Richard K. Vedder
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Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics and Faculty Associate, Contemporary History Institute, 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 Mens 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 Investors Business Daily.