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Darren Brady Nelson is an Austrian school economist who serves as the chief economist at LibertyWorks and as an associate scholar with the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Nelson is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

Since 1994, Nelson has worked as an economist in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States. Nelson’s work in economics has focused on the energy, finance, government, transportation, water, and telecommunications industries.

Nelson has also worked as a political and policy commentator since 2009. As a commentator, Nelson has written articles for numerous conservative and libertarian publications and think tanks, and he has appeared on countless podcasts, radio shows, and television programs.

He is the author of the book Ten Principles of Regulation & Reform (Connor Court 2017), and is frequent public speaker and media commentator.

Nelson has bachelor’s degree in economics (cum laude) from the Australian National University, where he majored in economic history. Nelson also earned a master’s degree in commerce (magna cum laude) from the University of New South Wales, where he majored in business law.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 28, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson
Let's do a statistical analysis of the priorities of Black Lives Matter in their own words.
May 29, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson
Trumpnomics is it's own unique mix of economics values. Darren Brady Nelson breaks down how this has worked for the United States.
May 13, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson
Policymakers and analysts generally agree that much work and many reforms are needed to repair, improve, and enhance infrastructure in America. But how, exactly, should these goals be achieved?
May 13, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson, Jim Lakely
Policymakers should look at how Australia decentralized its infrastructure management to create a similar system in the United States.
March 20, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson
What will the long-term effects of the coronavirus be? Darren Brady Nelson breaks it down and compares it to prohibition era bootlegging.

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