Robert P. Murphy

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and author of the widely acclaimed book, Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Previous positions include Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, Visiting Scholar at New York University, Research Analyst at Laffer Associates, and Senior Fellow in Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. Prof. Murphy runs the blog, Free Advice and hosts the podcast, The Bob Murphy Show. He is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, The Study Guide to Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, The Human Action Study Guide, The Study Guide to The Theory of Money & Credit by Ludwig von Mises, and Lessons for the Young Economist. He has also written hundreds of economics articles for the layperson, has given numerous radio and television interviews on such outlets as Fox Business and CNBC, and is active on Twitter (@BobMurphyEcon).

Recent Research by Robert P. Murphy

— Mar 4, 2021
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Achieving the Four-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada

Achieving the 4-Day Work Week: Essays on Improving Productivity Growth in Canada is a new essay series, authored by notable economists and analysts from across North America, that identifies and discusses a set of initiatives that promise to improve Canada’s labour productivity growth rate, which is essential to achieve a 4-day work week without sacrificing compensation. In broad terms, the initiatives identified in these essays promote faster productivity growth by encouraging more investment in physical and human capital, and by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.

— Jan 12, 2021
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Achieving the Four-Day Work Week: Part 3 Essays

Two new essays—The Drag on Productivity from Excessive Regulation, by researcher Laura Jones, chief strategic officer and executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and The Importance of Labour Market Mobility to Productivity Growth by Fraser Institute senior fellow Robert P. Murphy—argues that governments could increase worker productivity and wages by eliminating undue labour market restrictions.

— Nov 19, 2020
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Trends in Canadian Forest Fires, 1959–2019

Trends in Canadian Forest Fires, 1959-2019 is a new study that finds not only has forest fire activity in Canada decreased over the last 30 years, but so too has global fire activity. In fact, over the past six decades there has been a decline in the annual number of fires and total hectares burned, despite record-high activity in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.