Professor of economics, Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute
Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton (born 7 June 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He has written on the topic of prohibition of drugs, the economics of the American War Between the States and the "Skyscraper Index". He is a Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Alabama and a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute.


7 Jun 1960, in Geneva, New York


Mark Thornton, The Mises Institute


Independent Institute, Research Fellow
Mises Institute, Senior Fellow


Benjamin Anderson (1886-1949)
Ludwig von Mises Institute
The Origin of Economic Theory: A Portrait of Richard Cantillon (1680-1734), 3 Aug 2007
Examines the sections of Cantillon's Essai relating them to episodes in the author's life, then delving into several Austrian economics insights that can be found in the work
"It seems clear that Cantillon was an important influence on the development of Austrian economics, and that he can be considered a member of the Austrian School. ... Indeed, the origins of economic theory itself can be traced to Cantillon. William Stanley Jevons ... called the Essai ... the 'Cradle of Political Economy.'"


Mark Thornton Interview, by Mark Thornton, Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton
Two audio interviews: 20 Nov 2004 and 14 May 2005

Books Authored

The Economics of Prohibition, Nov 1991
Related Topic: Prohibition


A Five Minute Tour of the Mises Institute, The Motorhome Diaries, 15 Jul 2009
Mark provides a tour and brief history of the institute to the Motorhome Diaries crew
Related Topic: Mises Institute

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