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Dr. Richard Vedder

Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Director

Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Vedder has written widely on American economic history, authoring such books as Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America and The American Economy in Historical Perspective.  He served as a member of Secretary Margaret Spelling's Commission of the Future of Higher Education, and is the author of Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much.

Dr. Vedder is also the author of numerous scholarly papers for journals in economics and public policy, as well as shorter pieces for the popular press including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, CATO Journal and Forbes. He received a BA from Northwestern University and a MA and PhD from the University of Illinois.