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Richard K. Vedder
Senior Fellow

Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ohio University; and he is the Founding Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C. He is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of the Independent Institute book, Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America, the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Independent monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools? New Strategies for Educational Excellence.

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 in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, National Review,, Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily. And, he has been interviewed on Fox News Channel, ABC, NBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox Nation, NPR, and many other TV and radio networks and programs.

Restoring the Promise 2019
Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools? 2000
Out of Work 1997
Taxing Choice 1997
COVID-19 Crisis: Why the Coronavirus Will Kill 500 to 1,000 Colleges April 17, 2020
Fixing Science February 7, 2020
Make Colleges Great Again! Cut Costs and Restore Learning, Free Speech & Good Jobs | Richard Vedder December 20, 2019
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“Don't Forgive Student Loans” Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on the Gary Nolan radio show. July 6, 2022
Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on WIND Radio’s The Dan Proft Show July 22, 2020
Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on the Carolina Journal Radio show April 6, 2020
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COVID-19 Crisis: Why the Coronavirus Will Kill 500 to 1,000 Colleges April 17, 2020
Liberty and 21st-Century Thought Control September 14, 2018
Is Walmart Good or Bad for America? A Debate May 8, 2007
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Independent Review Articles
Four Centuries of Black Economic Progress in America: Ideological Posturing versus Empirical Realities Fall 2021
Book Review: 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
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Commentary Articles
One of Our Few Great College Presidents Retires July 28, 2022
Four Reasons Biden’s Student Loans ‘Forgiveness’ Plan is Wrong June 18, 2022
University of California Suicide Watch April 30, 2022
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Catalyst Posts
Why Do Colleges Seem to Dislike Men? June 29, 2021
Is a Law School Meltdown Coming? June 11, 2020
Make American Colleges Grade Again! April 17, 2020
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Can Monetary Policy Really Create Jobs? February 9, 2011
Economic Growth, Economic Justice, and Public Policy February 5, 2007
Research Articles
A Better Path Forward: Re-Thinking Government Student Loans and Grants April 8, 2020
Reflections on the Current State of Political Economy March 4, 2016

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