Roy Cordato

Senior Economist and Resident Scholar
Roy Cordato is Senior Economist and Resident Scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From January 2001 to March 2017, he held the position of Vice President for Research at the Locke Foundation. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Economics at North Carolina State University where he teaches “Political Economy of the Market Process,” a course that he designed. In addition, he is faculty advisor for the Austrian Economics Forum and the Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law, both at N.C. State University.

From 1993-2000 Cordato served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. From 1987 to 1993 he was Senior Economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) in Washington, D.C. He has served as full-time economics faculty at the University of Hartford and at Auburn University and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. His publications include a 1992 book, Welfare Economics and Externalities in an Open Ended Universe (Kluwer Academic Publishers republished in 2007 by the Ludwig von Mises Institute).

His articles have appeared in a number of economics journals and law reviews in addition to The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Journal of Commerce, The Congressional Record, The Orange County Register, The Freeman, Human Events, National Review Online, The Washington Examiner, Tax Notes and many other newspapers and magazines. In 2000 he received the Freedoms Foundation’s Leavey Award in Free Enterprise Education. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and former executive board member of The Association of Private Enterprise Education. Cordato holds an M.A. in urban and regional economics from the University of Hartford and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He also holds a Bachelors of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music.

Posts by Roy Cordato (page 1)

  • U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked

    See here for whole story.
    Roy Cordato, September 25, 2019
  • You don’t need to be right, just self righteous

    Roy Cordato, September 24, 2019
  • Medicaid Expansion Study Bias Revealed in the Title

    The first thing one learns in econ 101 is that all economic activity has benefits and costs. And to consider only one or the other is bad economics, plain and simple. The special interest funded Medicaid Expansion study claiming that over 37,000 jobs will be created if the state extends…
    Roy Cordato, July 1, 2019
  • The VP’s mischaracterization of tariffs

    According to VP Mike Pence, tariffs are “an exercise of economic power.” He’s wrong. They are an imposition of government power.
    Roy Cordato, June 10, 2019
  • Amazon changes its mind–New Yorkers should be happy

    New York City and State were on the verge of handing over up to $3 billion in subsidies to Amazon as an enticement (bribe) to get them to locate a new headquarters on Long Island in Queens. Luckily for the people of New York, Amazon is backing out of the…
    Roy Cordato, February 14, 2019
  • The Green New Deal

    With AOC’s Green New Deal proposing to completely makeover American society with the purpose of fighting climate change (at untold cost both monetarily and to individual liberty) there seems to be an obvious question that I have yet to hear asked. If implemented as proposed, by how much will global…
    Roy Cordato, February 8, 2019
  • What actual Medicare for all would mean

    This morning I heard a commentator refer to Medicare for All (MFA), a plan supported by many Democrats in Congress, as a system with no premiums and no co-pays. And the fact is that this is probably what most people, especially younger people who are not actually on Medicare, think…
    Roy Cordato, January 24, 2019
  • The Case Against “Price Gouging” Laws–Lessons Never Learned

    A year ago on August 27th, 2017, I posted the following in this space. The story never gets old (unfortunately). This is an excerpt from two different sections of North Carolina’s Price Control Laws: Harming Those They are Meant to Help, a monograph that I wrote for the Locke Foundation over…
    Roy Cordato, September 11, 2018