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Tom Velk (Thomas James Velk) is a libertarian-leaning American economist who teaches and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the chair of the North American studies program at McGill University and a professor in that university's economics department. His research interests are in monetary economics and public policy, specifically the de-regulation of money markets and the usefulness (or not) of central banks. [1]

Libertarianism is a collection of political philosophies and movements that uphold liberty as a core principle. Libertarians seek to maximize political freedom and autonomy, emphasizing freedom of choice, voluntary association and individual judgment. Libertarians share a skepticism of authority and state power, but they diverge on the scope of their opposition to existing economic and political systems. Various schools of libertarian thought offer a range of views regarding the legitimate functions of state and private power, often calling for the restriction or dissolution of coercive social institutions.

McGill University English-language university in Montreal, Quebec

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Economics Social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services

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Velk holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He has edited a number of books on Canadian and American public policy issues. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Governors of the American Federal Reserve System as a visiting professor and consultant (1969–72), and worked for the World Bank. [2] In 1982-3 Velk was a visiting scholar at the department of economics at Dartmouth College and in 1974 served as a consultant to the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress.

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Velk is a regular contributor to media coverage of economic issues, writing a recurring column, "From the Right", for CBC News Viewpoint in 2005-6. [2] Velk has also written for The Wall Street Journal , the Canadian Forum , The Globe and Mail , Financial Post , Montreal Gazette , Le Devoir , and the CBC. [1]

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He currently resides in North Troy, Vermont. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thomas Velk (profile)". McGill University. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  2. 1 2 Tom Velk (2006). "From the Right". CBC News. Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011.