Richard Ebeling

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Richard Ebeling
Born (1950-01-30) January 30, 1950 (age 74)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality American
Field Austrian Economics
School or tradition
Austrian School

Richard M. Ebeling (/ˈɛbəlɪŋ/; born January 30, 1950) is an American libertarian author, and was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 2003 to 2008.

Ebeling is currently the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

He has written and edited numerous books, including the three-volume Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises (Liberty Fund). His most recent works are Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition, (Routledge, 2010), and Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003). He is the co-author and co-editor of, In Defense of Capitalism (5 vols.).[1]


Ebeling received his B.A. degree in economics from California State University, Sacramento, his M.A. degree in economics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Middlesex University in London, UK.[2]

He served as a lecturer at University College Cork, Ireland, from 1981 to 1983, as an assistant professor at the University of Dallas from 1984 to 1988, and then as the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College from 1988 to 2003.[3]

From 1989 to 2003, he also served as vice president of academic affairs for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Ebeling was named president of Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in May 2003,[4] and announced in April 2008 that he was resigning his position to return to teaching. From 2004 to 2005, Ebeling served as an Adjunct Professor at The King's College in New York City. He also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.[5]

He was the Shelby C. Davis Visiting Professor in American Economic History and Entrepreneurship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (2008–2009) and a senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (2008–2009). Ebeling was a professor of economics at Northwood University (2009-2014)in Midland, Michigan.[6]

Ebeling is also noted to have discovered lost papers of the Austrian economist and classical liberal, Ludwig von Mises in a formerly secret Soviet archive.[7] Looted by the Nazis from his Vienna apartment in 1938, Mises' papers were captured by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War. Following the documents discovery and translation, Ebeling edited and published the three volume series Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises.[8]

Ebeling received the “Franz Cuhel Award for Excellence in Free Market Education” presented by the Liberální Institute (Prague, 2007)[9] and the “Liberty in Theory: Lifetime Award” presented by Libertarian Alliance/Libertarian International (London, 2005). He has also twice been a Hayek Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies (1975, 1977).

See also

  • The Freeman – a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education


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