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 danger of deplorable reactions

Authors: PW Magness, A Carden, I Murtazashvili

Publication: WH Hutt on liberalism, populism, and the constitutional political economy of …, 2022

Title: The Hyperpoliticization of Higher Ed: Trends in Faculty Political Ideology, 1969–Present


Publication: Independent Review 27 (3), 2022

Title: The Mainstreaming of Marx: Measuring the Effect of the Russian Revolution on Karl Marx’s Influence

Authors: P Magness, M Makovi

Publication: Journal of Political Economy, 2022

Title: Understanding the exceptional pre-vaccination era East Asian COVID-19 outcomes

Authors: J Bhattacharya, P Magness, M Kulldorff

Publication: Advances in Biological Regulation, 100916, 2022

Title: Coining Neoliberalism: Interwar Germany and the Neglected Origins of a Pejorative Moniker

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Journal of Contextual Economics–Schmollers Jahrbuch 141 (3), 189-214, 2021

Title: Consumer Sovereignty and WH Hutt’s Critique of the Colour Bar

Authors: PW Magness, A Carden, I Murtazashvili

Publication: Working paper, 2021