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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
Make Colleges Great Again! Cut Costs and Restore Learning, Free Speech & Good Jobs | Richard Vedder December 20, 2019
Richard Vedder: Realistic Solutions to Big College Problems September 18, 2019
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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
Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder speaks at the Manhattan Institute June 11, 2019
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Liberty and 21st-Century Thought Control September 14, 2018
Is Walmart Good or Bad for America? A Debate May 8, 2007
Why Are the Public Schools Failing and What Can Be Done? July 5, 2001
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Independent Review Articles
The Declining Importance of Race and Gender in the Labor Market Fall 2013
For-Profit Schools Are Making a Comeback Spring 2002
Heaven’s Door Summer 2000
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Commentary Articles
Eliminate or Radically Restructure Federal Student Loans September 17, 2020
A New ‘Georgia Tech’ Arrives Tomorrow: It Looks Promising September 15, 2020
Forgiving Federal Student Loans Is a Horrible Idea September 11, 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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