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Benjamin W. Powell
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Benjamin Powell is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and former President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Powell received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has been Associate Professor of Economics at Suffolk University, Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University, a Fellow with the Mercatus Center's Global Prosperity Initiative, and a Visiting Research Fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research.

Dr. Powell is the author of more than 50 scholarly studies and the editor of the books, Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (with Randall Holcombe) and Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development. He has contributed to numerous volumes, and his scholarly research has been published in such journals as Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Private Enterprise, Eastern Economic Journal, Comparative Economic Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Labor Research, Cato Journal, Florida State University Law Review, Review of Austrian Economics and Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics..

Dr. Powell’s popular articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and web sites, including the Investors Business Daily, Washington Post, FoxNews.com, Charlotte Observer, Orange County Register, San Diego Union Tribune, Boston Herald, and many city business journals. He has appeared on shows such as “The Situation with Tucker Carlson” on MSNBC, CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and Fox Business Channel's "Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano," and he has debated economic issues on numerous radios shows. His academic research findings have been reported in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and over one hundred regional papers such as the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Miami Herald.

Books
Housing America 2009
Making Poor Nations Rich 2007
Video
Benjamin Powell: Are Sweatshops Good? April 21, 2014
Benjamin Powell on Stossel March 7, 2014
Benjamin Powell on Economic Recovery January 3, 2014
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Audio
Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty May 11, 2014
Benjamin Powell Discusses Sweatshops on Vancouver’s CKNW Radio April 24, 2014
Ben Powell on the Economic Freedom of the World Report September 18, 2013
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Events
The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich February 21, 2008
Immigration Wars: Open or Closed Borders for America? September 21, 2005
Independent Review Articles
Meet the Old Sweatshops: Same as the New Summer 2014
Globalization and Its Enemies Summer 2008
Commentary
Immigration as Political Theater December 24, 2014
Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall November 12, 2014
The Future of Hong Kong’s Freedom? October 13, 2014
Market Forces Should Regulate Smoking September 2, 2014
Market Basket’s Forgotten Customers August 20, 2014
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Beacon Blog Posts
Texas Tech Free Market Institute April 3, 2013
Jobs Program Video: "How to Create a Job, Not Just Work" September 19, 2011
Immigration Myths May 31, 2011
Presentations
Promoting Affordable Housing by Addressing the Root Cause February 21, 2007
Immigration, Economic Growth, and the Welfare State April 30, 2005
Research Articles
The Economics Behind the U.S. Government’s Unwinnable War on Drugs August 21, 2013
Working Papers
Taxing Development: The Law and Economics of Traffic Impact Fees December 12, 2006
Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement? November 30, 2006
An Experimental Investigation of Hobbesian Jungles May 23, 2005
Development Aid and Economic Freedom: Are They Related? May 9, 2005
Is Cybersecurity a Public Good? Evidence from the Financial Services Industry March 14, 2005
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Policy Reports
Broken Borders September 16, 2013
Interview
Sweatshop Blues: An Interview with Benjamin Powell March 18, 2014



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