March 6, 2008 – Benjamin Powell

March 6, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Benjamin Powell
Research Fellow, The Independent Institute

In Defense of a Free Market in Labor

Benjamin Powell is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, and Professor of Economics at Suffolk University. Dr. Powell received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

He’s been assistant professor of economics at San Jose State University, a fellow with the Mercatus Center’s Global Prosperity Initiative, and a visiting research fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research.

You can read some of his papers online.

Dr. Powell is the author of Housing Supply and Affordability and editor ofMaking Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development.

He’s contributed to numerous volumes, and his scholarly research has been published in such journals as Cato JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationJournal of Law, Economics and Public PolicyReview of Austrian Economics; and Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

Dr. Powell’s popular articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and web sites, including Investor’s Business DailyThe Washington Post,, the Boston Herald, and many city business journals.

He’s appeared on shows CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and has debated economic issues on numerous radios shows.

His academic research findings have been reported in The Wall Street JournalInvestor’s Business Daily and over one hundred regional papers such as the San Francisco Chronicle,The San Jose Mercury News, and The Miami Herald.

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