Mark Thornton

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Template:BLP primary sources Template:Self-published Template:Infobox economist Mark Thornton is an American economist of the Austrian School.[1] He has written on the topic of prohibition of drugs, the economics of the American Civil War, the "Skyscraper Index", and the 18th-century Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon.[2] He is a Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute[3] and a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute.[4]

Education and academic career

Mark Thornton speaking about business cycles during the 2008 Mises University conference.

Thornton received his B.S. from St. Bonaventure University (1982), and his Ph.D. from Auburn University (1989). Thornton taught economics at Auburn University. He formerly taught at Columbus State University and is now a Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute,[3] where he is book review editor for its Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.[5]

Prohibition studies

Template:Libertarianism sidebar Thornton's first book, The Economics of Prohibition, was praised by Thornton's supervisor at the Mises Institute, its vice-president Murray Rothbard, who said: "Thornton's book... arrives to fill an enormous gap, and it does so splendidly...This is an excellent work making an important contribution to scholarship as well as to the public policy debate."[no citations needed here] Reviewer David R. Henderson of the Hoover Institution wrote, "Thornton’s book contains much valuable information on prohibition and cites many sources. But the economically literate book on prohibition that makes a case for legalization has yet to be written."[6]

Libertarian organizations have published Thornton's articles on drug and alcohol prohibition.[7][8] Thornton contributed a chapter to Jefferson Fish's book How to Legalize Drugs.[9] He was once interviewed on the topic of prohibition by Agence France-Presse.[10]

Political activities

Thornton ran for U.S. Congress in 1984.[11] Thornton has been the vice chairman and chairman of the Libertarian Party of Alabama. In 1988, he became the first Libertarian Party office-holder in Alabama when he was elected Constable, a local law-enforcement position. He was the Libertarian Party's Candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1996. He was also endorsed by the Reform Party, and came in third of four candidates.[12]


See also


  1. DiLorenzo, Thomas (2011-02-11) My Associations with Liars, Bigots, and Murderers,
  2. Blumenthal, Robin Goldwyn; Strauss, Lawrence C. (November 16, 2013). "The Skyscraper Index: Edifice Complex". Barron's. "The U.S. has a new tallest building—One World Trade Center in New York—and that has conjured up some novel reading of economic tea leaves." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mark Thornton fellow page, Ludwig von Mises Institute website, accessed December 21, 2013.
  4. Mark Thornton biography page at Independent Institute website, accessed December 21, 2013.
  5. Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics website.
  6. Henderson, David. "Review of Economics of Prohibition". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  7. Thornton, Mark. "Prohibition versus Legalization: Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Drug Policy?" Independent Institute. The Independent Review. Winter 2007. [1]
  8. Thornton, Mark. "Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure." Policy Analysis no. 157. Cato Institute. 17 July 1991. [2]
  9. Thornton, M. (1998). "Perfect Drug Legalization". In J. M. Fish (ed.), How to Legalize Drugs (pp. 638–660). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. ISBN 978-0765701510
  10. "US drinks to 75 years since end of Prohibition." Agence France-Presse. Hosted by Google. 4 December 2008. [3]
  11. Gadsden Times, Nov 4, 1984.
  12. Mark Thornton faculty page, Ludwig Von Mises Institute website, accessed December 21, 2013.

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