Robert P. Murphy

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Robert P. Murphy
Robert P. Murphy Head Shot 1.jpg
Born (1976-05-23) May 23, 1976 (age 45)
InstitutionFree Market Institute of Texas Tech University
(2014–present)
Fraser Institute
(2013–present)
Pacific Research Institute
(2007–present)
Hillsdale College
(2003–2006)
Ludwig Von Mises Institute
(2003–present)
FieldFinancial Economics, Trade
School or
tradition
Austrian School
Alma materHillsdale College (B.A., 1998)
New York University (Ph.D., 2003)
Doctoral
advisor
Mario J. Rizzo[1]
InfluencesMurray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Joseph Salerno, Israel Kirzner, Richard Ebeling
Websiteconsultingbyrpm.com bobmurphyshow.com

Robert Patrick Murphy (born 23 May 1976) is an American economist. Murphy is Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He has been affiliated with Laffer Associates, the Pacific Research Institute, the Institute for Energy Research (IER), the Independent Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and the Fraser Institute.

Murphy is also noteworthy, and has been criticized by economists Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman for, repeatedly predicting that the quantitative easing practiced by the Federal Reserve in the late 2000s would create double-digit inflation and economic collapse—predictions that have not yet come to fruition.[2]

Education[edit]

Murphy received a BA in economics at Hillsdale College in 1998 and a Ph.D. in economics at New York University in 2003.[3]

Career[edit]

Murphy is Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.[4] He has been a visiting Assistant Professor at Hillsdale College, and a visiting scholar at New York University. He has been affiliated with Laffer Associates, the Pacific Research Institute,[5] the Institute for Energy Research (IER),[6] the Independent Institute,[7] the Ludwig von Mises Institute,[8] and the Fraser Institute in Canada.[9] He is the president of Consulting By RPM.

Murphy has written books such as Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015),[10] Primal Prescription with Doug McGuff, MD regarding healthcare in the United States,[11] and Lessons for the Young Economist (Mises Institute 2010).[12] He has written study guides to works of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.[6] Murphy authored the 2007 book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. Murphy's book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, published in 2009, blamed the Depression on government policies.[13]

Additionally, Murphy has written for The Washington Times,[14] Forbes[15] and Barron's Magazine.[16] Murphy's writings have also been published in The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, The Review of Austrian Economics,[6] the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics[17] and the Journal of Private Enterprise.[18] He has written for The Freeman,[19] The American Conservative,[20] LewRockwell.com[21] Townhall.com[22] and Antiwar.com.[23]

Erroneous inflation predictions[edit]

Murphy has been criticized by economists Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman for predicting that the quantitative easing practiced by the Federal Reserve in the late 2000s would create double-digit inflation and economic ruin—predictions that have not come to fruition yet.[2] In 2009, Murphy discussed various economic policies of the Bush and Obama administrations, which he called "incredible assaults on the private sector from the central government". He stated that the policies of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and President Obama would lead to double-digit inflation with high unemployment and could facilitate the abandonment of the US Dollar by the end of the Obama Presidency. Murphy warned that soaring prices for gasoline and imported products sold at Wal-Mart might be blamed by Obama Administration officials on "an attack on the Dollar by foreign speculators" and used by them to replace the Dollar with the Amero or some other currency "issued by a supranational organization". Murphy urged investors to purchase an "emergency stockpile" of physical gold and silver, and predicted double-digit inflation.[24] In July 2009, Murphy proclaimed that the economy would be "in the toilet for a decade" and predicted "20+ percent price inflation".[25][non-primary source needed]

In a series of articles on his personal website, Murphy states that he agreed to a bet that there would be a year/year increase in the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index of over 10% by 2013, and notes that he lost the bet.[25][non-primary source needed]

In a column criticizing economists "who stick with their ideology no matter how badly it performs in practice", Paul Krugman noted that University of California, Berkeley Professor of Economics J. Bradford DeLong had attacked Murphy for "predicting double-digit inflation for years but remain[ing] absolutely committed to his framework" despite the predictions being unfulfilled.[26] In December 2012 Krugman again addressed Murphy's failed inflation predictions, criticizing Murphy's belief that "his failed inflation forecast is OK" because it is attributable to "huge deflationary downdraft that offset the inflationary impact of Fed expansion." Krugman wrote that if that was true, "we should be hailing Ben Bernanke for preventing a catastrophic deflation."[27] Murphy replied on his blog to Krugman and DeLong's criticisms, saying "my price inflation wager has nothing to do with Austrian business cycle theory" and that Krugman was using a "macro model" which does not apply to Austrian theory which relies on "heterogeneous capital goods" and artificially low interest rates distortion of investment flows into various sectors. He admitted he was not sure why his inflation prediction was wrong.[28] In a May 2013 piece published by The American Conservative, Murphy wrote about Krugman's predictions regarding fiscal austerity and the 2013 U.S. government budget sequestration.[29][non-primary source needed]

In 2013 Murphy challenged Krugman to a debate and unnamed supporters of Murphy promised to donate $100,000 to a charity if Krugman would debate Murphy on economic policy issues.[30] A promotional website was established for the challenge. Krugman called the proposed debate a "public circus" and stated "Why should I dignify that totally-wrong doctrine — that doctrine that's gotten everything wrong — by giving them a platform?"[31][32][dead link]

