Phillip W. Magness works at the Independent Institute. He was formerly the Senior Research Faculty and F.A. Hayek Chair in Economics and Economic History at the American Institute for Economic Research. He holds a PhD and MPP from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and a BA from the University of St. Thomas (Houston). Prior to joining AIER, Dr. Magness spent over a decade teaching public policy, economics, and international trade at institutions including American University, George Mason University, and Berry College. Magness’s work encompasses the economic history of the United States and Atlantic world, with specializations in the economic dimensions of slavery and racial discrimination, the history of taxation, and measurements of economic inequality over time. He also maintains an active research interest in higher education policy and the history of economic thought. His work has appeared in scholarly outlets including the Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Ethics. In addition to his scholarship, Magness’s popular writings have appeared in numerous venues including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, National Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Research Publications by Phillip W. Magness

Title: The Pejorative Origins of the Term Neoliberalism

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Harwood Economic Review, 2018

Title: The Progressive Legacy Rolls On: A Critique of Steinbaum and Weisberger on Illiberal Reformers

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Econ Journal Watch 15 (1), 20, 2018

Title: Two Treatises on Competitive Currency and Banking

Authors: L Spooner, PW Magness


Title: What the Hoax Papers Tell Us about the Decline of Academic Standards

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, November 28, 11, 2018

Title: 15. Challenging the Empirical Contribution of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century

Authors: PW Magness, RP Murphy

Publication: Anti-Piketty: Capital for the 21st Century, 101, 2017