Marta Podemska-MikluchFaculty

Schnell Family Chair in Econ-Capital Systems and Associate Professor in Economics and Management and Public Health

Marta’s applied work explores regulatory obstacles to entrepreneurial experimentation in the healthcare industry. Using the analytical approach of entangled political economy, Marta analyzes the role entrepreneurship plays at the intersection of divergent institutional settings.

In 2020, Marta has launched the Entangled Poltical Economy Research Network, which she now directs. EPERN is a network of more than 70 scholars interested in advancing the novel approach of Entangled Political Economy. 

Marta has also founded and coordinates the Workshop in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. The purpose of the workshop is to broaden students' understanding of the connection between entrepreneurship, innovation, individual liberty, and economic growth. 

A firm believer in experiential education, Podemska-Mikluch was a fouding director of the Gustie Entrepreneur Cup, student entrepreneurship competition. Gustie Entrepreneur Cup offers students an opportunity to learn critical thinking and creative problem-solving, test entrepreneurial ideas, and build connections with experienced alumni entrepreneurs. 

Originally from Poland, Podemska-Mikluch earned her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, M.S. in Applied Economics from St. Cloud State University, and B.A. in Political Science also from St. Cloud State. 

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Journal Publications

“Creative Dynamics and the Entangled Political Economy.” Review of Behavioral Economics 8 (1) 2021: 47–71

“Pandemic Politics within a System of Entangled Political Economy.” Journal of Contextual Economics 140, 2020: 87–110 (with Richard E. Wagner)

“Effects of Local, State, and Federal Minimum Wage on Employment Growth among Teenagers in the Restaurant Industry.” International Advances in Economic Research 26, 2020: 89–101 (with Shaun Gilyard '19)

“Inequality, Entanglement, and Entrepreneurship – the Role of Voluntary and Forced Investors.” Cosmos and Taxis 6 (5) 2019: 26 – 30

“FDA-CMS Parallel Review: a Failed Attempt at Spurring Innovation.” Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 8 (4) 2019: 433 – 441

“Understanding Medicare’s Impact on Innovation: A Framework for Policy Reform.” Mercatus Research, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Arlington, VA, 2018

“Economic Coordination across Divergent Institutional Frameworks: Dissolving a Theoretical Antinomy.”Review of Political Economy 29 (2) 2017: 249-266 (with Richard E. Wagner)

“Elections vs. Political Competition: The Case of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.”Review of Austrian Economics 28 (2) 2015: 167–78

“Dyads, Triads, and the Theory of Exchange: Between Liberty and Coercion.” Review of Austrian Economics 26 (2) 2013: 171–82 (with Richard E. Wagner)

“Entangled Political Economy and the Two Faces of Entrepreneurship.” Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice 27 (2-3) 2011: 3–18 (with Richard E. Wagner)


Book Chapters

“Taxonomy of Entrepreneurship – A Means-Oriented Approach.” In Emergence, Entanglement, and Political Economy, edited by David Hebert and Diana Thomas. New York: Springer, 2021

“Entrepreneurship.” In Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, edited by Alain Marciano and Giovanni Battista Ramello. New York: Springer, 2019

Contraception Without Romance: The Entangled Political Economy of State and Federal Contraceptive Insurance Mandates. In James M. Buchanan: A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy, edited by Richard E. Wagner. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018


Popular Publications

How Medicare Is Hindering Healthcare Innovation, and a Way Forward.” Mercatus Center At George Mason University Policy Brief, December 2018 (with Elise Amez-Droz)

How Medicare Promotes Wasteful Innovation.” Real Clear Policy. August 2018

Broken Insurance System Discourages a Life-Saving Therapy.” Real Clear Health. July 2017 (with Emily Knutson)

Affordable Housing Is Already In Reach For Minimum Wage Workers.” June 2016

Upper-Income Preferences Are Blocking Low-Income Choices On Payday Loans.” June 2016

On The Use of Knowledge in the U.S. Health Care System.” In: What would Hayek say today (really)? 2013 Charles Street Symposium Essays. Legatum Institute, 2013


Ph.D. in Economics George Mason University, M.S. in Applied Economics St. Cloud State University, B.A. in Political Science St. Cloud State University

Courses Taught

E/M-108 (Principles of Microeconomics) and E/M-281 (Intermed Microecon)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-108 Principles of Microeconomics 9 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2019/FA, and 2018/FA
E/M-102 Principles of Microeconomics 7 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
E/M-273 Hist Economic Thought 4 2022/FA, 2018/FA, 2016/FA, and 2014/FA
E/M-277 Health Economics 4 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
NDL-268 Career Exploration 4 2022/JN, 2021/JN, and 2020/JN
E/M-244 ST:Economics of Innovation 3 2024/JN, 2023/JN, and 2015/SP
E/M-281 Intermed Microecon 3 2023/SP, 2022/SP, and 2020/SP
E/M-385 Public Finance 3 2019/FA, 2017/FA, and 2015/FA
E/M-367 Entrepreneurship 3 2016/FA, 2016/SP, and 2015/SP
E/M-202 Intermed Microecon 1 2018/SP
E/M-267 Intro Entrepreneurship 1 2017/FA
E/M-382 Intermed Microecon 1 2015/SP