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Bruce L. Benson
Born (1949-03-18) March 18, 1949 (age 74)
Academic career
InstitutionFlorida State University
FieldEconomics, Austrian School, polycentric law, private law, commercial law, criminal justice, free-market environmentalism
School or
Austrian School
Alma materUniversity of Montana, Texas A&M
InfluencesJames M. Buchanan, David D. Friedman, Avner Greif, Murray Rothbard
AwardsAdam Smith Award
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Bruce L. Benson (born March 18, 1949) is an American academic economist who is recognized as an authority[by whom?] on law and economics[citation needed] and a major exponent of anarcho-capitalist legal theory.[citation needed] He is chair of the department of economics, DeVoe L. Moore Professor, distinguished research professor and courtesy professor of law at Florida State University and the recipient of the 2006 Adam Smith Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute and has recently been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Czech Republic, visiting professor at the university de Paris Pantheonon Assas, a Property-and-Environment-Research-Center Julian Simon Fellow, and visiting research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.


Benson received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1978.


Benson is the author of four books, co-editor of another, author of over 125 peer-reviewed academic articles, author of over 65 chapters in edited books and has presented numerous scholarly papers. He has written some of the leading libertarian law and economics perspectives on regulation, criminalization, commercial law, and Native American law (see also: private law, polycentric law). His books include:

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Bruce L. Benson CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-01.