Russ Sobel, Josh Hall and I have recently edited a book concerning the institutional shortcomings of West Virginia, its role in our state's dismal economic performance, and what to do to make things better. It's called Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It. It is the first large-scale effort by the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, a group committed to "free enterprise, individual liberty, limited government and traditional American values." The book is entirely original research, with a number of contributions from current graduate students here at West Virginia University along with scholars outside of the state (William F. Shughart II, Edward J. Lopez, and Daniel S. Sutter, among others. The full list of authors is here.)
At its best, this book could lead not only to significant structural change in the Mountain State, but also provide a rubric by which other states could produce similar publications tailored to their particular circumstances.