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Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs is Retired Senior Fellow in Political Economy, Founding Editor and former Editor at Large of the Independent Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Premio Juan de Mariana, Alexis de Tocqueville Award, Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty, Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economic Education, Murray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom, and Templeton Honor Rolls Award on Education in a Free Society.

Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute books Opposing the Crusader State, The Challenge of Liberty, Re-Thinking Green, Hazardous to Our Health? and Arms, Politics, and the Economy, plus the volume Emergence of the Modern Political Economy.

He is also the author of Delusions of Power, Depression, War, and Cold War, Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Politická ekonomie strachu (The Political Economy of Fear, in Czech), Resurgence of the Warfare State, Against Leviathan, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914, Competition and Coercion: Blacks in the American Economy, 1865-1914, and Crisis and Leviathan. A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in academic journals.

His popular articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Providence Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Society, Reason, AlterNet, and many other publications and Web sites, and he has appeared on Fox News, NPR, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CBN, CNBC, America’s Talking Television, Radio America Network, Radio Free Europe, Talk Radio Network, Voice of America, Newstalk TV, the Organization of American Historians’ public radio program, and scores of local radio and television stations. He has also been interviewed for articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Terra Libera, Investor's Business Daily, UPI, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, National Journal, Reason, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, Folha de Sao Paulo, Newsmax, Financial Times, Al-Ahram Weekly, Creators Syndicate, and elsewhere.

Dr. Higgs has spoken at more than 100 colleges and universities and at the meetings of such professional organizations as the Economic History Association, Western Economic Association, Population Association of America, Southern Economic Association, International Economic History Congress, Public Choice Society, International Studies Association, Cliometric Society, Allied Social Sciences Association, American Political Science Association, American Historical Association, and others.

Taking a Stand 2015
Crisis and Leviathan 2012
Delusions of Power 2012
Depression, War, and Cold War 2009
The Decline of American Liberalism (Foreword) 2009
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Robert Higgs’s Acceptance Speech, Juan de Mariana Award, 2015 April 20, 2016
Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty and Economy | Robert Higgs November 10, 2015
Robert Higgs on FDA and Consumer Welfare July 23, 2014
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Robert Higgs interview on Taking a Stand book at November 20, 2015
Robert Higgs Interview on "Anemic Recovery, Regulation and Taxation" at Cato Institute November 5, 2015
Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on the Tom Woods Show July 30, 2014
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Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism July 18, 2013
A Gala for Liberty: 25th Anniversary Gala Reception and Dinner November 15, 2011
Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us? December 6, 2007
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Independent Review Articles
Pressure-Release Valves in Participatory Fascism Fall 2019
Two Worlds: Politics and Everything Else Winter 2018/19
Against the Whole Concept and Construction of the Balance of International Payments Fall 2018
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Commentary Articles
The Drive for Regulatory Harmonization June 25, 2021
Past Crises Have Ratcheted Up Leviathan May 5, 2020
Are Our Unemployment Statistics Broken? January 20, 2014
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Beacon Blog Posts
Congenial Communications---Another Miracle of the Market July 22, 2019
Trump’s Trade Policy---A Reductio ad Absurdum June 3, 2019
You Can Fight City Hall, but You'll Almost Certainly Lose April 19, 2019
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Shovel-Ready Stimulus Sightings November 16, 2010
Can Capitalism Be Restored? September 5, 2010
The Recession and "Regime Uncertainty" September 5, 2010
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The New Revolution for Liberty March 21, 1995
Crisis and Leviathan May 20, 2010
The Song That Is Irresistible October 12, 2007
War and Leviathan: The Trick that Works Every Time July 13, 2007
Research Articles
The Economics of the Great Society February 1, 2011
Cumulating Policy Consequences, Frightened Overreactions, and the Current Surge of Government’s Size, Scope, and Power April 1, 2010
Banning a Risky Product Cannot Improve Any Consumer’s Welfare (Properly Understood), with Applications to FDA Testing Requirements February 13, 2009
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Working Papers
Government and the Economy since World War II April 20, 2005
Government and the Economy: The World Wars April 20, 2005
“Not Merely Perfidious but Ungrateful” March 14, 2005
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Book Review
Sheldon Pollack’s Interpretation of War, Taxation, and the U.S. State May 4, 2011
Interview with Robert Higgs May 21, 2013
Enemy of the Warfare State October 30, 2012

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