cost of military mobilization, and the political economy of military technology. Dr. Blanco has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her popular press pieces have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Washington Times, US News and World Report, among other outlets. She is currently working on a book with her coauthor, Chris Coyne, exploring how foreign intervention adversely impacts domestic political, social, and other institutions. The book is scheduled to be released in 2017 with Stanford University Press.


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