Joseph Salerno

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Joseph T. Salerno
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Born 1950
Nationality American
Institution Lubin Business School of Pace University
School or tradition
Austrian School
Alma mater Rutgers University
Influences Murray Rothbard

Joseph T. Salerno (born 1950) is an American Austrian School economist who is Professor of Economics, Chair of the economics graduate program in the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He earned his B.A. at Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

Early life

Salerno's parents immigrated to the United States from Italy. As a child, he observed his "New Deal Democrat" father's disdain for a visiting relative from Italy who declared himself a member of the communist party there. Salerno said that following the incident, he became a supporter of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential candidacy and a "full-fledged Goldwaterite."[1] Thereafter, Salerno decided that he wanted to study economics. As an undergraduate at Boston College, he read an article written by Murray Rothbard and adopted what he describes as "the pure libertarian position... anarchocapitalism." This, he stated, led to his interest in the Austrian School.[2]

Career in economics

Salerno has published over 50 scholarly articles and books and is the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is a recognized expert on monetary theory and policy, international monetary reform, and Austrian economics and has testified before the United States Congress on the topics of inflation and of reserve fractional reserve banking.

He has also published numerous op-eds online at,, Christian Science, Wall Street, and Economic Policy He is frequently interviewed on broadcast and online radio programs including Bloomberg Radio and has appeared on CSPAN, Fox News, and the Fox Business Networis.[3] Salerno's theories have been explicated by Israel Kirzner in a survey of Austrian thought on entrepreneurship.[4]



  1. Salerno, Joseph. "It Usually Ends With Murray Rothbard." 23 June 2005.[1]
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  4. Kirzner, Israel M.. "Entrepreneurial Discovery and the Competitive Market Process: An Austrian Approach." Journal of Economic Literature. March 1997. [2]

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