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: How Nancy MacLean went whistlin’Dixie

Authors: PW Magness


Title: Market-Based Measurement for School Achievement

Authors: C Surprenant, P Magness

Publication: Available at SSRN 2958022, 2017

Title: Nancy MacLean’s segregationist sins of omission… and commission

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Phillip W. Magness, 2017

Title: School vouchers and the inverse-Hirschman scenario

Authors: P Magness

Publication: Library of Economics and Liberty, 2017

Title: The Economic Eugenicism of John Maynard Keynes

Authors: PW Magness, SJ Hernandez

Publication: Journal of Markets and Morality, 2017