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Benjamin Powell Archive

Benjamin Powell is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Free Market Institute and Professor of Economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. His Independent books include Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development, Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (edited with Randall Holcombe), and The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy.
Full Biography and Recent Publications

Texas Tech Free Market Institute



In January I left Suffolk University to start the new Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. I remain affiliated as a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute and plan to continue my productive relationship with them well into the future. Since I’ve continued to write commentary for Independent some of you might have...
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Jobs Program Video: “How to Create a Job, Not Just Work”



I recently recorded a short video on “jobs” programs. Here it is:

Immigration Myths



Immigration is often a contentious public policy issue and there are legitimate hard questions that surround the issue. Unfortunately, all too often, public debate is centered around a few economic misconceptions people have about immigration instead of focusing on the tougher issues. Immigrants are not a drag on the economy, they don’t steal jobs...
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