Blogger Bios

Bryan Caplan

Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, has been blogging for EconLog since 2005. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, and The Case Against Education. Caplan is currently collaborating with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith on Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration, a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration, and writing a new book, Poverty: Who To Blame.


David R. Henderson

David Henderson is Emeritus Professor of Economics with the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute. Henderson was the Senior Economist for Health Policy and Energy Policy with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. Henderson has also been on the faculty of Santa Clara University and the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

He has written in a wide range of scholarly publications and has published over 300 articles and book reviews in magazines and newspapers, including, the Wall Street JournalFortune, the Red Herring, the FreemanReason, and Regulation. One of his specialties is making economics understandable to non-economists. He has written, edited, or co-authored four books, including The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2008). He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Service Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.  He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, BBC, CBC, RT, NPR, and C-SPAN. In 1984, he won the Mencken Award for Best Investigative Journalism Article.



Scott Sumner

Scott Sumner is the Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair of Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is the director of the Program on Monetary Policy. He is also Professor Emeritus at Bentley University and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. In his writing and research, Sumner specializes in monetary policy, the role of the international gold market in the Great Depression, and the history of macroeconomic thought.  In 2015 he published “The Midas Paradox: Financial Markets, Government Policy Shocks, and the Great Depression.” He is co-author of a principles of economics textbook, which will be published by Macmillan in 2019.

Sumner has published papers in academic journals including the Journal of Political EconomyEconomic Inquiry, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. He is author of the economics blog The Money Illusion and is a contributor to EconLog. His work has appeared in media outlets such as the New York TimesWall Street Journal, BBC, CNBC, The EconomistFinancial TimesPoliticoThe National Interest, Washington Post, and The American.

Sumner received his PhD and MA in economics from the University of Chicago and his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin.


Alberto Mingardi

Alberto Mingardi is Director General of the Italian free-market think tank, Istituto Bruno Leoni. He is also assistant professor of the history of political thought at IULM University in Milan and a Presidential Scholar in Political Theory at Chapman University. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Cato Institute. He blogs at EconLog.



Pierre Lemieux

Pierre Lemieux is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, Professor of Economics at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (Canada), and co-chairman of the GREL (Groupe de Recherche Économie et Liberté). His books include The Idea of America (with William Bonner), La souveraineté de l’individu, Apologie des sorcières modernesLe droit de porter des armes, and Smoking and Liberty: Government and Public Health. A regular columnist for the Financial Post and Western Standard, he has directed numerous conferences and published many articles in international journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street JournalMD CanadaThe GazetteToronto Globe and MailThe Independent ReviewRegulationTech Central StationOttawa CitizenThe FreemanNational Post, and Liberty.