Doctoral Theses

Since the beginning of the master’s program, over thirty-eight doctoral theses have been defended. Below, you will find a list of the theses Professor Huerta de Soto has supervised to date.

38.
Doctorate recipient: Gonzalo Melián Marrero
Thesis title: “La economía política de la planificación urbana: El caso español” [The Economics of Urban Planning: The Case of Spain]
Thesis supervisors: Jesús Huerta de Soto, Gabriel Calzada Álvarez, and Peter Boettke
Defense date: February 17, 2020
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Pedro Schwartz Girón, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

37.
Doctorate recipient: Christian Schneider
Thesis title: “Bastiat’s Mission: The Nature, Scope, and Value of Crusoe Economics”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: May 28, 2019
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Francisco Cabrillo Rodríguez, Philipp Bagus, León Gómez Rivas, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, and José Antonio Peña Ramos
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

36.
Doctorate recipient: Olav Dirkmaat
Thesis title: “Capital Theory, Capital Markets, and Q”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: October 9, 2018
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Francisco Cabrillo Rodríguez, Philipp Bagus, Luis Pires Jiménez, León Gómez Rivas, and Jan Vis
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

35.
Doctorate recipient: José Francisco Hernández Cabrera
Thesis title: “La producción privada de defensa y seguridad como alternativa al monopolio estatal” [The Private Production of Defense and Security as an Alternative to the State Monopoly]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: May 22, 2018
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and José Antonio Peña Ramos
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

34.
Doctorate recipient: Daniel Fernández Méndez
Thesis title: “The Cyprus Collapse: The Island that Shook the Foundations of Eurozone’s Economy”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: September 27, 2017
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Luis Pires Jiménez, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

33.
Doctorate recipient: Rafael García Iborra
Thesis title: “Principios de economía financiera: Un enfoque austriaco” [Principles of Financial Economics: An Austrian Approach]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 5, 2017
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, León Gómez Rivas, and Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

32.
Doctorate recipient: Luis Alfonso López García
Thesis title: “Modelo de requerimientos de recursos propios para la banca: Crítica austriaca de Basilea I y Basilea II” [Model of Own Resources Requirements for Banking: Austrian Criticism of Basel I and Basel II]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 6, 2017
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Prosper Lamothe Fernández, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

31.
Doctorate recipient: Antonio Moar Martínez
Thesis title: “Espíritu emprendedor en España: Una perspectiva austriaca” [Entrepreneurial Spirit in Spain: An Austrian Perspective]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: May 11, 2017
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Santiago García Echevarría, Luis Pires Jiménez, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, León Gómez Rivas, and Francisco Javier Tirado Suárez
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

30.
Doctorate recipient: Miguel Ángel Echarte Fernández
Thesis title: “El impacto de la dolarización en América Latina: Un análisis desde la perspectiva de la Escuela Austriaca” [The Impact of Dollarization in Latin America: An Austrian Analysis]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: April 5, 2017
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Luis Pires Jiménez, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

29.
Doctorate recipient: Carlos Arenas Laorga
Thesis title: “El sistema educativo español: Un enfoque austriaco” [The Spanish Educational System: An Austrian Approach]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 8, 2016
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Octavio Uña Juárez, Philipp Bagus, Valentín Azofra Palenzuela, Javier Fernández del Moral, and Félix Javier López Iturriaga
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

28.
Doctorate recipient: Brian Gerard Canny
Thesis title: “The Theory of Optimum Currencies and a Critique of the Theory of Optimum Currency Areas”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: January 27, 2016
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Armando Torrent Ruiz, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

27.
Doctorate recipient: Cristina Lozano González
Thesis title: “El interés recíproco del liberalismo económico y la teoría feminista: Hacia un feminismo de mercado” [The Mutual Interest Shared by Economic Liberalism and Feminist Theory: Toward a Market Feminism]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: January 20, 2016
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Octavio Uña Juárez, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and León Gómez Rivas
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

26.
Doctorate recipient: Leonardo Esteban Ravier Rodríguez
Thesis title: “Aproximación histórica a los principios de una teoría praxeológica de la firma desde la perspectiva de la escuela austriaca de economía” [A Historical Approach to the Principles of a Praxeological Theory of the Firm from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 14, 2015
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and Armando Torrent Ruiz
Grade: Distinction by unanimity

25.
Doctorate recipient: Carlos Villaescusa García
Thesis title: “Austroliberalismo en Ibn Jaldún: Explicación y solución a las crisis económicas” [Austroliberalism in Ibn Khaldun: The Explanation and Solution of Economic Crises]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 2, 2015
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and Salvador Cruz Rambaud
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

