Texas Tech University

Benjamin Powell, Ph.D.

Executive Director and Professor of Economics

Dr. Benjamin Powell, Director

Benjamin Powell is the executive director of the Free Market Institute and a professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University.

Prof. Powell is a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute, and the secretary-treasurer of the Southern Economic Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He earned his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Prof. Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-author of Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World (Regnery Publishing, 2019) and Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and editor or co-editor of four other books including The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is author of more than 75 scholarly articles and policy studies.

Prof. Powell's research findings have been reported in hundreds of popular press outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also writes frequently for the popular press. His popular writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, The Dallas Morning News and many other outlets. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business Network's Freedom Watch and Stossel.

For more information about Prof. Powell, please visit www.benjaminwpowell.com or his Social Science Research Network (SSRN) page: Benjamin Powell.

Recent Publications

Powell, B. & Brennan, J. (Forthcoming). The Ethics of Doing Business with Illegal Immigrants. The Independent Review.

Boettke, P. J. & Powell, B. (2021). The Political Economy of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Southern Economic Journal, 87(4): 1090-1106.

Bologna Pavlik, J., Lujan Padilla, E. & Powell, B. (2021). Simpler Evidence on Immigration and Institutions: An Assessment. Econ Journal Watch, 18(1): 21-34.

Nowrasteh, A. & Powell, B. (2020). Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions. Cambridge University Press.

Lawson, R., Murphy, R., & Powell, B. (2020). The Determinants of Economic Freedom: A Survey. Contemporary Economic Policy, 38(4): 622-642.

Lawson, R. & Powell, B. (2019). Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World. Regnery.

Forrester, A. C., Powell, B., Nowrasteh, A., & Landgrave, M. (2019). Do Immigrants Import Terrorism? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 166: 529-543.

Powell, B. (2019). Solving the Misesian Migration Conundrum. Review of Austrian Economics, 32(3): 205-213.

Clark, J. R. & Powell, B. (2019). The ‘Minimal' State Reconsidered: Governance on the Margin. Review of Austrian Economics, 32(2): 119-130.

Bologna Pavlik, J., Lujan Padilla, E. & Powell, B. (2019). Cultural Baggage: Do Immigrants Import Corruption? Southern Economic Journal, 85(4): 1243-1261.

Recent Op-Eds and Short Articles

July 17, 2021 — How Mass Immigration Stopped American SocialismReason Magazine

July 15, 2021 — The best way to support Cuban protesters is ending the embargoThe Hill

July 12, 2021 — Would Immigrants Destroy our Freedoms?Cato Unbound

June 9, 2021 — America needs private investment - not public infrastructureThe Hill

March 10, 2021 — The Reopening in Texas Follows the Science: Economic ScienceReal Clear Markets

March 2, 2021 — Support Cuba's emerging market economy by ending the blockadeThe Hill

January 26, 2021 — Biden's immigration reforms deserve conservatives' supportWashington Examiner

November 8, 2020 — For Better Health and a Stronger Economy, Don't Lock Down Again National Review

September 24, 2020 — Re-fund, don't defund, the policeThe Hill

July 29, 2020 — Economic recovery requires the government to stop what it's doingThe Hill

June 6, 2020 — US should invite Hong Kongers to AmericaThe Hill

May 6, 2020 — Don't stop immigration, expand visas for healthcare workersWashington Examiner

April 29, 2020 — United States Needs Freedom, Not FascismAIER Daily Economy News

April 18, 2020 — Governments Can't Plan Economy's ReopeningThe Orange County Register

April 15, 2020 — The Key Indicator for Reopening the Economy Is Hospital CapacityThe Beacon

March 12, 2020 — Bernie Sanders should take a closer look at Cuba's lack of accomplishmentsThe Washington Times

February 23, 2020 — Time to end trade warsThe Seattle Times

January 13, 2020 — Democratic Socialism: Straight Talk About Twisted FactsCorporate Learning Network

December 18, 2019 — Christmas tariffs for SantaThe Hill

November 12, 2019 — Those shaming Amazon about Bangladeshi factories should be ashamed of themselvesWashington Examiner

September 18, 2019 — China's Crackdown on Think Tank Illustrates Importance of Hong Kong ProtestsThe Epoch Times

Recent Radio and Podcast Interviews

June 21, 2021 — The Capitalist/Socialist Beer Index, with Benjamin PowellThe 12 (Southbank Investment Research)

February 26, 2021 — Ep. 183 Ben Powell Argues that Immigrants Don't Threaten LibertyThe Bob Murphy Show

June 19, 2020 — Ben Powell on Free Talk Live - National Debt 26T — Free Talk Live

May 27, 2020 — El Socialismo Apesta...y Siempre Fracasa (Socialism Sucks and Always Fails) — Econintech

May 6, 2020 — COVID-19 Edition: Episode 5FreeSpeak

April 22, 2020 — Ben Powell Says Governments Need to Liberate the EconomyThe Chad Hasty Show — KFYO News/Talk 790 AM

October 9, 2019 — George Will to Appear at Texas Tech on ThursdayThe Chad Hasty Show — KFYO News/Talk 790 AM

Recent Television Interviews and Appearances

February 9, 2021 —5 Socialism Myths Part 2 — Stossel TV

February 2, 2021 —5 Socialism Myths Part 1 — Stossel TV

June 16, 2020 — After Words with Dinesh D'Souza — C-SPAN2 Book TV

April 24, 2020 — CrossTalk on the Economy, Quarantine Edition: V, U, or LRT News

September 3, 2019 — Economist argues that socialism ruins 'everything'Kennedy

Contact

Email: benjamin.powell@ttu.edu
Phone: (806) 834-3097
Offices: 165 Administration
NW308 Rawls College of Business

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