About Us

The Wyoming Center for Political Economy is a blog about economic policy, primarily in Wyoming, secondarily in the rest of the country. It is run by me, Sven R Larson, a Ph.D. political economist from Cheyenne. I am originally from Sweden, I moved here to the United States in 2002, and I have been a resident of Wyoming for ten years. 

This blog started as an effort to create a new think tank. However, funding failed short and that project was scrapped. The support I got was encouraging enough, though, to continue the efforts in a scaled-down format, which for now is this blog. I am considering future options for expanding the work. 

You can also find more comprehensive articles on broader political and economic issues at my  blog Larson's Political Economy. I also publish regularly in peer-review journals, I present papers at academic conferences and I publish a book about once every four years. See below for more of my writings.


o   The Rise of Big Government: How Egalitarianism Conquered America; Routledge, Abingdon, UK (2018)
o   Industrial Poverty: Yesterday Sweden, Today Europe, Tomorrow America; Gower Publishing, London, UK (2014)
o  Remaking America: Welcome to the Dark Side of the Welfare State; iUniverse (2010)

Articles and research papers:
o   Preventing A U.S. Fiscal Crisis: An Experiment in Political Economy; Journal of Management Policy and Practice, forthcoming Spring 2019.
o   Fiscal Crisis in America, Parts 1 and 2; on the risk for a U.S. Greek-style fiscal crisis; Prosperitas Studies, Center for Freedom and Prosperity
o   Fiscal Monetarism: Theory and Practice of the European Stability and Growth Pact; presented at Forum for Economists International annual conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 26-27, 2018
o   Redistribution and Economic Decline; presented at Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference, Rockville, MD, October 2017
o   Paid Family Leave: Egalitarian Victory, Conservative Surrender – And a Budget Disaster; Hill City Skunkworks White Paper, August 2017.
o   Balancing the Budget: Can the Swiss Debt Brake End Endless U.S. Deficits? Journal of Governance and Regulation, Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2016)
o   Is Life after the Welfare State Possible? Journal of Insurance and Financial Management, Vol. 2, No. 7 (2016); also presented at WINIR conference, Boston, MA, Sept. 2016

Other publications:
o   Robbing the Millennials: How We Looted Our Kids’ Future and the New Handshake We Owe Them, ebook available in all electronic formats
o   The Structured Exit; Three papers on spending reform in Wyoming:
o   The case for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: Discussion papers for Compact for America Council of Scholars:

o   Blog articles: Center for Freedom and Prosperity

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