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Research Articles

These articles, written by Independent Institute Research Fellows, were originally published in other publications, and are republished here. For other research articles, please see our Policy Reports, Working Papers, and The Independent Review.

Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, and the Division of Labour
Ronald Hamowy | August 1, 1968

The American Revolution and the Minority Myth
William F. Marina | January 1, 1975

Egalitarianism and Empire
William F. Marina | January 1, 1975

’Brainwashing’ and Managed Group Experiences: Converging ‘New’ Techniques?
William F. Marina | June 15, 1975

The Attack on Concentration
Yale Brozen | January 1, 1979

Inflation and the Destruction of the Free Market Economy
Robert Higgs | April 1, 1979

Jefferson and the Scottish Enlightenment: A Critique of Garry Wills’s Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence
Ronald Hamowy | October 1, 1979

Ronald Hamowy | July 1, 1980

Legally Induced Technical Regress in the Washington Salmon Fishery
Robert Higgs | June 30, 1982

Weapons, Technology and Legitimacy
The Second Amendment in Global Perspective

William F. Marina | January 1, 1983

The Dutch-American Guerrillas of the American Revolution
William F. Marina | May 1, 1983

Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change
Two Hypotheses on the Ratchet Phenomenon

Robert Higgs | January 1, 1985

National Emergency and Private Property Rights
Historical Relations and Present Conditions

Robert Higgs, Charlotte Twight | September 1, 1986

National Emergency and the Erosion of Private Property Rights
Charlotte Twight, Robert Higgs | January 1, 1987

Economic Warfare and Private Property Rights
Recent Episodes and their Constitutionality

Charlotte Twight, Robert Higgs | September 1, 1987

Hard Coals Make Bad Law: Congressional Parochialism Versus National Defense
Robert Higgs | March 1, 1988

Crisis and Quasi-Corporatist Policy-Making: The U.S. Case in Historical Perspective
Robert Higgs | November 1, 1988

Do Legislators’ Votes Reflect Constituency Preference?
A Simple Way to Evaluate the Senate

Robert Higgs | January 1, 1989

“The Arms of All The People Should Be Taken Away”
Stephen P. Halbrook | January 1, 1989

Beware the Pork-Hawk: In Pursuit of Reelection, Congress Sells Out the Nation’s Defense
Robert Higgs | June 1, 1989

The Environment in Bulgaria
Peter J. Hill | October 1, 1990

Agriculture in Bulgaria
Peter J. Hill, Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. | October 1, 1990

Eighteen Problematic Propositions in the Analysis of the Growth of Government
Robert Higgs | January 1, 1991

Wartime Prosperity? A Reassessment of the U.S. Economy in the 1940s
Robert Higgs | March 1, 1992

Profits of U.S. Defense Contractors
Robert Higgs | March 13, 1992

The Common Law Solution to Water Pollution
The Path Not Taken

Bruce Yandle, Roger E. Meiners | April 1, 1992

Richard Cobden: Creator of the Free Market
John Chodes | March 1, 1993

Public Opinion: A Powerful Predictor of U.S. Defense Spending
Robert Higgs, Anthony Kilduff | October 1, 1993

Rationing Health Care
Price Controls Are Hazardous to Our Health

Simon Rottenberg, David J. Theroux | February 1, 1994

High-Tech Prophet Sees Chips Driving Economy’s Expansion
Arthur M. Louis | February 25, 1994

The Cold War Economy
Opportunity Costs, Ideology, and the Politics of Crisis

Robert Higgs | July 1, 1994

Property Rights vs. Environmental Ruin
David J. Theroux | August 1, 1994

Nineteen Neglected Consequences of Income Redistribution
Robert Higgs | December 5, 1994

World War II and the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex
Robert Higgs | May 1, 1995

War and Leviathan in Twentieth-Century America
Conscription as the Keystone

Robert Higgs | April 1, 1996

The Spread of Education Before Compulsion
Britain and America in the Nineteenth Century

Edwin G. West | July 1, 1996

The “Ism” That Isn’t (Why Social Determinism Cannot Mean What it Says)
Allan Levite | December 19, 1996

The Socialist Roots of Modern Anti-Semitism
Tyler Cowen | January 1, 1997

An Environment Without Property Rights
Jane S. Shaw, Richard L. Stroup | February 1, 1997

Law, Custom, and the Commons
Randy T Simmons | February 1, 1997

The Myth of the “Independent” Fed
Thomas J. DiLorenzo | March 1, 1997

Should Profits Be Shared with Workers?
Dwight R. Lee | June 1, 1997