Steve H. Hanke is Contributing Editor of The Independent Review, Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University, and a Forbes magazine columnist. Dr. Hanke received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Colorado, and his interests include currency, commodity and capital markets. He has taught economics at the University of California at Berkeley and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and has held other senior research positions at universities and research institutes in Austria, France, Israel, Kenya, Sweden and the U.S.A.
Professor Hanke is a Principal at Chicago Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based firm that provides economic and accounting advice in the areas of securities, intellectual property, antitrust, business torts and other complex litigation disputes. He is also Chairman Emeritus at the Friedberg Mercantile Group, Inc. in Toronto. In the past, he served as Chairman of the Friedberg Mercantile Group, Inc. and President of Toronto Trust Argentina, the worlds best performing emerging market mutual fund in 1995. In those capacities, he was responsible for developing strategies for trading foreign exchange, commodities and a wide variety of securities. He has advised leaders from many countries on currency and regulatory reform, privatization, public finance and capital market development: Albania, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Estonia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. He also served as a Senior Economist on President Reagans Council of Economic Advisors.
He is the author of numerous articles on economics and finance, is a Contributing Editor for Central Banking, Globe Asia and The International Economy, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals. He was named one of the worlds twenty-five most influential people by World Trade magazine in 1998. A contributing author to the Independent Institute book, Money and the Nation State: The Financial Revolution, Government and the World Monetary System, his books include Alternative Monetary Regimes for Jamaica, Capital Markets and Development, Currency Boards for Developing Countries, Juntas Monetarias para Pafses en Desarollo, Privatization and Development, Prospects for Privatization and Russian Currency and Finance.