The following AIER staff and scholars are made available to speak at any domestic Bastiat Society chapter. Requests from international chapters are considered on a case-by-case basis. (All speaker requests are subject to availability.)

Edward Stringham


Suggested Topic: “Private vs Public Governance”

Edward Peter Stringham is President of the American Institute for Economic Research, Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College, and editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise.

He is editor of two books and author of more than seventy journal articles, book chapters, and policy studies. His work has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Headline News, NPR, and MTV. A frequent guest on Fox and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal , in 2016 Rise Global ranked Stringham as the 77th most influential economist.


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Bob Hughes

Senior Research Fellow

Suggested Topic: “AIER’s Business Cycle Indicators”

Bob Hughes is a Senior Research Fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research. He joined AIER in 2013 following more than 25 years in economic and financial markets research on Wall Street.

Bob was formerly the head of Global Equity Strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman, where he developed equity investment strategy combining top-down macro analysis with bottom-up fundamentals.


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William Luther

William J. Luther
Director - Sound Money Project

Suggested Topics: Bitcoin, Monetary Policy

William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, director of the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. As of July 2018, he was ranked 21st on the Social Science Research Network’s Top 8,000 Economics Authors.

Luther’s research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange.

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Jeffrey A. Tucker

Editorial Director

Suggested Topics: Broad trade, Free Enterprise, Technology

Jeffrey Tucker is editorial director of the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also CEO of the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy, a managing partner of Vellum Capital, CLO of, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, economics adviser to, a research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, and author of eight books.

In addition to 8 books, he has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.


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Phillip W. Magness

Phil Magness
Senior Research Fellow

Suggested Topics: Tax Policy, Economic Inequality, Economics of Higher Education, United States Economic History

Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Phil is an economic historian whose work focuses on the United States and the broader Atlantic world. Phil’s research explores the intersection of history and political economy, including the 19th century, as well as longer term trends in the macroeconomy. Magness is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed book Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement (University of Missouri Press).


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Peter C. Earle

Research Fellow

Suggested Topics: Statelessness and Order, Financial Markets, Cryptocurrencies and Virtual Currencies, and the Accuracy of Economic and Financial Metrics (Morgenstern)

Peter C. Earle is an economist and writer who joined AIER in 2018 and prior to that spent over 20 years as a trader and analyst in global financial markets on Wall Street. His research focuses on financial markets, monetary issues, and economic history. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, NPR, and in numerous other publications. Pete holds an MA in Applied Economics from American University, an MBA (Finance), and a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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