Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998 and is currently the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow. He is the past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, and a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University where he won many teaching awards during his 25 year career.

Anderson is one of the founders of “free market environmentalism,” the idea of using markets and property rights to solve environmental problems, and in 2015 published the third edition of his co-authored book by that title. He is author or editor of 39 books, including most recently, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016), exploring the institutional underpinnings of American Indian reservation economies.

In addition to publishing in professional journals, Terry Anderson speaks around the world and is often featured in the popular press, including frequent editorials in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Basel University, Clemson University, and Cornell, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Terry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting.

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Quarantines, Curfews, And Checkpoints. How Sovereign Nations Deal With The Coronavirus

by Terry Andersonvia Indian Country Today
Friday, June 5, 2020

With more than 8 million residents, it is no surprise that New York City has the highest cumulative number of COVID-19 cases, but, with a reservation population of 175,000 and 3,632 confirmed infections, the per capita infection rate on the sparsely populated Navajo Nation surpasses New York City and is among the highest in the world.

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Area 45: Terry Anderson: Renewing Indigenous Economies

interview with Terry Andersonvia Area 45
Monday, June 1, 2020

Are free markets and property rights the keys to improving Indigenous Economies?

Analysis and Commentary

COVID-19 Environmental Pork

by Terry Andersonvia The Hill
Friday, May 15, 2020

After more than $3 trillion in funding to restart the economy suffering from the coronavirus shutdown, Democrats are now seeking another $3 trillion package for state and local governments and direct payments to Americans. Not surprisingly mayors, councilmen and governors are vying for a place at the trough.

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Terry Anderson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Terry Andersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson discusses a USA Today article "Native American tribes have been hit hard by coronavirus, and they're battling red tape to get help."


Terry Anderson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Terry Andersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson discusses Hoover's Project on Renewing Indigenous Economies.

Renewing Indigenous EconomiesAnalysis and Commentary

Perspectives On Renewing Indigenous Economies

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hear from members of Native communities who are working to renew indigenous economies.

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A New Path Forward

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

As tribal leaders rebuild their nations and renew their economies, it is time to liberate Native Americans from federal oversight.

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Colonialism: Then And Now

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Monday, May 4, 2020

Colonial-era policies and paternalistic attitudes continue to restrict economic activity on reservations

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Original Indigenous Economies

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Friday, May 1, 2020

Native Americans innovated and prospered for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. This is the 1st video in the Hoover Project on Renewing Indigenous Economies which conducts research to inform and promote policies that empower Native Americans to regain control over their lives and resources.

The Hoover Institution’s PolicyEd Program Launches New Video Series On Renewing Indigenous Economies

featuring Terry Andersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Hoover Institution’s PolicyEd program has launched Renewing Indigenous Economies, a new video series originated from research conducted by Senior Fellow Terry Anderson. The videos tell the story of the economic prosperity which characterized indigenous societies before Europeans arrived on American soil, and how after centuries of persecution by the federal government, these societies became among the poorest minorities in the United States.