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Richard Vedder


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Richard K. Vedder is a policy advisor on economics to The Heartland Institute.

Richard K. Vedder is a policy advisor on economics to The Heartland Institute. He is co-author (with Lowell Gallaway) of The Independent Institute book, Out of Work, the recipient of both the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and Mencken Award Finalist for Best Book, and the Institute monograph, Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?

Professor Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and he has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, and he has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology. His other books include Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Poverty, Income Distribution, the Family and Public Policy (with L. Gallaway); Essays in Nineteenth Century Economic History; Essays in the Economy of the Old Northwest; Economic Impact of Government Spending: A Fifty State Analysis, and Variations in Business and Economic History. His hundreds of articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 2, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway, Peter Ferrara, Richard Vedder, Richard Ebeling, Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Frederick D. Palmer, Bette Grande, Walter Cunningham, Christopher Garbacz, Yuri Maltsev, Marc Morano, Tom Harris
"Government debt is a millstone around the neck of American taxpayers, and if left unaddressed, it’ll be a noose." -Jesse Hathaway
February 7, 2017
By Bruno Behrend, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, S. T. Karnick, Robert G. Holland, Larry Sand, Richard Vedder, Heather Kays, Sandra Stotsky, Dr. Duke Pesta
‘The status quo in American education must be broken, and Betsy DeVos is the first nominee for the Department of Education who might actually break it.’ – Bruno Behrend
October 11, 2016
By Jesse Hathaway, Richard Vedder
‘CFPB, created by lawmakers in a fit of panic called the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, has run amok for years, claiming to be above checks and balances.’ - Jesse Hathaway
September 25, 2014
By Richard Vedder, Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), Jane M. Orient, M.D., Jesse Hathaway
Eric Holder, who has served as U.S. Attorney General for the entire Obama presidency, publicly announced today he is stepping down. The following statements from experts at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution.
March 1, 2012
By Richard Vedder
This paper, written by Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder, examines how workers’ economic freedom is correlated with increased economic prosperity, and how Ohio’s labor policies are holding the state’s economy—and the state’s workers—from
December 16, 2010
By Richard Vedder
Executive SummaryColleges and universities are turning out graduates faster than America’s labor markets are creating jobs that traditionally have been reserved for those with degrees.
March 1, 1991
By Richard Vedder
This paper, authored by Ohio University economics professors Lowell Gallaway and Richard Vedder and Florida State University Robert Lawson, examines why labor force participation rates vary from state to state.

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