John D. Mueller

John D. Mueller

The Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics



John D. Mueller is the Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics and Director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Mueller specializes in the relation of modern economic theory to its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman origins, its practical application to personal, family, and political economy, and the interaction of economics, philosophical worldviews, and religious faith. He is also an adjunct senior research fellow at the Social Futuring Center.

Mr. Mueller retired in January 2015 as president of LBMC LLC, a firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in economic and financial-market forecasting and economic policy analysis. He has more than 35 years’ experience in those fields. Besides investment managers, Mr. Mueller has advised many American and foreign economic policymakers on monetary policy and exchange rates, policies for reducing unemployment, and income-tax, welfare and Social Security reform. He is author of Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element (ISI Books, 2010; updated paperback, 2014). From 1979 through 1988, Mr. Mueller was economist and speechwriter to then-Congressman Jack Kemp, mostly as Economic Counsel to the House Republican Conference (caucus) of which Kemp was chairman. In that capacity he drafted bills originating some key features of President Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts of 1981 and Tax Reform Act of 1986 and of Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. Mr. Mueller graduated in 1974 from Haverford College, and after his children completed their education, received his master’s degree in applied economics in 2019 from the University of Maryland, and in 2020 became a doctoral candidate in economics of Corvinus University in Budapest.


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Reviews of John D. Mueller’s Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element, ISI Books, Wilmington, DE, 2014 [2010]

Jennifer Roback Morse, “How the ‘A-Team’ Redeems Modern Economics,” The Family in America, Volume 24 Number 3, Summer 2010

Kevin D. Williamson,  “Summa Economica,” National Review, October 18, 2010, Issue

William E. Dean, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, XXIII2011: 207-209 (PDF)

David Colander, Middlebury College, Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 49 No. 3 – Book Review, JEL 2011–0025 (Abstract | PDF)

Joseph Lawler, “A Review of Redeeming Economics,” First Things, January 2011

Kevin Clark, “Redeeming Economics” (PDF)

William English, “Still Awaiting Redemption,” The Intercollegiate Review, Spring 2011, 55-58, First Principles

Ryan T. Anderson, “Dismal Science Redeemed: What’s Gone Wrong,” The Public Discourse, May 4, 2011; “Dismal Science Redeemed: Where to Go from Here,” May 6, 2011

Troy Gibson, “Redeeming Economics, a review,” The Reformed Mind, 23 June 2011

Father John Flynn, L.C., “Can Neo-Scholastics Transform Economy? A Rediscovery of the Human Element on the Horizon,”, September 18, 2011

Matthew McCaffrey, “Surveying Recent Literature on Economic Theory and Morality,” Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 179-200 (2012)

Brian Douglass, “Ite ad Thomam: John Mueller’s Return to a Solid Foundation for Economics,” The Distributist Review, 2012

J. Daniel Hammond, Wake Forest University, Faith and Economics, 59 (Spring 2012): 73-77

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., “Economics—When the Truth Really Matters,” Aleteia, November 22, 2014

Tamás Halm, Közgazdasági Szemle (monthly journal of economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), 2017


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Submissions

Rueff’s Laws of Unemployment and Inflation (PDF)

Submitted to Oxford Journal of Applied Econometrics

Comment on Michael V. Szpindor Watson’s “Mueller and Mises: Integrating the Gift and ‘Final Distribution’ within Praxeology”

Published in Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 18, no. 2 (Summer 2015)

The ‘Missing Element’ in Modern Economics

Published in Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 18, no. 2 (Summer 2015)

Why “AAA Economics” Has Legs

Mueller, J. (2013), ” Mueller’s redeeming economics”, A Research Annual (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 31A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 109-118.

Finn’s “Nine Libertarian Heresies” and Mueller’s First Lemma: Economists Complain Exactly Insofar as They Are Unable to Explain

Published in Journal of Markets and Morality 14, no. 2 (2011)

America Enters a Jacques Rueff Moment

Published in The New York Sun on May 20, 2020

Sexual Healing

Published in Claremont Review of Books on June 13, 2019

Economics and Demography

Published in World Congress of Families on September 14, 2018

Jeff Bell Was George Bailey

Published in The Weekly Standard on February 17, 2018

A Brief Demographic Tour of the World

Published in World Congress of Families XI on May 26, 2017

Monetary Reform or Trade War

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 20, 2016

A Brief Structural History of Economics

Published in Rajk László College for Advanced Studies, Budapest on February 18, 2016

Neo-Scholastic Economics, Economic Policy and Catholic Social Doctrine

Published in "Money and Beyond Money" conference - Budapest, Hungary on February 20, 2016

The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Economics

Published in House of Dialogue, Saint Ignatius Jesuit College, Budapest, Hungary on February 17, 2016

Federal Budget Deficit

Published in American Governance on February 11, 2016

Recession and Depression

Published in American Governance on February 11, 2016

“It’s Marriage, Stupid!”

Published in World Congress of Families IX on October 29, 2015

Social and Economic Costs of Legal Abortion

Published in World Congress of Families IX on October 27, 2015

Money and Inequality

Published in Jackson Hole Summit, Jackson Hole, WY on August 28, 2015

Neo-Scholastic Economics and Social Justice

Published in Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture 15th Annual Fall Conference on October 31, 2014

Washington, Wall Street and the “Monetary Sin of the West”

Published in Catholic Finance Association on July 31, 2013

Fiscal Fitness

Published in The Weekly Standard on February 25, 2013

Principles of Economic Sanity Redux

Published in Family -- The First Economy panel on December 10, 2012

A Long View of Longevity, Fertility, Education and Income

Published in Tenth Annual UNICEF-Georgetown International Development Conference (IDC) on November 13, 2012

Tocqueville’s Comparison of America and Russia, Updated

Published in Ulyanovsk International Demographic Conference on September 25, 2012

On Southern Charm and Northern Rudeness: Or, Why is the Big Easy Easy and the Big Apple Tart?

Published in Louisiana State University Program in the Classical Tradition of Learning and Leadership on March 14, 2011

State of Monetary Chaos

Published in The Gold Standard Now on January 25, 2011

Redeeming Economics

Published in Conference on "Economics at the Crossroads," Tocqueville Forum and Society of Catholic Social Scientists at Georgetown University on October 20, 2010

Economics Deconstructed

Published in The Family in America on December 30, 2009

Infant Industry: The Past and Future of the American System

Published in Publications on June 17, 2008

Elements of Economic Theory and American Political Economy

Published in Articles on August 26, 2009

A Return to Augustinian Economics

Published in First Things on August 19, 2009

Restoring Economic Orthodoxy

Published in 25th Anniversary Conference of the Association of Christian Economists (ACE) on April 17, 2009

Go Forward to Gold

Published in National Review on December 15, 2008

The Preacher as Economist vs. "The Economist as Preacher"

Published in Faith and Law on May 30, 2008

Causes and Cures of "Demographic Winter"

Published in Family Research Council on May 12, 2008

What Have We Learned About — and From — Wilhelm Röpke?

Published in Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2008 National Leadership Conference on April 12, 2008

The Three World Views in Economics

Published in Templeton Enterprise Awards Symposium on April 3, 2008

Family-Friendly Fiscal Policy to Weather "Demographic Winter"

Published in Fourth World Congress of Families on May 11, 2007

What Should Be a Culture of Enterprise in an Age of Globalization?

Published in Intercollegiate Studies and Cato Institutes Conference on March 29, 2007

How Does Fiscal Policy Affect the American Worker?

Published in The Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy (Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 2006, pp. 563-619) on July 1, 2006

The Economics of Loving Your Neighbor

Published in Princeton University on March 6, 2006