Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

Terry Anderson is the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the executive director of PERC (the Property and Environment Research Center), a think tank in Bozeman, Montana, that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems. His research helped launch the idea of free-market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources. He was the cochair of Hoover's Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force.

Anderson is the author or editor of thirty-seven books. Among these, Free Market Environmentalism, coauthored with Donald Leal, received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. A revised edition was published in 2001.

His most recent publication is Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012). Other books include Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (Hoover Institution Press, 2008) and Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (Hoover Institution Press, 2003), both coauthored with Laura Huggins. His book, with Peter J. Hill, The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier (Stanford University Press), was awarded the 2005 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. Anderson’s research, which has also focused on Native American economies, recently resulted in a coedited volume, Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has published widely in both professional journals and the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fly Fisherman.

In March 2011, Anderson received the Liberalni Institute Annual Award in Prague in the Czech Republic for his "Contribution to the Proliferation of Liberal Thinking, and Making Ideas of Liberty, Private Property, Competition, and the Rule of Law Come True.” Previous recipients include Nobel laureates Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Vernon Smith.

Anderson received his BS degree from the University of Montana in 1968 and his PhD degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1972, after which he began his teaching career at Montana State University, where he won several teaching awards.

Anderson is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting, especially in Africa.

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How Hunting Saves Animals

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 29, 2015

The story of a ranch in Africa shows that killing animals can actually be a form of conservation. 

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Climate Change And Human Ingenuity

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Yes, temperatures are slowly rising—but we should let the marketplace, not regulators, solve this problem.  

Analysis and Commentary

How Trophy Hunting Can Save Lions

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 6, 2015

The revenues support the agencies that safeguard wildlife from poachers.

Green Allies

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

What would bring conservationists and conservatives together? Environmental solutions that really work.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Much Access To Back Country Is Enough?

by Terry Andersonvia The Montana Standard
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Recent debates in both houses of Congress over whether to continue fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, for example, emphasized the call for more access. The LWCF has been a major source for financing trails and purchasing more public land.

Analysis and Commentary

Humans Have Plenty Of Time To Adapt To Global Warming — If Government Stays Out Of The Way

by Terry Andersonvia National Review
Thursday, May 28, 2015

In a speech last week at the Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony, President Obama reiterated the assertion that “climate change is real.” He then leapt to the conclusion that “climate change will mean more extreme storms,” before predicting that we would see a “rise in climate-change refugees” caused by droughts, hurricanes, and water shortages.


Analysis and Commentary

How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage

by Terry Anderson, Henry I. Millervia National Review
Monday, May 18, 2015

California is in the fourth year of record-setting dearth of rain, with virtually the entire state experiencing “exceptional drought.” In response, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25 percent reduction in the state’s water use. Nowhere to be found are increases in water prices to induce conservation.

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Free Market Environmentalism For The Next Generation

by Terry Andersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation provides an optimistic way of thinking about how to link dynamic environments to dynamic economies.

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How Republicans Can Win Environmentally-Friendly Millennials

by Terry Andersonvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, March 13, 2015

If the Republican Party wishes to take the White House in 2016, it will not just need to win the minds of Gen X and Gen Y.

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Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Green entrepreneurs are a win for our economy and our environment.