Roy Cordato

Senior Economist Emeritus
In June 2019 Roy Cordato retired from his full time position as Senior Economist and Resident Scholar at the John Locke Foundation and currently holds the position of Senior Economist Emeritus at the Foundation. From January 2001 to March 2017, he served as JLF’s first Vice President for Research.

In addition to his emeritus position at JLF, Cordato holds the title of Lecturer at the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University where he works with the Free Societies Project as faculty advisor for The Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law and The Austrian Economics Forum. Between September 2003 and May 2018, he was adjunct faculty in the Department of Economics at NC State University where, in addition to his work as advisor to the aforementioned student groups, he taught “Political Economy of the Market Process,” a course that he designed. Cordato also currently serves as Editor of Political Economy in the Carolinas, an interdisciplinary academic journal published by Classical Liberals in the Carolinas.

From 1993 to 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)

  • People will die if we reopen!

    Many are arguing that if Governor Cooper allows NC’s economy to reopen many additional people will die–and they are right. As people get back to using parks and beaches for swimming, boating and waterskiing certainly there will be more fatal drownings. As traffic on the state’s highways increase there…
    Roy Cordato, April 27, 2020
  • 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