Economist; university professor. Born– June 4, 1950, in Bridgeport, Conn. Parents– L. M. and R. E. (Ledbetter) Holcombe. Education– University of Florida, B.S., 1972; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, M.A., 1974; Ph.D., 1976. Employed by Center for Naval Analysis, 1973-1975; taught at Texas A & M University, 1975-1977; Auburn University, 1977-88; Florida State University, 1988- . Earhart Foundation Fellow, 1979, 1980, and 1983. Worked on staff of Senator William Brock of Tennessee, 1974. Member, Public Choice Society, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.  Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, 2000-2006.  Senior Fellow, James Madison Institute. Awarded Ludwig von Mises Prize, 1992; Undergraduate Teaching Award, FSU, 1994.


Contemporary Authors online


An Economic Analysis of Democracy. Carbondale, Ill.; Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.

Economic Foundations of Government.  New York City: Macmillan, 1994.

The Economic Impact of an Interruption in United States Petroleum Imports, 1975-2000. Springfield, Va.; National Technical Information Service, 1974.

Economic Models and Methodology.  Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1989
Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress.  Routledge, 2006.

From Liberty to Democracy:  The Transformation of American Government.  University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Public Finance and the Political Process. Carbondale, Ill.; Southern Illinois University Press, 1983.

Public Finance:  Government Revenues and Expenditures in the United States Economy.  St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1996.

Public Policy and the Quality of Life.  Greenwood Press, 1995.

Public Sector Economics. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1988.

Writing off Ideas:  Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America.  Transaction Publishers, 2000.


Growth and Variability in State Tax Revenue:  An Anatomy of State Fiscal Crises.  Greenwood Press, 1997.


Smarter Growth:  Market-based Strategies for Land-Use Planning in the 21st Century.  Greenwood Press, 2001.