Robert K. Fleck is Professor of Economics at Clemson University. His main fields of interest include political economy, public finance, economic history, law and economics, and development economics. Much of his current research focuses on the causes and consequences of major political and economic transitions and on why only some countries adopt successful political and economic reforms. Before moving to Clemson, he was Professor of Economics at Montana State University. Fleck has been a Julian Simon Fellow (2005) and Lone Mountain Fellow (2013) at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), and a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution (2010-11). Fleck received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University.