Alex Salter

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Alexander William Salter is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business, and the Comparative Economics Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute, both at Texas Tech University.

He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2014. His research focuses on the political economy of monetary institutions and policy, as well as issues of federalism and self-governance in the tradition of the Virginia School.

Alex Salter's Articles

Libertarians and Voting

Libertarians tend to be skeptical of the value of voting. But that stance could weaken the case that individuals can collaborate to solve collective-action problems. 

- November 05, 2013

The Many Roads to Liberty

Libertarians argue amongst themselves, sure, but if we reach much the same conclusions despite our divergent perspectives, it's a sign that we're on to something. 

- September 19, 2013

The Origin of Specie, Pt. 2

A free-banking system would incentivize banks to keep their business practices honest and avoid behavior that can damage the economy, like the recent crisis in central-banking systems did. 

- August 09, 2013

The Origin of Specie, Pt. 1

Contrary to mainstream opinion, money is not a public good whose production must be ensured by the State. 

- August 08, 2013

The Not-So-Great Austerity Debate

GDP, by itself, does not tell the whole story about economic well-being.

- May 23, 2013

The Nature and Origin of Money

Arguments that money is a creature of the State are not only wrong, they're dangerous. Alex Salter explains how, perhaps more than anything else, money is the prime example of Hayek's spontaneous orders. 

- December 07, 2012

Economics and the Calculation Problem

Central planning can’t deliver resources efficiently because it ignores the full complexity of the price system.Alex Salter lays it out.

- October 29, 2012

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