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Mark Thornton

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Works Published inReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Austrian Economics NewsletterSpeeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Free MarketArticles of Interest

AwardsO.P. Alford III Prize in Political Economy

Mark Thornton is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. His publications include The Economics of Prohibition (1991), Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War (2004), The Quotable Mises (2005), The Bastiat Collection (2007), An Essay on Economic Theory (2010), The Bastiat Reader (2014), and The Skyscraper Curse and How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Crisis of the Last Century (2018).

Dr. Thornton served as the editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies and several other academic journals. He has served as a member of the graduate faculties of Auburn University and Columbus State University. He has also taught economics at Auburn University at Montgomery and Trinity University in Texas. Mark served as Assistant Superintendent of Banking and economic adviser to Governor Fob James of Alabama (1997-1999), and he was awarded the University Research Award at Columbus State University in 2002. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and received his PhD in economics from Auburn University. In 2014, he debated in opposition to the "War on Drugs" at Oxford Union.

Dr. Thornton has been featured in American Spectator, Barron's, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Forbes, Investors' Business Daily, Le Monde, New York Post, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Economic Times (India), Financial Times (Norway), and Tejarat-e-Farda (Iran). He has also had regular multiple appearances on Russia Today and Press TV

His editorials and interviews have appeared in the following leading regional newspapers: Apple Daily (Hong Kong), Atlanta Constitution, Birmingham News, Business Alabama, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle, Mobile Press Register, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Montgomery Advertiser, New York Post, Orange County Register, Richmond Times Dispatch, Tampa Tribune, and the Washington Times

His commentary appears regularly in the Mises Daily and the Mises Wire. He also appears regularly on "Boom-Bust," "RT," "Butler on Business," "Tom Woods Show," "Thom Hartmann Show," "Scott Horton Show," "Press TV and "Freedom Works."

All Works

Minimum Wage

Austrian Economics OverviewInterventionism

07/16/2019Audio/Video
Presented at Mises University 2019.
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Markets Can Give Us Both Greater Income Equality and Greater Economic Growth

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

Blog07/15/2019

The modern norm is that economic growth causes measured income inequality to increase. But to  have greater income equality and greater economic growth. It simply requires more free market policies and less government interventionism.

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Review: Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn’t

Taxes and Spending

06/27/2019Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
Mark Thornton reviews Alesina, Favero, and Giavazzi's book, which argues that austerity plans based on tax increases fare much worse than plans based on reducing expenditures.
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Harvard Economics is Changing

Economics at Harvard is changing for the worst.

06/26/2019Power & Market
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Richard Cantillon As a Proto-Austrian

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsMoney and BankingProduction Theory

06/23/2019Audio/Video
Jeff Deist and Mark Thornton discuss the works of one of the fathers of modern economics: Richard Cantillon.
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