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: Colonization and Its Discontents: Emancipation, Emigration, and Antislavery in Antebellum Pennsylvania

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Civil War History 59 (1), 106-108, 2013

Title: Lincoln, Colonization, and Evidentiary Standards: A Response to Allen C. Guelzo

Authors: P Magness, S Page

Publication: Guelzo (May 1, 2013), 2013

Title: Slaves for Hire: Renting Enslaved Laborers in Antebellum Virginia

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 121 (2), 184, 2013

Title: The British Honduras Colony: Black Emigrationist Support for Colonization in the Lincoln Presidency

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Slavery & Abolition 34 (1), 39-60, 2013

Title: Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: The North Carolina Historical Review 89 (3), 355-356, 2012

Title: Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement

Authors: PW Magness, SN Page

Publication: University of Missouri Press, 2011