Religious views[edit]

Murphy is a Christian, and has stated in his writings that "my ethical beliefs are informed by my Christian faith, and I am a firm believer in natural law".[33]

Books[edit]

  • Chaos Theory (2002) – Two essays on anarchocapitalism; one discussing the production of defense services, and the other describing the provision of private criminal and civil justice.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (2007) – A volume in The Politically Incorrect Guide series published by Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1596985049 OCLC 79860752
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal (2009). ISBN 978-1596980969 OCLC 315239348
  • How Privatized Banking Really Works – Integrating Austrian Economics with the Infinite Banking Concept (2010) co-written with L. Carlos Lara. ISBN 978-0615326825
  • Lessons for the Young Economist (2010) – available at Mises.org Library and Mises.org wiki. ISBN 978-1933550886 OCLC 681711737
  • Economic Principles for Prosperity (2014). Fraser Institute. Co-authored with Jason Clemens, Milagros Palacios, and Niels Velduis.
  • The Primal Prescription (2015) – Co-authored with Dough McGuff, MD. The authors utilize their expertise in economics and medicine to examine America's health care system.
  • Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (July 1, 2015 – A concise retelling of the magnum opus of Ludwig Von Mises, Human Action.
  • Murphy, Robert P. (2018). Contra Krugman: Smashing the Errors of America's Most Famous Keynesian. Paul, Ron (foreword); Woods, Thomas E. (preface). ISBN 978-1722331795.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Clay (2010-04-06). "Faculty Spotlight Interview: Robert Murphy". Mises Institute. Archived from the original on 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  2. ^ a b "Reason". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2016-01-05. Cite error: The named reference "Reason" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Robert P. Murphy, Author at IER". IER. Archived from the original on 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  4. ^ "Robert P. Murphy". Mises Institute. 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  5. ^ University, State of Texas and Texas Tech. "Free Market Institute – Our People – Robert Murphy, Ph.D." www.depts.ttu.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  6. ^ a b c Robert P. Murphy profile Archived 2013-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, Institute for Energy Research, accessed December 9, 2013,
  7. ^ Robert P. Murphy profile Archived 2013-12-14 at the Wayback Machine, Independent Institute, accessed December 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Robert P. Murphy profile Archived 2014-09-14 at the Wayback Machine at Ludwig von Mises Institute, accessed December 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Robert P. Murphy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "The Primal Prescription". 2015-05-21. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  12. ^ "Lessons for the Young Economist". 2014-08-06. Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  13. ^ Raymond J. Keating, "Book review: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal Archived 2014-01-13 at the Wayback Machine", The Freeman, December 22, 2010.
  14. ^ Robert P. Murphy, Are Real Economists Bears?[dead link] The Washington Times, February 19, 2010, .
  15. ^ Robert P. Murphy, Memo To The Fed: Stop Those Rate Cuts Archived 2020-08-09 at the Wayback Machine, Forbes, March 16, 2008.
  16. ^ Robert P. Murphy, Capitalism is validated by "mechanism-design" theory Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine, Barron's Magazine, May 12, 2008
  17. ^ Resumé/CV Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, Robert P. Murphy website, accessed December 6, 2013.
  18. ^ Robert P. Murphy, Coordination: A Critique of Daniel Klein Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, The Journal of Private Enterprise, 25(2), 2010, 117–127 (117).
  19. ^ Robert P. Murphy archives Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine at The Freeman website.
  20. ^ Robert P. Murphy archives Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine at The American Conservative website.
  21. ^ Robert P. Murphy archives Archived 2014-03-13 at the Wayback Machine at LewRockwell.com.
  22. ^ Robert Murphy columns archive Archived 2007-09-08 at the Wayback Machine, Townhall.com, accessed December 6, 2013.
  23. ^ Robert Murphy column archive Archived 2018-04-20 at the Wayback Machine, Antiwar.com.
  24. ^ Robert P. Murphy, "Killing the Currency" Archived 2013-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, The American Conservative, December 10, 2009.
  25. ^ a b Murphy, Robert P. (January 2, 2013). "Learning from Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman." Archived 2013-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Is Our Austerians Learning?". New York Times. December 30, 2012. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  27. ^ Paul Krugman, On Not Learning, Continued Archived 2018-11-29 at the Wayback Machine, New York Times, December 31, 2012.
  28. ^ Learning From Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman Archived 2013-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, Robert P. Murphy blog, January 2, 2013.
  29. ^ Robert P. Murphy, Heads Krugman Wins, Tails ‘Austerity’ Loses Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine, The American Conservative, May 23, 2013.
  30. ^ Carney, John (October 25, 2010). "Will Paul Krugman be Shamed Into Debating an Austrian Economics Wunderkind?". CNBC website. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  31. ^ Lehrer, Brian (June 4, 2012). "The Brian Lehrer Show: Paul Krugman Weighs In." Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Krugmandebate.com". Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  33. ^ "Murphy, Robert P. "The Possibility of Private Law." Mises.org. 3 August 2005". Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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