Benjamin Powell, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Professor of Economics
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.
Professor 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 2019) 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.
Dr. 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.
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