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: James Mitchell and the Mystery of the Emigration Office Papers

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 32 (2), 50-62, 2011

Title: Rules of the Game: How Government Works and Sometimes Doesn’t

Authors: P Magness, P Weissburg

Publication: The Modern Scholar, 2011

Title: From tariffs to the income tax: Trade protection and revenue in the United States tax system

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: George Mason University, 2010

Title: Lincoln on Race and Slavery

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 108 (4), 408-411, 2010

Title: Constitutional tariffs, incidental protection, and the Laffer relationship in the early United States

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Constitutional Political Economy 20 (2), 2009

Title: Morrill and the Missing Industries: Strategic Lobbying Behavior and the Tariff, 1858-1861

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Journal of the Early Republic 29 (2), 287-329, 2009