Richard J. Grant is professor of finance and economics and a senior fellow at the Beacon Center of Tennessee. In academia, he has taught in several countries at universities ranging in size from Hillsdale College to Virginia Tech University and the University of the Witwatersrand. He was also chief economist of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, a contributing editor at the Financial Mail and the director of research and publications at the Free Market Foundation. He is a contributor at Forbes.com and, for four years, wrote a column for The Tennessean. His book, “Nationalisation,” was published in South Africa in 1994 and warned of the dangers to individuals and the country of excessive government control. His 1999 book, “Real Money,” explained inflation, business cycles and monetary policy to a broad audience. He has also edited other books and written numerous monographs and articles. He met Nelson Mandela in the future president’s first year of freedom, as well as several of the top members of the South African government and the opposition, who were instrumental in bringing about transition in that nation. He was also an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He is a graduate of McMaster University and studied at the Center for Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, where he earned a Ph.D. in economics with fields in finance, public finance and public choice.
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