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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, The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy; 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,, 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.

Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? 2016
The Economics of Immigration 2015
Housing America 2009
Making Poor Nations Rich 2007
Presidential Promises | Benjamin Powell on Stossel March 11, 2016
Myths of Immigration, Ben Powell on Stossel October 6, 2015
Benjamin Powell: Are Sweatshops Good? April 21, 2014
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The Only Solution to TSA’s Problems: Get Rid of It" Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell on The Chad Benson Show May 17, 2016
Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell is Interviewed on American Medicine Today Radio on Drug Approvals and the FDA December 12, 2015
Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty May 11, 2014
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The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich February 21, 2008
Immigration Wars September 21, 2005
Independent Review Articles
Dynamics of Intervention in the War on Drugs Spring 2016
The U.S. Economy: The New Normal and an Unsustainable Future Winter 2016
Meet the Old Sweatshops: Same as the New Summer 2014
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Here’s the Best Way to Limit the Risk of ‘Widespread’ Hurricane Damage September 13, 2017
Republican Immigration Proposal Is All Pain and No Gain September 11, 2017
States Should Follow Oregon’s Lead and Decriminalize Hard Drugs August 7, 2017
More Immigration Does Not Mean Less Economic Freedom June 14, 2017
Economics of Immigration Are at Odds with Politics April 17, 2017
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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
Promoting Affordable Housing by Addressing the Root Cause February 21, 2007
Immigration, Economic Growth, and the Welfare State April 30, 2005
Research Article
The Economics Behind the U.S. Government’s Unwinnable War on Drugs August 21, 2013
Working Paper
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
Sweatshop Blues: An Interview with Benjamin Powell March 18, 2014