Lawrence H. White

George Mason University

Lawrence H. White is professor of economics at George Mason University and a distinguished senior fellow of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. Best known for his work on free-market monetary systems, he is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999), Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995), and Competition and Currency (NYU Press, 1989). White is co-editor of Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution (Cato Institute, 2015), and editor of many other volumes. His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review; the Journal of Monetary Economics; the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; and other leading professional journals. He is a senior fellow of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives and contributes to its blog at He holds a PhD in economics from UCLA and an AB in economics from Harvard.