Robert Higgs Archive

Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, author or editor of over fourteen Independent books, and Editor at Large of Independent’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.

Full Biography and Recent Publications

The Delusion of a Win-Win Trade War



The only way to win a trade war is not to fight one.

Two-way Trade in the “Same” Commodity



Government interference neglects the nuance of trade.

Want to “Steal Back” a Job Now Held by an Immigrant Worker?



Greetings, American friends, Do you hanker for a job putting roofs on houses in the hot summer sun, or cutting up carcasses (and your fingers) in a frigid meat or poultry packing plant, or doing manual labor on construction sites and roads in all kinds of weather, or cooking, bussing tables, and washing dishes...
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Johns Hopkins University: Launching Pad for My Fifty Years as a Professional Economist



Reflections on the university that bred success and sound economic thinking.

The Balance of International Payments Is Economic Nonsense



The nation-based “balance of international payments” accounting system is misleading and nonsensical.

On Coming to Grips with the Nature of the State



There is a critical disconnect between the ivory-tower conceptions and the reality of the modern state.

FinCEN Form 114—I’m Not the Criminal Here



FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is a mandatory report to the U.S. Treasury Department and is inherently intrusive.

U.S. War Making: What’s in It for You?



You pay for all of this endless death and destruction but you get less than nothing out of it.

Think Twice about Bringing Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs



People purport to want to bring back jobs in factories.

Statism’s First Casualty Is the Truthful Use of Language



Behind virtually every government proposal, program, or project, we find a misuse of language.

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