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Art Carden

Art Carden is Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

He is also a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, an Adjunct Program officer in Economics with the Institute for Humane Studies, a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.  Previously, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and he had the honor of teaching in summer programs sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Art's main areas of research are Southern Economic History, development economics and the effects of “Big Box” retailers like Walmart and Costco. Art's research has appeared in journals like the Journal of Urban Economics, Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy and Business and Politics. He regularly contributes commentaries to and the Washington Examiner as well as on,, and He also has been interviewed and used as an expert in newspapers like the Tennessean, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Orlando Business Journal and numerous other media outlets.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 22, 2021
By Art Carden
The “embargo” story also doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in light of Marxish claims about imperialism and free trade.
September 3, 2019
By Art Carden
Category 4 Hurricane Dorian, with winds reaching 140 miles per hour, is creeping toward Florida.
August 30, 2019
By Art Carden
Chinese economic liberalization has been responsible for the biggest mass movement out of extreme poverty in human history.
August 12, 2019
By Art Carden
A new paper forthcoming in the journal American Economic Review: Insights estimates the effect of trade with China on American consumers and shows us what we stand to lose if we don't end the trade war.

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