The Independent Review

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The Independent Review  
Discipline Public policy, political science, political economy
Language English
Edited by Robert Higgs, Christopher Coyne, Michael Munger, Robert Whaples[1]
Publication details
The Independent Institute (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1086-1653
OCLC no. 728403604

The Independent Review (TIR), subtitled A Journal of Political Economy, is a peer-reviewed quarterly interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of political economy and the critical analysis of government policy. It is published by The Independent Institute, a Right-libertarian think tank in the United States, and the articles it publishes are generally written from a Right-libertarian perspective.[2] The journal was created in 1996.[2]


TIR publishes issues quarterly. All current and past issues are available for free on the website.[2] Individuals and institutions can also subscribe to the print version of the publication.[3]

Manuscripts may be submitted by email as Microsoft Word documents of length at most 10,000 words and conforming to TIR's style guidelines.[4]


TIR was created in 1996. Until 2013, Robert Higgs was the chief editor. In 2013, Higgs switched to the role of Editor at Large and Christopher Coyne, Michael Munger, and Robert Whaples took over the job, with Whaples as the Managing Editor.[2][1][5][6]

Editorial board[edit]

Robert Higgs serves as Editor at Large, while Robert Whaples is the Managing Editor. The other two chief editors are Christopher Coyne and Michael Munger.[1][5][6] Contributing editors include Steve Hanke, Timur Kuran, Loren Lomasky, and others.[1] The board of advisors includes Richard Epstein, Deepak Lal, Deirdre McCloskey, Bruce Yandle, Leland Yeager, and others.[1]


TIR has been praised by many economists, political scientists, and public policy wonks including Gary Becker, Julian Simon, David Frum, and William Niskanen.[7] It was also listed by Walter Block in a list of "Austro-libertarian movement journals" published on the website of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.[8]

Individual articles in TIR are frequently shared and discussed on blogs related to economics, libertarianism, and public policy.[9][10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Staff and Editorial Board". Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Subscribe: The Independent Review: Store". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Independent Review: Instructions for Manuscript Submission". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The Independent Review: Editors' Welcome". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Theroux, David. "A Word from the Publisher". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "What Others Are Saying". The Independent Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Block, Walter. "Austro-Libertarian movement journals". Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Carden, Art (September 4, 2013). "Research That Should Get More Attention: "The People's Romance" by Daniel Klein". EconLog. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kling, Arnold (March 17, 2011). "A Review of the Widely Unread". EconLog. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Boudreaux, Donald (December 13, 2012). "The Question Is: Who Plans?". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Boudreaux, Donald (November 19, 2005). "How Would Drug Safety be Assured Without the FDA?". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Horwitz, Steven (November 3, 2012). "My Scholarly Papers on Private Sector Responses to Hurricane Katrina". Bleeding-Heart Libertarians. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 

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