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Robert Whaples

Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University; Senior Fellow, Independent Institute


Robert Whaples, Professor of Economics, has taught at Wake Forest University since 1991. He is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and co-editor of The Independent Review, a quarterly journal which publishes scholarship at the intersection of economics, political science, history, law and philosophy. He has recently co-edited four books – Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity?, The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History, The Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History, and The Economic Crisis in Retrospect: Explanations by Great Economists. Another book he edited, on the political economy of Pope Francis, will be published next year. He is also book review editor for EH.Net, which runs a website dedicated to making economic and business history accessible to the public. He teaches Introduction to Economics at WFU, as well as courses in the economics of entrepreneurship, environmental/natural resource economics and current economic issues. His course Modern Economic Issues (2007), which includes 36 thirty-minute lectures, is available on CD and DVD from The Teaching.

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