Making an Impact: 8 Accomplished African-American Economists

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Walter E. Williams

Walter E. Williams is referred to as “one of the country’s leading libertarian voices.” He’s earned that titled for his work as an outspoken commentator with libertarian views. He’s also an economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author. In 2009, Greg Ransom, a writer for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, ranked Williams as the third most important “Hayekian” Public Intellectual in America, behind only Thomas Sowell and John Stossel.

As an economist, Williams often defends free market economics and rails against socialist systems and government intervention. Some may know him for his  rigorous, fact-based argument that the free market is a force that promotes racial equality.

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