24.
Doctorate recipient: Rubén Carlos Méndez Reátegui
Thesis title: “Instituciones, empresarialidad, y políticas públicas: Un análisis desde la coordinación institucional” [Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policies: An Analysis from the Standpoint of Institutional Coordination]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: March 11, 2015
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and Alberto Ruiz Ojeda
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

23.
Doctorate recipient: Jaime Hernán-Pérez Aguilera
Thesis title: “La decadencia española del siglo XVII: Monarquía, intervencionismo, e inflación: Una interpretación en la perspectiva de la escuela austriaca de economía” [Spanish Decline in the Seventeenth Century: Monarchy, Interventionism, and Inflation: An Interpretation from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 10, 2014
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Philipp Bagus, Santiago García Echevarría, Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez, and Armando Torrent Ruiz
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity.
Award with Special Distinction

22.
Doctorate recipient: Alejandro Pérez y Soto
Thesis title: “La información secuestrada: El modelo de servidumbre en Thomas Hobbes y su alternativa liberal austriaca en Friedrich August von Hayek” [Hijacked Information: The Model of Servitude in Thomas Hobbes and its Austrian Liberal Alternative in Friedrich August von Hayek]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: February 19, 2014
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Dalmacio Negro Pavón, Armando Torrent Ruiz, Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Santiago García Echevarría, and Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

21.
Doctorate recipient: Marc Schilling
Thesis title: “Mergers and Acquisitions within the Austrian Business Cycle Theory”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: December 19, 2013
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Luis Pires Jiménez, Santiago García Echevarría, Jerónimo Molina Cano, and Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

20.
Doctorate recipient: Juan Morillo Bentué
Thesis title: “Crítica al positivismo de Milton Friedman desde la praxeología de Ludwig von Mises” [Criticism of Milton Friedman’s Positivism from the Perspective of Ludwig von Mises’s Praxeology]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: May 8, 2013
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Octavio Uña Juárez, Santiago García Echevarría, Carlos Rodríguez Braun, and Pedro Julio Tenorio Sánchez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

19.
Doctorate recipient: Massimiliano Neri
Thesis title: “The Economics of the Knowledge Structure”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 1, 2011
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, César Martínez Meseguer, María Blanco González, and Nicola Ianello
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

18.
Doctorate recipient: Juan Ramón Rallo
Thesis title: “Una aplicación de la teoría del ciclo económico desde la perspectiva de la escuela austriaca a la gran recesión” [An Austrian Application of the Theory of the Economic Cycle to the Great Recession]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: March 9, 2011
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Gabriel Calzada Álvarez, Óscar Vara Crespo, Joaquín Trigo Portela, and Juan Luis Martínez Sánchez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

17.
Doctorate recipient: David Sanz Bas
Thesis title: “La crítica de Hayek a The General Theory: Una revisión del debate entre Friedrich Hayek y John Maynard Keynes” [Hayek’s Criticism of The General Theory: A Review of the Debate between Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: December 16, 2010
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Rafael Rubio de Urquía, León Gómez Rivas, and María Blanco González
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

16.
Doctorate recipient: Pablo Guido
Thesis title: “Álvaro Alsogaray: Cincuenta años de pensamiento económico y acción política: 1955-2005” [Álvaro Alsogaray: Fifty Years of Economic Thought and Political Action: 1955-2005]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 22, 2010
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Rogelio Pérez-Bustamante González, César Martínez Meseguer, and María Blanco González
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

15.
Doctorate recipient: David Howden
Thesis title: “The Efficient Market Hypothesis and the Capital Asset Pricing Model”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: April 7, 2010
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors León Gómez Rivas, Philipp Bagus, César Martínez Meseguer, María Blanco González, and Gabriel Calzada Álvarez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

14.
Doctorate recipient: Jorge Franch Parella
Thesis title: “Fundamentos de economía: Aplicación curricular de la asignatura de economía al bachillerato” [The Fundamentals of Economics: The Curricular Implementation of Economics as a Subject in Secondary School]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: March 3, 2010
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Juan Francisco Corona Ramón, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Ramón Tremosa i Barcells, León Gómez Rivas, and Gabriel Calzada Álvarez
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

13.
Doctorate recipient: Antonio Pancorbo de Rato
Thesis title: “La estabilidad financiera vista desde la perspectiva de la escuela austriaca de economía” [Financial Stability from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: October 1, 2009
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Fernando Becker Zuazua, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

12.
Doctorate recipient: José Carlos Herrán Alonso
Thesis title: “Hayek y el derecho: Conocimiento tácito, órdenes espontáneos, y reglas de mera conducta” [Hayek and Law: Tacit Knowledge, Spontaneous Orders, and Rules of Mere Conduct]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: April 15, 2009
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, César Martínez Meseguer, José Juan Franch Meneu, and Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

