Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson is professor of practice and Jerome M. Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. He previously taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University.

Dr. Lawson is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries. Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy.

Lawson is also the co-author of Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World.

Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his PhD and MS in Economics from Florida State University and his BS in Economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Lawson's research has been cited over 8000 times according to Google Scholar.

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Robert Lawson joins Jim Blasingame to report on his trip to Venezuela and the horrible conditions that the people there are experiencing because of an economy built on socialism.
Robert Lawson joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that the only way for socialism to gain any political traction is for the electorate to be ignorant of historic and current examples of the abject failure of socialism to help any society long term.
Robert Lawson joins Jim Blasingame to report on his journey around the world to study countries that have socialism systems and how they’ve all failed to provide prosperity and liberties for their people.