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|Education||AB from Princeton University; J.D. from Harvard Law School|
|Notable credit(s)||Cato Institute's vice president for research; editor of Cato Unbound, a monthly web magazine; contributing editor at Reason magazine; frequent guest on BloggingHeads.tv|
Brink Lindsey is a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. He was the Cato Institute's vice president for research and also editor of Cato Unbound, a monthly web magazine. From 1998 to 2004, he was director of Cato's Center for Trade Policy Studies, helping to make it a leading voice for free trade. An attorney with extensive experience in international trade regulation, Lindsey was formerly director of regulatory studies at Cato and senior editor of Regulation magazine.
He is a contributing editor at Reason magazine and a frequent discussion guest on BloggingHeads.tv and often moderates Cato panel discussions. A registered Republican and self-proclaimed libertarian, he endorsed Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has written on a broad range of topics including trade, economic growth, cultural division, economic inequality, the nature of IQ scores, and helicopter parents.
In August, 2012, Lindsey authored the first original eBook ever published by Princeton University Press, an electronic release of Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth has Made Us Smarter -- and More Unequal. The release of the eBook ahead of the expanded hardcover eventually published the following year was speculated to have occurred so that the book might reach its audience before the 2012 U.S. presidential election. The book focuses on human capital, and its relationship to both economic growth and social divisions. Lindsey has summarized the book's concept of human capital by saying, "When I say we’re getting smarter, what I really mean is we are becoming more fluent in highly abstract ways of thinking. Abstraction is the master strategy for coping with complexity: broad categories and general rules are the mental shortcuts we use to keep information overload at bay."
The Age of Abundance
In this book Lindsey wrote on the nature of American prosperity in the latter half of the twentieth century, and the effects of affluence on American culture. In an interview about the book on The Daily Show, Lindsey described its examination of how, in his view, the U.S.'s Post-World War II economic expansion "triggered the cultural convulsion of the sixties and seventies," going on to claim that environmentalism, feminism, and many other facets of cultural change could not have occurred without economic prosperity in place. Lindsey considers these changes in American culture in the context of modern left-right politics, arguing that "On the left gathered those who were most alive to the new possibilities created by mass affluence but who, at the same time, were hostile to the social institutions responsible for creating those possibilities. On the right, meanwhile, rallied those who staunchly supported the institutions that created prosperity but who shrank from the social dynamism they were unleashing."
- Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter--and More Unequal. (2013) ISBN 069115732.
- The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture. (2007) ISBN 0-06-074766-8.
- Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. (2003) ISBN 1-930865-48-1. (with Daniel J. Ikenson).
- Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism. (2003) ISBN 0-471-44277-1.
- BrinkLindsey.com, personal homepage
- Cato Institute profile on Lindsey
- Cato Unbound, Cato's Online Monthly Magazine
- Video interviews & discussions that Lindsey has taken part in on Bloggingheads.tv
- Roberts, Russ (March 30, 2009). "Brink Lindsey on the Age of Abundance". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.