Daniel Bennett

Research Professor - Entrepreneurship
Research Professor - Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  254710416
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76798-8011
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation¬†210.01

Educational Background

  • PHD - Economics, Florida State University
  • MA - Applied Economics, Ohio Univ Athens
  • BBA - Finance, Ohio Univ Athens

Work Experience

  • Research Professor, Baylor University (September 1, 2017 - Present)
  • Associate Consultant, PwC (July 11, 2016 - August 15, 2017)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Patrick Henry College (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Florida State University (August 9, 2010 - May 3, 2014)
  • Research Fellow; Administrative Director, Center for College Affordability & Productivity (August 25, 2008 - July 31, 2010)
  • Contract Specialist, Defense Logistics Agency (October 17, 2005 - August 31, 2007)

Awards and Honors

  • Adam Smith Fellowship, Mercatus Center at George Mason University (2013)
  • Irvin and Peggy Sobel Award, Florida State University Department of Economics (2013)
  • James H. Gapinski Award, Florida State University Department of Economics (2011)

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Academy of Management (July 1, 2018 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Public Choice Society (March 3, 2018 - Present)


Dr. Daniel L. Bennett is a Research Professor at the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise at Baylor University. Previously, he was and a Transfer Pricing Consultant for PwC and an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business Analytics at Patrick Henry College. Dr. Bennett holds Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University and an MA in Applied Economics and BBA from Ohio University. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Contemporary Economic Policy, Empirical Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, and World Development. Additionally, he has published chapters in edited volumes for Cambridge University Press and Edward Elgar; essays and policy analyses for think tanks such as the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics (IFWE), and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MIPR); and opinion essays appearing in popular media outlets such as Forbes, The Hill, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and The New York Times.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Economic Institutions and Comparative Economic Development: A Post-Colonial Perspective," World Development, Vol. 96, (2017), pp. 503-519 (coauthors: Hugo J. Faria, James D. Gwartney, Daniel R. Morales).

"Infrastructure investments and entrepreneurial dynamism in the U.S.," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. forthcoming.

"Is it the Economy, Stupid? Economic Policy, Economic Performance, and the Incumbent Advantage in State Gubernatorial Re-elections," European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. forthcoming (coauthors: Jason Long).

"Public Infrastructure Investment, Institutions, and Economic Dynamism in the United States," Vol. 1.

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Memo to employers: do the right thing."

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"A Dynamic Analysis of Economic Freedom and Income Inequality in the 50 U.S. States," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 42-55 (coauthors: Richard K. Vedder).

Presentations and Proceedings

"Capitalism: Villain or Saint?," presented at the Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, November 2018.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Public Infrastructure Investment, Institutions, and Economic Dynamism in the United States," Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2018, Vol. 1.
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