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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.

High Plains Drifters
Politicians’ Lucrative Protection Racket

Fred S. McChesney | January 1, 1998

Where Does Law Come From?
Bruce L. Benson | December 1, 1997

C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud
A Comparison of Their Thoughts and Viewpoints on Life, Pain and Death

Armand M. Nicholi II | September 23, 1997

Government: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Paul A. Cleveland | September 1, 1997

Federal Government Growth Before the New Deal
Randall G. Holcombe | September 1, 1997

Discovery and Economic Freedom
Daniel B. Klein | September 1, 1997

The Perversity of Doing Good at Others’ Expense
Dwight R. Lee | September 1, 1997

Ludwig von Mises’ Legacy for Feminists
Wendy McElroy | September 1, 1997

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edwin G. West | July 1, 1996

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

Robert Higgs | April 1, 1996

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

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

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

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

Robert Higgs | July 1, 1994

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

Rationing Health Care
Price Controls Are Hazardous to Our Health

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

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

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

The Common Law Solution to Water Pollution
The Path Not Taken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Higgs | January 1, 1989

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

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

Economic Warfare and Private Property Rights
Recent Episodes and their Constitutionality

Robert Higgs, Charlotte Twight | September 1, 1987

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

National Emergency and Private Property Rights
Historical Relations and Present Conditions

Robert Higgs, Charlotte Twight | September 1, 1986

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

Robert Higgs | January 1, 1985

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

Weapons, Technology and Legitimacy
The Second Amendment in Global Perspective

William F. Marina | January 1, 1983

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

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