Professor of Business Administration, author


Julian Lincoln Simon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Julian Lincoln Simon (February 12, 1932-February 8, 1998) was professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He wrote many books and articles, mostly on economic subjects. He is best known for his work on population, natural resources, and immigration. He was the primary proponent of the cornucopian belief in endless resources and unlimited population growth empowered by technological progress. His works are often cited by libertarians in support of their arguments. ..."


In Memoriam Research Fellow, Independent Institute


Julian L. Simon - Hero of the Day, by John C. LeGere, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Julian Simon, combatant in a 200-year war, by Thomas Sowell, 12 Feb 1998
"Julian Simon set out to explain what happened to real population in the real world, not what happens in abstract models or popular hysteria. In the real world, as he demonstrated with masses of facts and in-depth analysis, we are nowhere near to running low on food or natural resources."
Julian Simon, Lifesaver: Julian Simon Was a Hero of the Free Market, by Donald J. Boudreaux, The Freeman, Apr 1998
Reflections on the passing of Julian Simon
"Julian's foremost contribution to humankind was his demonstration that prosperity and a healthy environment are best assured when governments respect private property and free markets—because only within free markets can human creativity flourish."
Julian Simon Remembered: It's a Wonderful Life, by Stephen Moore, Cato Policy Report, Mar 1998
"The ultimate embarrassment for the Malthusians was when Paul Ehrlich bet Simon $1,000 in 1980 that five resources (of Ehrlich's choosing) would be more expensive in 10 years. Ehrlich lost: 10 years later every one of the resources had declined in price by an average of 40 percent."
UpdThe Doomslayer, Wired, Feb 1997
"The environment is going to hell, and human life is doomed to only get worse, right? Wrong. Conventional wisdom, meet Julian Simon, the Doomslayer. ... a neither shy nor retiring nor particularly mild-mannered professor of business administration at a middling eastern-seaboard state university."
35 Heroes of Freedom: Celebrating the people who have made the world groovier and groovier since 1968, Reason, Dec 2003
List of individuals who, according to Reason editors, have "have made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian place by example, invention, or action" (includes the unknown martyr of Tiananmen Square and a generic "The Yuppie")
"In books such as The Ultimate Resource and The State of Humanity, the late 'Doomslayer' patiently and exhaustively collected the data proving that neo-Malthusians such as Paul Ehrlich and Lester Brown were blowing smoke about environmental degradation and overpopulation."


Natural Resources Aren't Finite, Cato Institute Commentary, 4 Mar 1997
"... the term 'finite' is ... downright misleading when applied to natural resources. The mathematical definition of 'finite' is quite different from a useful economic definition. ... After centuries of slow progress ... science is attaining an undreamed-of ability to create new materials."
On Keynes as a Practical Economist, The Freeman, Aug 1996
"Could these assertions of impending scarcity have been more wildly in error? Not likely. ... Millions of plain American farmers had a far better grasp of the agricultural reality in the 1920s than did Keynes. ... So much for Keynes's wisdom as an economist and a seer into the future."
The State of Humanity: Good and Getting Better, by Julian L. Simon, Sheldon Richman, 11 Nov 1996
Contrasts a pessimistic 1980 prediction on the state of the world in the year 2000 with the actual state in the mid-1990's.
"Since antiquity, people have worried about running out of natural resources. Yet, amazingly, all the historical evidence shows that raw materials — all of them, even oil — have become more abundant rather than less. ... The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well."
Related Topic: Economic Resources
What About Immigration?, The Freeman, Jan 1986
"We sometimes seem frightened at the number of persons who want to come to the United States; we act as if we are under siege. ... we should be glad that our society is sufficiently attractive to have what is called an immigration problem. ... totalitarian countries have no difficulty of this sort."

Books Authored

A Life Against the Grain: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Economist, 2002
Hoodwinking the Nation, 1999
The State of Humanity, 1995
The Ultimate Resource 2, 1996
  • ISBN 0691042691: Hardcover, Princeton University Press, Revised edition, 1996
  • ISBN 0691003815: Paperback, Princeton University Press, Revised edition, 1998
It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years
    by Stephen Moore, Julian L. Simon, Cato Institute, 2000
Partial contents: Health - Diets and Nutrition - Wealth - The State of Poor Americans - The State of Children and Teens - The American Worker - Leisure, Recreation, and Entertainment - Housing - Transportation, Innovation, and Scientific Progress