Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. His most recent book is The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which traces the roots of intellectual disputes about the desirable role of government in the economy. Best known for his work on free banking, Prof. White is also author of The Theory of Monetary Institutions (1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., 1995), and Competition and Currency (1989), and the editor of several volumes. His work has appeared in many leading professional journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Journal of Monetary Economics. He is a regular participant in the Cato Institute’s Annual Monetary Policy Conference. His popular writings have appeared in The Wall St. Journal and on He hosts bi-monthly podcasts for Econ Journal Watch Audio and blogs at