Anne Bradley

Anne Bradley

Vice President of Economic Initiatives
Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Additionally, she is a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Previously, she has taught at Charles University, Prague, and she has served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.

Dr. Rathbone Bradley’s other academic work has focused on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.

Dr. Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006, during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Blog Posts

August reading challenge: An economist’s top 5 picks

I have a challenge for you: I’m going to share five of my favorite books and essays with you, and I’m hoping you’ll read at least one before the beginning of the semester.

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Suffering is Venezuela’s new normal.

Venezuela is an unfolding story of the chaos resulting from government intervention in economic affairs. President Maduro faces a political crisis, and violent protests pose real threats to his desperate…

How the Economy Isn’t Like a Jigsaw Puzzle

The economy can’t be assembled like a jigsaw puzzle, as Boris Yeltsin learned on a trip to America.

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Income Inequality or Income Mobility: For What Should We Fight?

The rapid decline of poverty over the past forty years shows that there has never been more hope for rising incomes among the poor. We can help them best by promoting mobility through economic freedom.

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What America needs most right now is more economic freedom.

If human flourishing is our goal, we must return to a society where economic freedom is championed.

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What the Patriots’ Super Bowl win can teach you about comparative advantage

We don’t have to have to be like Brady and have an absolute advantage to profit.

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Making college “free” will only make it more expensive.

Making higher education free of charge won’t make it free to provide.

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The myth of draining the swamp

Draining the swamp may be a popular political slogan, but unless the swamp is restructured and significantly reduced, even the best of us on our worst days will use political office to enhance our power at the expense of others.

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A place where your vote matters

Have you ever stopped and looked around the grocery store? There are thousands of products neatly arranged and conveniently located just for you.

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How Americans Can Use Economic Principles to Fight Terrorism

As professor Anne Bradley shows in this piece, the economic way of thinking can help us prepare for and respond to acts terrorism.

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Despicable Me’s Gru Is an Example of the Entrepreneur No One Wants to Have Around

This behavior means that even the greediest of businessman, to make money, has to identify with the needs and wants of others, put them in the shoes of others, and help solve problems.

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