Phillip W. Magness is Senior Research Faculty and Research and Education Director at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also a researcher at the Independent Institute. He holds a Ph.D. and an MPP from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and a BA from the University of St Thomas (Houston).
Prior to joining AIER, Dr. Magnitude spent over a decade teaching public policy, economics and international trade at institutions including American University, George Mason University, and Berry College.
Magness’s work spans the economic history of the United States and the Atlantic world, with specializations in the economic dimensions of slavery and racial discrimination, the history of taxation, and the measurement of economic inequality over time. She also maintains an active research interest in higher education policies and the history of economic thought. In addition to his scholarship, Magness’s popular writings have appeared in numerous venues including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, National Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“How pronounced is the U-curve? Revisiting Income Inequality in the United States, 1917-1960 ”Written in collaboration with Vincent Geloso, Philip Schlosser and John Moore. The Economic Newspaper (March 2022)
“The Great Overestimation: Tax Data and Measurements of Inequality in the United States, 1913-1943”. Co-author with Vincent Geloso. Economic investigation (April 2020).
“The Anti-Discriminatory Tradition in Virginia School Public Choice Theory.” Public choice. James M. Buchanan centenary edition. (March 2020).
“John Maynard Keynes, HG Wells and a problematic utopia”. Co-authored with James Harrigan. History of political economy (Spring 2020)
“Detection of Historical Patterns of Inequality: A Replication of Thomas Piketty’s Wealth Concentration Estimates for the UK”. Quarterly of social sciences (Summer 2019)
“James M. Buchanan and the political economy of desegregation”, co-authored with Art Carden and Vincent Geloso. Southern Economic Newspaper (January 2019)
“Lincoln’s Oscillating State Strategy: Tariff Surrogates and Pennsylvania Elections of 1860” Pennsylvania History and Biography Magazine, (January 2019)
“Are adjuvants exploited ?: Some reasons for skepticism”. Co-authored with Jason Brennan. magazine of business ethics. (Spring 2017).
“Estimating the Cost of Additional Justice: A Case Study on University Business Ethics”. Co-authored with Jason Brennan. Business Ethics Journal. (January 2016)
“The American system and the political economy of black colonization”. Journal of the history of economic thought, (June 2015).
“The British Colony of Honduras: Black Emigration Support for Colonization in the Lincoln Presidency”. Slavery and abolition, 34-1 (March 2013)
“Morrill and the Disappeared Industries: Strategic Lobbying Behavior and Tariff of 1861”. Newspaper of the first republic29 (summer 2009).