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Robert Higgs

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

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Robert Higgs's Articles

Trade Barriers Hurt More People Than You Think

"For more than two centuries economists have been laboriously demonstrating how trade restrictions harm consumers in general and benefit protected domestic special interests in particular. And for just as long, of course, many if not most Americans have failed to understand the lesson or have chosen to disregard it, being bamboozled by the privileged special interests, their lobbyists, and their kept politicians."

- October 21, 2016

Imaginary Lines Are Irrelevant to the Economics of Trade

In terms of economic essentials, the benefits of international trade are no different from the trade that doesn't involve borders.

- September 27, 2016

These Are the Real Three Branches of Government

Can you find any significant government activity that does not require the government to threaten, bribe, or bamboozle?

- September 13, 2016

Don't Turn Great Thinkers into Cult Figures

When authorities speak outside the bounds of their genuine expertise, it is common for them to speak foolishly, and their audience ought to bear this reality in mind.

- September 01, 2016

When Government Schools Weren't Nearly So Bad

Back when public schools were still under local control, you could still get something resembling an education at one of them.

- July 14, 2016

The USA’s Three-Class Legal System

Yes, Americans purport to take great pride in possessing a system “of laws, not of men.” It’s a rotten system, but its rottenness bears with greatest force on those who occupy the periphery of American society, less on the "respectable" people of the middle class, and scarcely at all on the rich and politically powerful.

- July 08, 2016

I, Peach

A lesson in comparative advantage by economist Robert Higgs

- June 20, 2016

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