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: “William Leggett: Free Trade, Hard Money, and Abolitionism”(July 2019)

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Liberty Fund: Adam Smith Works, 2019

Title: A Comment the ‘New’History of American Capitalism

Authors: P Magness

Publication: Available at SSRN 3438828, 2019

Title: Abraham Lincoln’s Swing State Strategy: Tariff Surrogates and the Pennsylvania Election of 1860

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 143 (1), 5-32, 2019

Title: Cracks in the ivory tower: The moral mess of higher education

Authors: J Brennan, P Magness

Publication: Oxford University Press, 2019

Title: Detecting Historical Inequality Patterns: A Replication of Thomas Piketty’s Wealth Concentration Estimates for the United Kingdom

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Social Science Quarterly 100 (5), 1566-1576, 2019

Title: Fact Checking the 1619 Project and Its Critics

Authors: P Magness

Publication: American Institute for Economic Research, December 23, 2019