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Bruce L. Benson
Senior Fellow

Bruce L. Benson is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute; the DeVoe L. Moore Professor and Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Economics, Florida State University; and Contributing Editor of The Independent Review. Professor Benson is the author of the Independent books To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice and The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State, and he is the editor of the Institute book Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined.

Professor Benson received his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at Pennsylvania State University and Montana State University. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Regional Science. The recipient of the Ludwig von Mises Prize, and the Adam Smith Award, he is the author of nearly one hundred articles and reviews in scholarly journals and a contributor to twelve books. Professor Benson is also the author of the Independent Policy Studies, Illicit Drugs and Crime, Privatization in Criminal Justice, and Toxic Torts by Government, as well as the books, The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War (with D. Rasmussen) and American Antitrust Laws in Theory and in Practice (with M. Greenhut).

The Enterprise of Law (Author) 2011
Property Rights (Editor) 2010
Street Smart (Contributor) 2006
Changing the Guard (Contributor) 2003
The Voluntary City (Contributor) 2002
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Stopping Violent Crime December 3, 1996

Bruce Benson: Crime in the U.S. October 23, 2014
Bruce Benson on the Tom Woods Radio Show April 25, 2014
Bruce Benson on Property Rights October 14, 2013

Stopping Violent Crime: New Directions for Reduction and Prevention December 3, 1996
Independent Review Articles
Book Review: The New Scarlett Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record Winter 2014/15
Let’s Focus on Victim Justice, Not Criminal Justice Fall 2014
The Evolution of Eminent Domain: Market Failure or an Effort to Limit Government Power and Government Failure? Winter 2007/08
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Commentary Articles
Cities Can’t Give In To Protection Racket August 16, 2010
How Land-Use Planning Benefits Big Business Over Small May 1, 2008
The Countervailing Trend to FBI Failure May 29, 2001
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Research Articles
The American Drug War: Anatomy of a Futile and Costly Police Action July 10, 2000
Why Crime Declines January 1, 2000
Where Does Law Come From? December 1, 1997
Policy Reports
Toxic Torts by Government January 1, 1996
Privatization in Criminal Justice January 1, 1996
Illicit Drugs and Crime January 1, 1996

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