Richard W. Rahn: The Independent Institute

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Richard W. Rahn
Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth. He serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review and is Founder and President of the Novecon Companies and former Vice President and Chief Economist at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was Executive Vice President and Board member of the National Chamber Foundation and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Growth.

Dr. Rahn received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Pepperdine University. He served for two terms (2002-2008) as the first non-Caymanian member of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, which regulates the world’s largest offshore financial center. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the American Council for Capital Formation, and in 1990-1991, he served as the U.S. Co-chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Growth and Transition Project, that was co-sponsored by the Independent Institute. In 1982, President Reagan appointed Dr. Rahn as a member of the Quadrennial Social Security Advisory Council, and during the 1988 Presidential campaign, he was an economic advisor to President G.H.W. Bush.

Professor Rahn has taught at Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, and Rutgers Universities; at the Institute of World Politics; and the Polytechnic University of New York, where he was head of the graduate Department of Management. He also was an instructor for the U.S. Air Force and the Washington economic advisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.

He is a member of the Board of the American Council for Capital Formation and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. He has served as a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Discovery Institute; Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; and National Executive Director of the Ripon Society.

Author of the book, The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy, Dr. Rahn has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, American Spectator, Weekly Standard, National Review, and National Interest. As an economic commentator, he has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Kudlow and Co., Wall Street Week, PBS Newshour and Crossfire, and he was a weekly commentator for Radio America. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic issues more than seventy-five times.