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Will Dave Brat Do More Damage in Academia than in Congress?

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Brat to Liberty University… to be dean of the business school. I’ve been curious about what Brat’s writings were ever since I heard him speak (after all, at the time he was the only Ph.D economist in Congress, as far as I know). Here are his works (with Google Scholar citation counts; SSCI counts are usually less): “A global Kuznets curve?”WG Park and, DA Brat – Kyklos, 1995 – Cited by 58 “Cross-country R&D and growth: Variations on a theme of Mankiw-Romer-Weil,” WG Park, DA Brat – Eastern Economic Journal, 1996 Cited by 11 “Explaining College Freshman Retention Rates across the US with Applications to Schools in Virginia,” CB Pfitzner, D Brat, S Lang – Virginia Social Science Journal, 2011 Cited by 5 “Inputs and Outputs in Virginia Public Education,” D Brat, S Lang, B Pfitzner –

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Brat to Liberty University

to be dean of the business school.

I’ve been curious about what Brat’s writings were ever since I heard him speak (after all, at the time he was the only Ph.D economist in Congress, as far as I know). Here are his works (with Google Scholar citation counts; SSCI counts are usually less):

“A global Kuznets curve?”
WG Park and, DA Brat – Kyklos, 1995 – Cited by 58

“Cross-country R&D and growth: Variations on a theme of Mankiw-Romer-Weil,” WG Park, DA Brat – Eastern Economic Journal, 1996 Cited by 11

“Explaining College Freshman Retention Rates across the US with Applications to Schools in Virginia,” CB Pfitzner, D Brat, S Lang – Virginia Social Science Journal, 2011 Cited by 5


“Inputs and Outputs in Virginia Public Education,” D Brat, S Lang, B Pfitzner – Virginia Economic Journal, 1998 Cited by 2

“Explaining SOL Variation Across Virginia School Districts: A Preliminary Analysis,”
D Brat, CB Pfitzner – The Teacher Educators Journal, 2001 Cited by 2

“God and Advanced Mammon—Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” D Brat – Interpretation, 2011
Cited by 2

Upon winning in 2014, Brat touted his academic resume, and on policy issues mentioned the TARP legislation as an abandonment of Republican principles, and opposed immigration reforms as amnesty. If you want to read in plain english Brat’s political economy worldview, go to this 2017 interview. Here’s Tyler Cowen’s take from four years ago.

Given that Brat supported the “s***hole” countries ban, opposed TARP, supported repeal of ACA, supports Trump’s trade war against China, my guess is he’ll do less damage out of Congress. Especially if he is no longer “writing” papers.

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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