11.
Doctorate recipient: Adrián Osvaldo Ravier
Thesis title: “Una posible solución a la observación de Friedman en el marco del estudio de la curva de Phillips” [A Possible Solution to Friedman’s Observation in the Framework of the Study of the Phillips Curve]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: January 13, 2009
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Fernando Becker Zuazua, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

10.
Doctorate recipient: Philipp Bagus
Thesis title: “Deflation – Is It Really Harmful? Theoretical Analysis of Deflation with Two Historical Examples”
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: December 18, 2007
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Gabriel Calzada Álvarez, and Javier Aranzadi del Cerro
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

9.
Doctorate recipient: David Pérez-Bustamante Yabar
Thesis title: “Contrato de depósito bancario y crisis económicas y financieras” [The Bank-Deposit Contract and Economic and Financial Crises]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 10, 2007
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, José María de la Cuesta Rute, and José María Casado Raigón
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

8.
Doctorate recipient: Juan Antonio Díaz Cano
Thesis title: “Marina mercante española (1868 – 1995): Estudio sobre los efectos colaterales de una protección inducida” [The Spanish Merchant Marine (1868-1995): A Study of the Collateral Effects of an Induced Protection]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: November 28, 2006
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and José Juan Franch Meneu
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

7.
Doctorate recipient: Mario Fernández Martín
Thesis title: “Las cámaras de comercio en la Unión Europea” [Chambers of Commerce in the European Union]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 21, 2006
Department: Applied Economics I
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and José Juan Franch Meneu
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

6.
Doctorate recipient: Jorge Bolaños Martínez
Thesis title: “Modelos de discapacidad a través de las leyes y de las instituciones sociales” [Models of Disability with respect to Laws and Social Institutions]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: January 12, 2005
Department: Private Law
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, Óscar Vara Crespo, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and José Juan Franch Meneu
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

5.
Doctorate recipient: César Martínez Meseguer
Thesis title: “La teoría evolutiva de las instituciones económicas y jurídicas en la escuela austriaca de economía” [The Austrian Evolutionary Theory of Economic and Legal Institutions]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: September 30, 2004
Department: Economics
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, José Juan Franch Meneu, Javier Aranzadi del Cerro, and Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

4.
Doctorate recipient: Gabriel Calzada Álvarez
Thesis title: “Análisis económico e institucional de la teoría de la defensa privada a través de compañías de seguros” [An Economic and Institutional Analysis of the Theory of Private Defense via Insurance Companies]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: June 7, 2004
Department: Economics
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Armando Torrent Ruiz, Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira, José Juan Franch Meneu, and Juan Iranzo
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity

3.
Doctorate recipient: Miguel Ángel Alonso Neira
Thesis title: “Controles de capital, variables financieras, y política económica” [Capital Controls, Financial Variables, and Economic Policy]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: December 18, 2001
Department: Economics
School of Legal and Social Sciences
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Examining committee: Professors Fernando Bécker, Jaime Requeijo, Juan Iranzo, and Rafael Rubio de Urquía
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity
Víctor Mendoza Award for the best doctoral thesis defended in 2001

2.
Doctorate recipient: Ángel Rodríguez García-Brazales
Thesis title: “Los planes de acción intrínsecamente irrealizables: Un análisis de los límites de la escuela austriaca” [Intrinsically Unattainable Plans of Action: An Analysis of the Limits of the Austrian School]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: July 4, 1997
Department: Economic Analysis: Economic Theory and History
School of Economic Sciences
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Examining committee: Professors José Ramón Lasuén, José Antonio García Durán, Rafael Rubio de Urquía, José Juan Franch, and Enrique Menéndez Ureña
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity
Special Doctoral Thesis Award from the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

1.
Doctorate recipient: Javier Aranzadi del Cerro
Thesis title: “La aproximación económica al comportamiento humano: Análisis comparativo de la praxeología de Ludwig von Mises y la generalización del homo economicus de Gary Becker” [The Economic Approach to Human Behavior: A Comparative Analysis of Ludwig von Mises’s Praxeology and Gary Becker’s Generalization of the Homo Economicus]
Thesis supervisor: Jesús Huerta de Soto
Defense date: December 18, 1997
Department: Economic Analysis: Economic Theory and History
School of Economic Sciences
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Examining committee: Professors José Ramón Lasuén, Antonio Argandoña, Juan Iranzo, Enrique Menéndez Ureña, and José Juan Franch
Grade: Distinction summa cum laude by unanimity