College of Humanities and Social Sciences

James T Bennett

James T Bennett

James T Bennett

Eminent Scholar

Labor economics and political economy

James T. Bennett is an Eminent Scholar at George Mason University. He holds the William P. Snavely Chair of Political Economy and Public Policy in the Department of Economics and is Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. Bennett received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 and has specialized in research related to public policy issues, the economics of government and bureaucracy, labor unions, and health charities. He is founder and editor of the Journal of Labor Research and has published more than 60 articles in professional journals such as the American Economic ReviewReview of Economics and StatisticsPolicy ReviewPublic Choice, and Cato Journal.

Selected Publications


The Political Economy of Federal Government Growth (1980)

Better Government at Half the Price (1981)

Deregulating Labor Relations (1981)

Underground Government: The Off-Budget Public Sector (1983)

Destroying Democracy: How Government Funds Partisan Politics (1986)

Unfair Competition: The Profits of Nonprofits (1988)

Health Research Charities: Image and Reality (1990)

Health Research Charities II: The Politics of Fear (1991)

Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us (1992)

Unhealthy Charities: Hazardous to Your Health and Wealth (1994)

CancerScam: The Diversion of Federal Cancer Funds to Politics (1998)

The Food and Drink Police: America's Nannies, Busybodies, and Petty Tyrants (1999)

From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America (2000)

Public Health Profiteering (2001)

The Future of Private Sector Unionism in the United States (2004)

Tax Funded Politics (2004)

Information Technology and the World of Work (2004)

Homeland Security Scams (2006)

Courses Taught

ECON 103: Fall 2013 Syllabus