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Senior Research Fellow

Dave Rose is a Senior Research Fellow at AIER, an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was formerly Senior Fellow and Vice President for Curriculum at the Common Sense Society. For 14 years he was president of The Discussion Club. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Economics from Missouri State University.

Dave has published empirical and theoretical scholarly articles in a wide range of areas and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Weldon Spring Foundation, the HFL Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Templeton Foundation. In recent years his work has increasingly focused on how moral beliefs provide the basis for the cultural foundation of free societies by supporting institutions like the rule of law, property rights, contracts and their enforcement, and the presumptive extension of trust. His book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior, was selected one of CHOICE’s outstanding titles of 2012. His newest book, Why Culture Matters Most, is also from Oxford University Press. His most recent work provides an account of the coevolution of rationality, cooperation, property, and freedom.

Dave also frequently contributes to policy debates through podcast, radio, and television interviews, as well as in Op-Eds on topics ranging from social security, monetary policy, fiscal policy, judicial philosophy, the rule of law, education reform, healthcare reform, and freedom of speech.