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Dr. Brian P. Simpson

Dr. Brian P. Simpson
Associate Professor
National University
bsimpson@nu.edu
(619) 563-7313

Selected Items from Curriculum Vita

FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Market process theory (or free market economics)
  • Monetary economics
  • The philosophical foundations of economic ideas

RESEARCH

  • Current research: I am writing a book on the business cycle. I plan to show what causes the business cycle. My explanation is based on the "Austrian" theory of the business cycle. I will defend Austrian cycle theory from criticisms and show why alternative theories of the business cycle do not provide good explanations of the cycle. Finally, I will apply Austrian business cycle theory to various cyclic episodes that have occurred throughout history to show how Austrian cycle theory can be used to help understand economic history.
  • Working papers:
    -- “Safety and Quality: The Free Market Versus Government Regulation”
    -- “There are no Exceptions to the Law of Demand”

PUBLISHED MATERIAL

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “The Assault on Energy Producers,” The Objective Standard vol. 3, no. 4 (Winter 2008-2009), pp. 55-70
  • “Austrian Trade Cycle Theory and Rationality,” New Perspectives on Political Economy vol. 4, no. 2 (2008), pp. 113-129, http://pcpe.libinst.cz/nppe/4_2/nppe4_2_2.pdf
  • “The Relation Between Interest Rates and the Demand for Money: Correlation or Causation?” Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences vol. 16, no. 1 (Fall 2007), pp. 57-67
  • “An Economic, Political, and Philosophical Analysis of Externalities,” Reason Papers no. 29 (Fall 2007), pp. 123-140

Book

  • Markets Don’t Fail! (Lexington Books: Lanham, MD: 2005)

Opinion-Editorials

  •  “Gold and a Free Market: The Solutions to Our Financial Crisis,” The Daily Transcript, October 24, 2008. A longer version of this article was published in Capitalism Magazine, http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5339, October 31, 2008.
  •  “The House Passes Green Energy Bill” Human Events, May 9, 2005
  •  “The Real Debate Over Social Security: To Save it or Not To Save it” The Daily Transcript, April 25, 2005, p. 9A
  •  “Who’s to Blame for High Gas Prices?” San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2005, p. B-9. Similar versions of this article were published in The San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Business Journal, as well as other media outlets.
  • “Insider Trading: Politics and Law,” The Sephardic Voice, March 15, 2005, p. 1

PRESENTATIONS AT SCHOLARLY CONFERENCES
“Wealth and Income Inequality: An Economic and Ethical Analysis”
     - 33rd annual international convention of the Association of Private Enterprise Education; April 7, 2008; Las Vegas, NV
     - 13th annual conference of The American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences; February 24, 2006; Las Vegas, NV (session chair)
 “The Relation Between Interest Rates and the Demand for Money: Correlation or Causation?” (session chair)
     - 14th annual conference of The American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences; February 23, 2007; Las Vegas, NV

OTHER PRESENTATIONS
“A Critical Analysis of Keynes’s Business Cycle and Depression Theory”
     - A colloquium sponsored by the Social Philosophy and Policy Center and the Department of Economics at Bowling Green State University; October 24, 2008; Bowling Green, OH

“The ‘Market Failure’ Fallacy”
     - Ayn Rand Institute Public Lecture Series; January 31, 2008; Costa Mesa, CA
     - A similar version of this talk was given at The Fraser Institute’s Policy Briefing Series, April 26, 27, and 28, 2006 in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.

“Economics (part 1): The Nature of Economics, Wealth, and the Division of Labor”
     - Objectivist Summer Conference; July 6-15, 2007; Telluride, CO

“The Business Cycle” (Presented Multiple Times)
     - Small Business Development Seminar, Center for Entrepreneurship; National University; 2003-2006; San Diego, CA
 
“Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle”
     - Objectivist Summer Conference; July 3-13, 2005; San Diego, CA

MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND MENTIONS

  • The Daily Transcript, “Fed to Buy up to $300B Long-Term Treasury Bonds,” March 18, 2009
  • The Daily Transcript, “Aside from Recession, Financial Future Still Blurry, Analysts Say,” October 31, 2008
  • The Daily Transcript, “Investors Show ‘Crisis of Confidence’ as Stocks Tumble,” September 29, 2008
  • The Daily Transcript, “Local Opinion Mixed on Proposed Fed Changes,” July 10, 2008
  • The Province, (Vancouver) “New Carbon Tax Fuels Anger, Rally,” July 2, 2008

 

Education

Ph.D. Economics,
George Mason University

MA Economics,
George Mason University

MBA,
Pepperdine University

BS Aerospace Engineering,
Syracuse University