Alexander William Salter joined the faculty of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University in Fall 2015. He is also the Comparative Economics Research Fellow at Texas Tech’s Free Market Institute. Prior to this, he taught at Berry College, in the Campbell School of Business.
He received his B.A. in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics, from Occidental College in 2010. He then attended George Mason University for graduate school, earning his M.A. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2014. He wrote his dissertation, titled “Essays on the Political Economy of Monetary Institutions and Policy,” under Professor Lawrence H. White.
His research interests fall into two categories: monetary institutions and policy, and the economics of governance. His goal in monetary research is to discover monetary regimes that maintain macroeconomic stability, but also adhere to the rule of law, and rely on realistic appraisals of the incentives and information confronting market actors and policymakers. His perspective on monetary economics is heavily influenced by thinkers in the Austrian tradition, such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, as well as the monetary disequilibrium theory of Leland Yeager. His goal in governance research is to discover political regimes in which governors have the information and incentives necessary to promote the welfare of the governed. His perspective on governance is heavily influenced by the Virginia school of political economy, especially the work of James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, as well as recent work in private governance.