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Robert Higgs
Senior Fellow in Political Economy and Editor at Large, The Independent Review

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty, Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economic Education, and Templeton Honor Rolls Award on Education in a Free Society.

Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute books Opposing the Crusader State, The Challenge of Liberty, Re-Thinking Green, Hazardous to Our Health? and Arms, Politics, and the Economy, plus the volume Emergence of the Modern Political Economy.

He is also the author of Delusions of Power, Depression, War, and Cold War, Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Politická ekonomie strachu (The Political Economy of Fear, in Czech), Resurgence of the Warfare State, Against Leviathan, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914, Competition and Coercion: Blacks in the American Economy, 1865-1914, and Crisis and Leviathan. A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in academic journals.

His popular articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Providence Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Society, Reason, AlterNet, and many other publications and Web sites, and he has appeared on Fox News, NPR, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CBN, CNBC, America’s Talking Television, Radio America Network, Radio Free Europe, Talk Radio Network, Voice of America, Newstalk TV, the Organization of American Historians’ public radio program, and scores of local radio and television stations. He has also been interviewed for articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Terra Libera, Investor's Business Daily, UPI, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, National Journal, Reason, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, Folha de Sao Paulo, Newsmax, Financial Times, Al-Ahram Weekly, Creators Syndicate, and elsewhere.

Dr. Higgs has spoken at more than 100 colleges and universities and at the meetings of such professional organizations as the Economic History Association, Western Economic Association, Population Association of America, Southern Economic Association, International Economic History Congress, Public Choice Society, International Studies Association, Cliometric Society, Allied Social Sciences Association, American Political Science Association, American Historical Association, and others.

Books
Crisis and Leviathan (25th Anniversary Edition) 2012
Delusions of Power 2012
Depression, War, and Cold War 2009
The Decline of American Liberalism 2009
Opposing the Crusader State 2007
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Video
Robert Higgs on FDA and Consumer Welfare July 23, 2014
Robert Higgs Discusses Crisis and Leviathan March 28, 2014
Robert Higgs - Crisis, Leviathan, and the National Security State February 27, 2014
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Audio
Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on the Tom Woods Show July 30, 2014
Robert Higgs on Regime Uncertainty Past and Present February 21, 2014
Robert Higgs Discusses Independence Day on the Scott Horton Radio Show July 4, 2013
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Events
Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism July 18, 2013
A Gala for Liberty November 15, 2011
Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us? December 6, 2007
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Independent Review Articles
Ronald Coase, Anomalous Superstar of the Economics Profession Fall 2014
The Fed’s Immiseration of People Who Live on Interest Earnings Summer 2014
The Salmon Trap: An Analogy for People’s Entrapment by the State Spring 2014
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Commentary
Are Our Unemployment Statistics Broken? January 20, 2014
Government Spending and Regime Uncertainty October 23, 2013
The Iraq War: 10 Years Later March 21, 2013
FDR Goes to War October 11, 2012
‘War is Horrible, but . . .’ September 26, 2012
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Beacon Blog Posts
Burgeoning Regulations Threaten Our Humanity July 2, 2014
Chances Are that You Have No More Expertise in Economics than You Have in Astrophysics May 29, 2014
Wait! You May Not Need to Lop Off So Many Heads May 17, 2014
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Shovel-Ready Stimulus Sightings November 16, 2010
Consumption Spending Is 70% of GDP: So What? September 23, 2010
The Great Divergence: Private Investment and Government Power September 20, 2010
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Presentations
The Economics of the Great Society February 1, 2011
Crisis and Leviathan May 20, 2010
War and Leviathan: The Trick that Works Every Time July 13, 2007
Research Articles
Banning a Risky Product Cannot Improve Any Consumer’s Welfare (Properly Understood), with Applications to FDA Testing Requirements February 13, 2009
A Revealing Window on the U.S. Economy in Depression and War February 2, 2009
If Men Were Angels: The Basic Analytics of the State versus Self-government June 11, 2007
Military-Economic Fascism: How Business Corrupts Government, and Vice Versa January 22, 2007
From the Armistice to the Great Depression December 1, 2006
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Working Papers
Government and the Economy since World War II April 20, 2005
Government and the Economy: The World Wars April 20, 2005
“Not Merely Perfidious but Ungrateful”: The U.S. Takeover of West Florida March 14, 2005
Coasian Contracts in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District June 2, 2004
The Ongoing Growth of Government in the Economically Advanced Countries October 3, 2003
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Letters
Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor July 30, 2007
Book Reviews
Sheldon Pollack’s Interpretation of War, Taxation, and the U.S. State May 4, 2011
Interview
Interview with Robert Higgs May 21, 2013
Enemy of the Warfare State October 30, 2012



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