Gabriel Benzecry — Economics Ph.D. Job Market Candidate

Gabriel Benzecry

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Gabriel Benzecry is a Ph.D. candidate and research fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute at MTSU. He currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, teaching Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. His research interest lies at the intersection of historical political economy and intellectual history. Originally from Manaus, Brazil, he moved to the U.S. in 2016 to pursue his undergraduate education. He earned his B.A. in Economics at Wake Forest University in 2020 and his M.A. in Economics at MTSU in 2021. He previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Wake Forest University School of Law.


  • Ph.D. Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, Expected May 2023
  • M.A. Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, 2020-2021
  • B.A. Economics (cum laude), Wake Forest University, 2016-2020

Research Interests

Historical Political Economy, History of Ideas, Philosophy of Social Sciences

Research Experience

  • Business & Economic Research Center, Graduate Research Assistant, 2021
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Research Assistant, 2018-2020

Teaching Experience

  • Principles of Macroeconomics, Middle Tennessee State University, Fall 2022
  • Principles of Microeconomics, Middle Tennessee State University, Scheduled Spring 2023

Journal Articles

  • [2] “Power to the People? Lobbying for Labor rights in Brazil’s National Constituent Assembly.” The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming).
  • [1] “The Political Thought of José Osvaldo de Meira Penna.” Journal of Libertarian Studies (forthcoming).

Book Chapters

Smith, Daniel J., Alexander Fink, and Gabriel F. Benzecry. (work in progress). “The rise of merchant networks and private enterprise in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Oxford University Handbook of Private Enterprise.

Popular Publications

Nashville street vendors are not a blight to the city; they are entrepreneurs,” with (Daniel J. Smith). The Tennessean. Aug. 11, 2022

 Articles Under Review

  • "The King’s Gambit: Rationalizing the Fall of the Templars" with Marcus Shera
  • "Friedrich List and the Methuen Treaty"
  • "The Wisdom of Classical Political Economy in Economics: Incorporated or Lost?" with Daniel J. Smith

Working Papers

  • "Can Criminals be Benevolent?" with Henry A. Thompson
  • "Not-So-Spontaneous Socialization Outcomes of Spontaneous Family Structures" with Daniel J. Smith
  • "You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Chains? Re-examining the Hayek-Friedman Hypothesis" with Nicholas A. Reinarts and Daniel J. Smith


  • Midwest Institutes Conference, 2022
  • Building on the Intellectual Contributions of Steven Horwitz, 2022
  • Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, 2022
  • Association of Private Enterprise Education Annual Meeting, 2022
  • Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, 2022
  • Southern Economic Association, 2021
  • Doktorandenseminar zur Erneuerung der Ordnungsökonomik at University of Erfurt, 2021
  • Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, 2021                   

Grants, Honors and Awards

  • Political Economy Research Institute Ph.D. Fellowship, 2020-2024
  • Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom Colloquium Honorarium, 2022
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative, 2022
  • APEE Young Scholars Program, 2022
  • Don Lavoie Fellowship, 2021
  • Public Choice Society Student Fellowship, 2021
  • International Merit Scholarship, 2020
  • Eudaimonia Institute Allison Scholar, 2018-2020

Professional Development and Enhancement Programs

  • Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Summer Institute, 2022
  • Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom at SMU Cox School of Business Graduate Colloquium, 2022                                                              
  • Business History Society Doctoral Workshop, 2022
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Webinar Responses in Times of Crisis: Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy, 2021
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Center for Economic Education Teaching Free Enterprise Webinar, 2021
  • The Institute of Humane Studies Discussion Colloquium, Foundations of Civil Society, 2021
  • Center for Free Enterprise at West Virginia University Summer Empirical Workshop, 2020


  • Computer: Proficient in RStudio and STATA
  • Language: Fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish