PhD George Mason University, 2015
Professor Cavender received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He holds an M.A. in economics also from George Mason, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Missouri State University. His research interests are emergent order and the economics of anarchy, including economic development, law and economics, and monetary theory. His dissertation examines the institutions that enable economic exchange in stateless online virtual societies. Professor Cavender is currently working on projects that investigate how property rights are protected in sectors of the global economy where government is absent.