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Benjamin Powell
Senior Fellow

Benjamin Powell is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and former President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Powell received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has been Associate Professor of Economics at Suffolk University, Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University, a Fellow with the Mercatus Center's Global Prosperity Initiative, and a Visiting Research Fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research.

Dr. Powell is the author of more than 50 scholarly studies and the editor of the books, The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy; Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (with Randall Holcombe); and Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development. He has contributed to numerous volumes, and his scholarly research has been published in such journals as Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Private Enterprise, Eastern Economic Journal, Comparative Economic Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Labor Research, Cato Journal, Florida State University Law Review, Review of Austrian Economics and Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics..

Dr. Powell’s popular articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and web sites, including the Investors Business Daily, Washington Post,, Charlotte Observer, Orange County Register, San Diego Union Tribune, Boston Herald, and many city business journals. He has appeared on shows such as “The Situation with Tucker Carlson” on MSNBC, CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and Fox Business Channel's "Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano," and he has debated economic issues on numerous radios shows. His academic research findings have been reported in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and over one hundred regional papers such as the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Miami Herald.

Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? 2016
The Economics of Immigration 2015
Housing America 2009
Making Poor Nations Rich 2007
Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell Critiques Socialized Medicine on Life, Liberty & Levin August 25, 2019
The Economics of Immigration | Ben Powell January 27, 2017
Senior Fellow Ben Powell on Fox Business Network on Brexit June 23, 2016
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The Only Solution to TSA’s Problems: Get Rid of It" Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell on The Chad Benson Show May 17, 2016
Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell is Interviewed on American Medicine Today Radio on Drug Approvals and the FDA December 12, 2015
Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops as Means to Escape Poverty May 11, 2014
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The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich February 21, 2008
Immigration Wars: Open or Closed Borders for America? September 21, 2005
Independent Review Articles
Raveling the Immigration Narrative Winter 2017/18
Dynamics of Intervention in the War on Drugs Spring 2016
The U.S. Economy: The New Normal and an Unsustainable Future Winter 2015/16
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Commentary Articles
Congress Must End the Federal Mask Mandate Once and for All June 6, 2022
California Rejects Four-Day Workweek, but Supporters Haven’t Given Up May 10, 2022
Price Controls and Government Spending Won’t Fix Inflation January 13, 2022
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Beacon Blog Posts
Tyler Cowen Is Wrong About Great Barrington Declaration on Lockdown Policies November 11, 2020
The Key Indicator for Reopening the Economy Is Hospital Capacity April 15, 2020
'Grand Bargain' Is Bay State's Grand Disaster October 20, 2018
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Catalyst Posts
Democratic Socialism: Straight Talk about Twisted Facts January 30, 2020
Those Shaming Amazon about Bangladeshi Factories Should Be Ashamed of Themselves December 19, 2019
China’s Crackdown on Think Tank Illustrates Importance of Hong Kong Protests October 18, 2019
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Promoting Affordable Housing by Addressing the Root Cause February 21, 2007
Immigration, Economic Growth, and the Welfare State April 30, 2005
Research Article
The Economics Behind the U.S. Government’s Unwinnable War on Drugs August 21, 2013
Working Papers
Taxing Development: The Law and Economics of Traffic Impact Fees December 12, 2006
Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement? November 30, 2006
An Experimental Investigation of Hobbesian Jungles May 23, 2005
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Policy Report
Broken Borders September 16, 2013
Sweatshop Blues: An Interview with Benjamin Powell March 18, 2014

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