My research agenda can be broadly interpreted as falling within the fields of political economy, law and economics, and development economics. The tools I use in my work are those of applied microeconomics, with a strong quantitative emphasis but also appreciative of qualitative evidence, and of agent based modeling.

The primary focus of my research is on the economics of illicit behaviors, and specifically on the topics of exchange institutions in the Internet black market and the causes and consequences of terrorism. In the tradition of Virginia Political Economy, my work focuses on individual behavior and institutions in non-market settings. The political economy of regulation, international conflict, and the family are my main topics of interest.  What drives my passion for economics is the further understanding of the necessary conditions of human flourishing. 

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Academic Publications 

Harold Walbert, James L. Caton and Julia R. Norgaard. 2018. “Countries as Agents in a Global-Scale Computational Model. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

Julia R. Norgaard, Harold Walbert, and R. August Hardy. 2018. “Shadow Markets and Hierarchies:  Comparing and Modeling Networks in the Dark Net.” Journal of Institutional Economics.

Julia R. Norgaard and R. August Hardy. 2015. “Reputation in the Internet black market;  an empirical and theoretical analysis of the Deep Web.”  Journal of Institutional Economics.


Other Publications

Julia R. Norgaard. 2016. “Modeling the Propensity to Default on Microfinance Loans in Mali, Africa.” Journal of George Mason Graduate Research. Volume 3, Issue 2. 


Working Papers

Julia R. Norgaard. 2018. “Trust Development and Self-Enforcing Exchange in Anonymous Internet Markets.” – Revise and Resubmit Review of Behavioral Economics.

Julia R. Norgaard. 2018. “The Political Economy of the Peace Corps.” – Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Private Enterprise.

R. August Hardy, Julia Norgaard, and Eric Zuehsow. 2018. “Licensing and Regulation Impacts on Post-Disaster Recovery.” – Under Review.

Jayme S. Lemke and Julia Norgaard. 2018. “Club Women and the Provision of Local Public Goods.”          

Julia R. Norgaard and Ennio E. Piano. 2018. “Put your money where your mouth is:  Measuring the Value of Voice.”

Julia R. Norgaard and Ennio E. Piano. 2018. “The Decline of the Court Martial in the United States.”

Julia R. Norgaard, Ryan Safner, and Vlad Tarko. 2017. “A Structural Analysis of Regulatory Capitalism.”

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