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Richard K. Vedder
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Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University. Professor Vedder is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, Out of Work, the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

Professor Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and he has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, and he has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology. His other books include Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Poverty, Income Distribution, the Family and Public Policy (with L. Gallaway); Essays in Nineteenth Century Economic History; Essays in the Economy of the Old Northwest; Economic Impact of Government Spending: A Fifty State Analysis, and Variations in Business and Economic History. His hundreds of articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Books
Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools? 2000
Taxing Choice 1997
Out of Work 1993
Video
Richard Vedder on the National Debt Crisis January 12, 2011

Audio
Is Wal-Mart Good or Bad for America? A Debate May 8, 2007

Events
Is Walmart Good or Bad for America? A Debate May 8, 2007
Why Are the Public Schools Failing and What Can Be Done? July 5, 2001
Out of Work in America: Is Government the Cause or Cure? July 22, 1993
Independent Review Articles
The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market: The Role of Employment Discrimination Policies Fall 2013
For-Profit Schools Are Making a Comeback Spring 2002
Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy Summer 2000
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Commentary
The Blue-State Path to Inequality June 6, 2014
Federal Government Has Declared War on Work January 20, 2014
Study Abroad, Goof Off and Fool Your Future Boss March 12, 2012
Crime and Punishment in American College Sports March 2, 2011
Obama’s Plan is Debt Disaster April 7, 2009
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Presentations
Can Monetary Policy Really Create Jobs? February 9, 2011
Economic Growth, Economic Justice, and Public Policy February 5, 2007