Texas Tech University

Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell

Professor of Economics

Energy Commerce & Business Economics

Room Number: NW307


Research Expertise

  • Political Economy
  • Immigration
  • Economic Development


  • PhD, Economics, George Mason University
  • BS, Finance and Economics, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Professor Powell frequently teaches global business economics and policy and occasionally teaches a graduate course in Austrian economics.

Professor Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press: 2014); the co-author of Wretched Refuse: The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions (Cambridge University Press: 2020); and the author of the Amazon best selling book Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World (Regnery 2019). He is editor or co-editor of five 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.

Powell's research findings have been cited more than 2,500 times in other scholarly studies and reported in hundreds of popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Economist. He also writes frequently for the popular press. His 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 and CNBC. He was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business's Freedom Watch and Stossel.