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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Analysis and Commentary

Does Climate Change Worry You? How About Insurance To Cover Its Consequences?

by Terry Andersonvia Forbes.com
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Property Rights Are for Everyone

by Terry Andersonvia Property and Environment Research Center (PERC)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Grand Canyon of Property Rights

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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The Grand Canyon of Property Rights

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In Indian Country, tribal abuse and unenforceable contracts are stifling investment and economic growth.

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Terry Anderson on the John Batchelor Show

by Terry Andersonvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 22, 2013

Terry Anderson, the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow, member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force at the Hoover Institution, and executive director of PERC (the Property and Environment Research Center), points out that Native American tribes occasionally break ironclad contracts with investors, which scares off future development and makes doing business with the tribes a risky endeavor.

Analysis and Commentary

Risky Business in Indian Country

by Terry Andersonvia Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Fires Next Time

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

The latest fire season was brutal. By thwarting forest-thinning programs, environmentalists are only helping fires get the upper hand. By Terry L. Anderson.

Analysis and Commentary

Environmental Protection Up in Smoke

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 17, 2012

When the wildfires that are burning millions of acres in the West are finally smothered by winter snows, environmentalists undoubtedly will blame climate change. They might look in the mirror instead.

Bright Spots in Indian Country

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

Loosening the bonds of bureaucracy has helped tribes begin to escape dependency and pursue prosperity. By Terry L. Anderson.

Analysis and Commentary

Access Unlimited, Trout Limited

by Terry Andersonvia Percolator (PERC)
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Since the original stream access cases in the early 1980s, landowners have claimed that the court and the legislature took property rights without compensation. Not surprisingly, the conflict has torn the social fabric of landowner-sportsman relations in Montana...