In memoriam: Gebhard Kirchgässner (April 15, 1948–April 1, 2017)

In memoriam: Gebhard Kirchgässner (April 15, 1948–April 1, 2017) Public Choice (2017) 172:305–310 DOI 10.1007/s11127-017-0453-9 COMMISSIO N ED EDITORI A L C OMMENTARY In memoriam: Gebhard Kirchga¨ssner (April 15, 1948–April 1, 2017) Lars P. Feld Received: 24 April 2017 / Accepted: 26 April 2017 / Published online: 10 May 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 Public choice reasoning applies the economic model of human behavior to non-market, especially political, decision-making. When Buchanan and Tullock published the Calculus of Consent in 1962, they had already written several papers on the public choice paradigm. It took nearly another 10 years before their ideas spilled over into Europe. In 1971, Peter Bernholz, Bruno S. Frey, Elisabeth Liefmann-Keil and Gordon Tullock established the European Public Choice Society (EPCS). The school founded by Bruno Frey has since been in the core of the EPCS. Early members of the Zurich (Frey) school of Public Choice were Beat Blankart, the late Werner Pommerehne, Friedrich Schneider and the late Gebhard Kirchga ¨ssner. After studying economics at the University of Konstanz, where he also finished his PhD and his habilitation, along with a post-doctoral position at the ETH Zurich, Kirchga ¨ssner was Professor of Economics, in particular Public Economics, at the University of Osnabru ¨ ck Public Choice Springer Journals

In memoriam: Gebhard Kirchgässner (April 15, 1948–April 1, 2017)

Public Choice , Volume 172 (4) – May 10, 2017

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