Art Carden

Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business. In addition, he is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics and a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Art’s research has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy, and his commentaries have appeared in Forbes, USA Today, and many other outlets. He earned a BS and MA from the University of Alabama and an AM and PhD from Washington University in Saint Louis. Before joining the faculty at Samford, Art taught economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and three children.

Latest by Art Carden in ITO

  • Don’t Feel Bad About Using the Self Checkout
    July 22, 2019

    Don’t Feel Bad About Using the Self Checkout

    4 ½ min

    Don’t give in to social pressure, use the self-checkout if you wish, and don’t lose any sleep over what your friends are sharing in their social media feeds.

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  • Why I am Not a Socialist
    July 9, 2019

    Why I am Not a Socialist

    8 min

    I share a lot of the concerns and goals of those who describe themselves as “socialists.” Why, then, am I not a socialist? I think, though, that they are making serious mistakes. To put it simply, people too often mistake the ends for the means and define economic and political systems in terms of their advocates’ stated goals rather than the actual characteristics of those systems. 

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  • 3 Ways to Make the Post-Election World Better
    November 7, 2018

    3 Ways to Make the Post-Election World Better

    3 min

    Voting isn’t the only way to effect social change.

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  • Why Not Socialism?
    May 10, 2017

    Why Not Socialism?

    4 ¼ min

    The late G. A. Cohen, an iconic political philosopher of the left who taught at Oxford, offered a thoughtful defense of socialism.

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