David R. Henderson

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David R. Henderson giving a talk at Rockford College in February 2011
David Richard Henderson

(1950-11-21) November 21, 1950 (age 68)
Nationality Canadian-born American
Institution Naval Postgraduate School
Field Economics
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (MA) (PhD)
University of Winnipeg (B.Sc)
Influences Milton Friedman, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand

David R. Henderson (born November 21, 1950) is a Canadian-born American economist and author who moved to the United States in 1972 and became a U.S. citizen in 1986, serving on President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984. [1] A research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution [2] since 1990, he took a teaching position with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 1984, and is now a full professor of economics. [3]

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Henderson earned his B.Sc (1970) from the University of Winnipeg, followed by his M.A. and Ph.D.(1976) in Economics from UCLA. [4] Henderson's areas of scholarly interest include microeconomics, cost–benefit analysis, health economics, energy economics, and the economics of taxation. [5]


A friend of economist Milton Friedman since they first met at the University of Chicago in 1970, Henderson took his advice to, "make politics an avocation, not a vocation," pursuing a career course that led to earning a Ph.D. in economics. [6] Henderson first taught at the University of Rochester, Graduate School of Management, from 1975 to 1979. Next, he took a position at San Francisco-based Cato Institute from 1979-1980, and then a short stint at Santa Clara University from 1980 to 1981. [7] In 1982 Henderson joined President Reagan's administration as a senior economist with the Council of Economic Advisers, serving as senior economist for health policy from 1982 to 1984 and then senior economist for energy policy from 1983 to 1984. [8] Henderson is one of the main economists blogging on socioeconomic issues at EconLog, along with Bryan Caplan, which The Wall Street Journal has designated as one of the top 25 economics blogs in the country. [9]

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Henderson has written hundreds of articles for well-known publications as The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, Forbes , Los Angeles Times , Chicago Tribune , Barron's , Fortune , The Freeman , The Public Interest , and The Christian Science Monitor . Henderson was the economics editor for the National Review the "Wartime Economist" for Antiwar.com and a contributing editor for Reason magazine [10] He is a Senior Fellow with the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute. [11] He has appeared on C-SPAN , The O'Reilly Factor , CNN , MSNBC, RT, [12] the Jim Lehrer Newshour and the John Stossel TV show, along with numerous radio shows and interviews with the BBC , KQED-FM , NPR and local radio affiliates. Henderson has travelled to Washington D.C. to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. A number of his research articles have appeared in scholarly journals, including Journal of Monetary Economics , The Independent Review , Cato Journal , Regulation , Journal of Policy Analysis and Management , The Energy Journal , and Contemporary Economic Policy . A number of his books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Russian.

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On February 3, 2014, Henderson was invited by Naval War College to speak at a special morning session at the Hoover Institution, where he chose the topic of making the case for a non-interventionist foreign policy as an economist. [13]

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  6. David R. Henderson, "Milton Friedman: A Tribute", Antiwar.com, November 20, 2006
  7. Naval Postgraduate School website Retrieved February 9, 2017
  8. Dwight R. Lee, editor, Public Choice, Past and Present: The Legacy of James M. Buchanan and Gordon, New York, NY, Springer, 2013, p. xiv
  9. "Top 25 Economics Blogs: The Wall Street Journal's economics bureau sifted through the sea of economics blogs and determined the top 25, with five honorable mentions. (Listed in alphabetical order.)" July 16, 2009
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  12. RT interview
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