Economist; university professor. Born– June 4, 1950, in Bridgeport, Conn. Parents– L. M. and R. E. (Ledbetter) Holcombe.  Married–Lora Hunt Pritchett, June 18, 1983. 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- . Published numerous articles in professional journals; served in multiple editorial positions. Earhart Foundation Fellow, 1979, 1980, and 1983. Research Fellow, Independent Institute;  Senior Fellow, James Madison Institute. Worked on staff of Senator William Brock of Tennessee, 1974; member of Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, 2000-2006. Member, Public Choice Society, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.  Awarded Ludwig von Mises Prize, 1992; Undergraduate Teaching Award, FSU, 1994.


Contemporary Authors online; FSU website


Advanced Introduction to the Austrian School of Economics.  Northampton, Mass.:  Cheltenham, 2014.

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

Producing Prosperity: An Inquiry into the Operation of the Market Process.  Routledge

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.

Liberalism and Cronyism.  Arlington:  Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2013.


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