Dr. Brian Simpson
I am chair of the Department of Finance and Economics. My research focuses on monetary and banking theory, the business cycle, the philosophical foundations of economic ideas, and creating constitutional protections of individual rights and freedom. I am author of the two-volume comprehensive explanation of the business cycle and business cycle theory titled Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). I am also author of the book Markets Don’t Fail! (Lexington Books, 2005). Markets Don’t Fail! was translated into Chinese in 2012. In addition to a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, I have an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University.
The main research project I am currently working on is a book tentatively titled A Declaration and Constitution for a Free Society. The book shows what changes need to be made to the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution to make them fully consistent with the protection of individual rights and freedom. The book will not only provide guidance in the creation or modification of the governing documents of a country, but, more importantly, it will help people understand what rights and freedom are, why they are so crucial to human life, and how to protect them.
Below are select publications and presentations.
- Simpson, B. (2016). Castro's Socialist System Deserves Burial, Not Praise. The San Diego Union-Tribune, B7.
- Simpson, B. (2015). A Response to a Critic of Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle. Capitalism Magazine,
- Simpson, B. (2017). Response to a Review of Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle. The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, 20(3): 255-265.
- Simpson, B. (2015). Another Response to Chris Leithner: Some Differences between Austrian Economics and Objectivism. Reason Papers, 37(2): 67-75.
- Simpson, B. (2014). Response to Chris Leithner's Review of Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle. Journal of Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom, 3: 139-144.
- Simpson, B. (2012). Needed in the Context of the Renewed Popularity in Keynes's Ideas: An Analysis of His Errors. The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 37(1): 67-93.
- Simpson, B. (2011). The Effect of Environmental Regulations and Other Government Controls on Oil and Gasoline Production. Energy & Environment, 22(3): 151-166.
- Simpson, B. (2014). Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle, Volume 2: Remedies and Alternative Theories.
- Simpson, B. (2014). Money, Banking, and the Business Cycle, Volume 1: Integrating Theory and Practice.
- Simpson, B. (2018). Current State of the Economy: International Trade and Monetary Policy. Lecture presented at the San Diego Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants Continuing Professional Education Meeting, La Jolla, CA.
- Simpson, B. (2018). An Update to my Previous Economic, Political, and Philosophical Analysis of Externalities. Paper presented at the 43rd annual conference of The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV.
- Simpson, B. (2017). A Critique of 'Sticky' Price and Wage Theory. Paper presented at the 42nd annual conference of The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Lahaina, HI.
- Simpson, B. (2016). Real Business Cycle Theory: A Critique. Paper presented at the 41st annual conference of The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV.
- Simpson, B. (2015). John Law's Financial Scam. Paper presented at the 11th annual Prague Conference on Political Economy, CEVRO Institute, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Simpson, B. (2014). A New Development in Austrian Business Cycle Theory. Paper presented at the 84th annual conference of The Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, GA.
- Simpson, B. (2013). Where Do Profits Come from?. Seminar presented at the Objectivist Summer Conference, Chicago, IL.
- Simpson, B. (2012). What Would a Free Market in Money and Banking Look Like?. Speech presented at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism Lunch-Time Lecture Series, Clemson, SC.
- Simpson, B. (2010). Capitalism and the Economic Crisis. Speech presented at the Advocis, The Ontario School, Professional Development Seminar for Canadian Financial Advisors, webcast from La Jolla, CA, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Can.
- Simpson, B. (2010). Keynes's Theory of Depression: A Critique. Paper presented at the Workshop in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
- Simpson, B. (2008). A Critical Analysis of Keynes's Business Cycle and Depression Theory. Paper presented at the Colloquium sponsored by the Social Philosophy and Policy Center and the Department of Economics at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.