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About Fred E. Foldvary

Fred E. Foldvary received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has taught economics at the Latvian University of Agriculture, Virginia Tech, John F. Kennedy University, California State University East Bay, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University, and currently at San Jose State University.
Foldvary is the author of The Soul of LibertyPublic Goods and Private CommunitiesDictionary of Free Market Economics . He edited and contributed to Beyond Neoclassical Economics and, with Dan Klein, The Half-Life of Policy Rationales.
Foldvary's areas of research include public finance, governance, ethical philosophy, and land economics.


2006 - Present Lecturer, San Jose State University Economics
1998 - 2012 Lecturer, Santa Clara University ‐ Economics

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

1997 - Present Weekly Editorial Writer, The Progress Report
2005 - 2012 Co-Director, Civil Society Institute, Santa Clara University
1981 - 1987 Magazine Editor, Tropical Time
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Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Student (U.C. Berkeley)
  • Atlas Foundation's Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for Public Goods and Private Communities, 1995
  • First-place winner, doctoral dissertation, 1992, Community Associations Institute Research Foundation's Award of Excellence.


  • Labor Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Law and Economics
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Public Finance (Graduate)
  • Public Finance (Undergraduate)


1992 Ph.D., George Mason University ‐ Department of Economics
1990 Master of Arts, George Mason University ‐ Department of Economics
1970 B.A., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Economics and Computer Science

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Books Authored (8)

Academic Journal Articles (33)