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Professor Bruce Linster

Professor of Economics

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Dr. Bruce Linster
Contact Information

(719) 333-8732



I started out as a child in Illinois. I am married and we have three children and three grandchildren so far.


PhD, Economics, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (1990)

Master of Arts, Applied Economics, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (1976)

Bachelor of Science, Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1975)

Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1998-present)

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1994-1998)

Assistant Professor,  Department of Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1990-1994)

Instructor, Department of Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy (1983-1985)

USAF C/WC-130 Pilot (1976-1983, 1985-1987)

Honors & Awards

William Heiser Senior FacultyTeaching Award (2004)

Carnegie Foundation Colorado Professor of the Year (2003)

McDermott Research Award (1996)

Distinguished Graduate, USAF Squadron Officer School (1980)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Economic Methodology

History of Economic Thought


Refereed Articles:

“Evolutionary stability in the infinitely repeated prisoners' dilemma played by two-state Moore machines,”Southern Economic Journal, 1992, 880-903.

“Stackelberg rent-seeking.” Public Choice 77 (2), 1993, 307-321

“A generalized model of rent-seeking behavior.” Public Choice 77 (2), 1993, 421-435.

“A rent-seeking model of international competition and alliances,” Defence and Peace Economics 4 (3), 213-226.

“Cooperative rent-seeking.” Public Choice 81 (1), 1994, 23-31.

“Stochastic Evolutionary Dynamics in the Repeated Prisoners’ Dilemma.” Economic Inquiry 32 (2), 1994, 342-357.

“Income tax compliance and evasion: A graphical approach.” Southern Economic Journal, 1997, 788-796.
“An evolutionary explanation for rotten kids.” Economic Inquiry 36 (1), 1998, 98-107.

“Acquisition reform: Theory and experimental evidence for tournament sponsors,” with R. L. Fullerton, M. McKee, and S. Slate. Acquisition Review Quarterly, Spring 1999, 169-178.

“An experimental investigation of research tournaments,” with R. Fullerton and M. McKee, Economic Inquiry 37 (4), 1999, 624-636.
“Rent-seeking models of international competition: An experimental investigation,” with R. L. Fullerton, M. McKee, and S. Slate, Defence and Peace Economics 12 (4), 2001, 285-302.

“Using auctions to reward tournament winners: Theory and experimental investigations,” with R. L. Fullerton, M. McKee, and S. Slate, RAND Journal of Economics, 2002, 62-84.

“Consolidation of the US defense industrial base: Impact on research expenditures,” with S. Slate and R. L. Waller. Acquisition Review Quarterly Spring 2002, 143-150.

“Auctions in defense acquisition: Theory and experimental evidence,” with R. D. Mullin. Acquisition Review Quarterly Summer 2002, 213-223.
“The evolution of fuzzy rules as strategies in two-player games,” with J. E. West. Southern Economic Journal, 2003, 705-717.


Complete solutions for Ken Binmore's” Fun and games,” 1992, Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.

Book Chapters:

“Cooperative rent-seeking” in Efficient rent-seeking, (1991), A. A. Lockhard and G. Tullock, eds, 257-268.

“Space and the economy,” in Space and Defense Policy, (2009) D. Coletta and F. T. Pilch, eds,51-63.

Book Reviews:

“Review: Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us by James T. Bennett, Thomas J. DiLorenzo,” Public Choice 76 (3), 1993, 298-300.
“Game theory and the social contract, vol. 1 by K. Binmore,” Public Choice 83, (3-4), 1995, 390-392.

“Artificial intelligence frontiers in statistics, ed. by D. J. Hand: London, Chapman and Hall, 1993. Southern Economic Journal 62 (3), 811-812.

“Ken Binmore, Just playing. Game theory and the social contract, Vol. 2,” Public Choice 102 (1), 2000, 170-173.

“Review: Darwinian Politics: the Evolutionary Origin of Freedom by Paul H. Rubin,” Southern Economic Journal 70 (2), 2003, 437-439.

Other Publications:

“Voting as a social choice mechanism,” USAFA Journal of Legal Studies 3, 1992, 125-134,