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 Great Was the’Great Leveling’? Improved Measures of Inequality in the United States

Authors: V Geloso, P Magness, J Moore, P Schlosser


Title: How the 1619 Project Rehabilitates the “King Cotton” Thesis

Authors: P Magness

Publication: National Review, 2019

Title: Inequality, prosperity, and fiscal policy: A case for caution in interpreting income distributions

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: The International Trade Journal 33 (1), 16-30, 2019

Title: James M. Buchanan and the political economy of desegregation

Authors: PW Magness, A Carden, V Geloso

Publication: Southern Economic Journal 85 (3), 715-741, 2019

Title: Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages ed. by Lucas E. Morel

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 86 (4), 571-576, 2019

Title: Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816-1861

Authors: PW Magness

Publication: The Historian 81 (4), 679-681, 2019