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Benjamin Powell

Member of: FEE Faculty Network

Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute and is a Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute and the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University where he studied Austrian Economics and Public Choise Theory. This summer he will be giving a lecture for FEE, Who Will Build the Roads? And Other Questions About Free Societies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universtiy in Prescott, AZ. He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network

Benjamin Powell's Articles

Protectionism Will Make America Poor, Not Great

President Trump will have to choose between candidate Trump’s promises. He can embrace international trade and contribute to making America great, or he can follow his protectionist rhetoric at the expense of American greatness. But he can’t have it both ways.

- November 23, 2016

No, Free Trade Does Not Hurt the Economy

65 percent of Americans believe the government should restrict trade even more and that this would protect American jobs. Unless we improve economic literacy, demagogues from both major political parties will continue to pander to people’s prejudices.

- October 15, 2016

You Are An Anarchist. The Question Is: How Often?

When it comes to the State, the relevant debate isn't whether the State is always needful or always hurtful. It's whether statelessness is preferable to any realistic alternative in a given place and time. The answer might surprise you. 

- March 14, 2013

The Great Boom and Bust

On June 21, 2011 Ben Powell, Associate Professor of Economics at Suffolk University, lectured at the Freedom University: Current Events Seminar. In this video Ben discusses the Housing Boom and Bust.

Directed by Brian Aitken and produced by Steven Patterson for Freedom in HD.

- November 14, 2012

Immigration Myths

"Immigrants steal our jobs!" 
Watch Ben Powell debunk this and other immigration myths in this 3:34 video from FEEtv.

To learn more about why open immigration is good for economic growth, check out this article:

- November 14, 2012

Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success?

By most measures Somalia has improved living standards faster than the average sub-Saharan African country since the government of Siad Barre collapsed in the early 1990s.

- April 01, 2009

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