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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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June 20, 2019
By Art Carden
The Green New Deal (GND) has been costed at almost $100 trillion by very knowledgeable experts, or about half of total gross national product over the ten years involved.
June 17, 2019
By Art Carden
There's the simple fact that scoring a goal in the World Cup fulfills a lifelong dream for the players. Who wouldn't be overjoyed?
June 5, 2019
By Art Carden
It's done: one month and twenty-two movies later, my kids and I have watched all of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/"Avengers" series, from the original Iron Man through Avengers: Endgame.
May 31, 2019
By Art Carden
Watch for this phrase in your social media feeds: “these people.”

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