Robert P. Murphy

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and author of the widely acclaimed book, Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute. Murphy received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Previous positions include Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, Visiting Scholar at New York University, Research Analyst at Laffer Associates, and Senior Fellow in Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. He runs the blog, Free Advice, and is also the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, The Study Guide to Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, The Human Action Study Guide, The Study Guide to The Theory of Money & Credit by Ludwig von Mises, and Lessons for the Young Economist. He has also written hundreds of economics articles for the layperson, has given numerous radio and television interviews on such outlets as Fox Business and CNBC, and is active on Twitter (@BobMurphyEcon).

Recent Research by Robert P. Murphy

— Feb 13, 2020
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Managing the Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing, 2020, finds that the actual harm to human welfare from hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is extremely low, and dispels several myths about fracking and its effects.

— Mar 12, 2019
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Canada’s Rising Personal Tax Rates and Falling Tax Competitiveness (2019)

Canada’s Rising Personal Tax Rates and Falling Tax Competitiveness finds that Canadian workers across the income spectrum—and across the country—pay significantly higher personal income taxes than their American counterparts. In fact, at incomes of $50,000, $150,000 and $300,000, among all 61 provinces and states in Canada and the U.S., the 10 highest combined personal income tax rates are in the 10 Canadian provinces.

— Feb 27, 2019
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Carbon Pricing in Alberta

Carbon Pricing in Alberta finds that the province’s carbon tax is unlikely to meaningfully reduce global carbon emissions. Crucially, Alberta’s carbon tax doesn’t replace existing regulations, is not revenue neutral and the government plans to continue subsidizing carbon-emitting alternatives, all of which distort the market pressures a tax would place on emissions, thus negating the theoretical benefits of a pricing scheme.