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Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins is the research director for The Heartland Institute.

In conjunction with other department directors, Hudgins sets the organization’s research agenda and priorities; works with in-house and outside scholars to produce policy studies, policy briefs, and books; contributes his own research; and works with Heartland staff to promote Heartland’s work.

Before joining Heartland, Hudgins was the director of advocacy and a senior scholar at The Atlas Society, which promotes the philosophy of reason, freedom, and individualism developed by Ayn Rand in works like Atlas Shrugged.  His latest Atlas Society book was The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win?

While at The Atlas Society, Hudgins developed a “Human Achievement” project to promote the synergy between the values and optimism of entrepreneurial achievers working on exponential technologies and the values of friends of freedom.

Prior to this, Hudgins was the director of regulatory studies and editor of Regulation magazine at the Cato Institute. There, he produced two books on Postal Service privatization, a book titled Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, and a book titled Space: The Free-Market Frontier.

Before this, Hudgins was a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, specializing in trade and regulatory issues.

Hudgins also worked at The Heritage Foundation as deputy director for domestic policy studies, and as director of the Center for International Economic Growth, where he pioneered the concept of an Index of Economic Freedom.

Hudgins has appeared on major TV networks, including CSPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The History Channel, and CNN, and his op-eds have been featured in papers like the Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hudgins has a B.A. in government from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in political theory from American University, and a Ph.D. in political philosophy and international political economy from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at universities in the United States and Germany.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 2, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
New Policy Brief by The Heartland Institute Examines the Numerous Benefits of ‘Free to Choose Medicine’
April 30, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
This Policy Brief argues an FTCM approach, by collecting real-world data on the effects of new drugs, would provide more patients with access to potentially life-saving drugs, and it would do so faster and more efficiently than the current FDA system.
April 29, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
Does getting real mean taking up the recommendations from the Trump administration’s 2018 task force on 'United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward'?
March 8, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
This Policy Brief will outline the need to speed up treatments and cures for these and other diseases, which is as critical now as the need to facilitate the development and delivery of medications for AIDS/HIV sufferers was three decades ago.
March 7, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Edward Hudgins
ALSO: 95% of Voters Believe Patients and Doctors, not Bureaucrats, Should Be Most Responsible for Treatment Decisions
January 30, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
Portfolio managers to invest their clients money based on sustainable investment criteria may cost their clients money and be violating their fiduciary duties.
June 20, 2018
By Edward Hudgins
The twenty-first century might well see medical innovations that could rid humanity of crippling and deadly illnesses, extending the healthy lifetimes of all by decades.
October 10, 2017
By James H. Rust, Edward Hudgins
"From the Ashes" could have undone some of the damage caused by Gore’s movies and other recent movies that mislead rather than inform viewers. It is a shame that its producers had a different agenda.

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