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Brandt Foundation Lectures

2022 Speaker

Steven H. Hanke

Steven H. Hanke

“Looking for Inflation in All the Wrong Places”

  • When: 7 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Where: Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State
  • Cost: Free and no tickets are required. No charge parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive

Steven H. Hanke is a professor of applied economics and co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University. The institute’s extensive research and publishing focus is on applied economics and finance, business history, and public health.

As a leading world expert on currency boards and measuring and stopping hyperinflation, Hanke is senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., Hanke studies countries unable to maintain a stable domestic currency. Often, it is difficult to obtain timely, reliable exchange-rate and inflation data for these troubled currencies. To address this, the center collects black-market exchange-rate data for troubled currencies and measures the implied inflation rates for each country by using Purchasing Power Parity theory and high-frequency data.

Recognized globally for his expertise, Hanke advises a number of public and private institutions. He is a senior advisor at the Renmin University of China’s International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing and special counselor to the Center for Financial Stability in New York. A member of the Charter Council of the Society of Economic Measurement and of Euromoney Country Risk’s Experts Panel, he also served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers in Maryland in 1976-77, as a senior economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors in 1981-82, and as a senior advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in 1984-88.

His international appointments include state counselor to both the Republic of Lithuania in 1994-96 and the Republic of Montenegro in 1999-2003. He advised the presidents of Bulgaria (1997-2002), Venezuela (1995-96), and Indonesia (1998). He played an important role in establishing new currency regimes in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania, and Montenegro.

Hanke’s honors are numerous, including honorary doctorates from several foreign universities. In 1998, he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine. He is regularly listed by The Washingtonian as one of the 500 most influential people in Washington, D.C.

Hanke regularly appears in and writes for The Wall Street Journal. He has been associated with Forbes magazine since 1997, and today writes 60 columns a year. Hanke has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and monographs and hundreds of articles on currency boards and dollarization. His books include “Currency Boards for Developing Countries: A Handbook” (2015).

He received his BS in Business Administration (1964) and his Ph.D. in Economics (1969), both from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hanke and his wife, Liliane, reside in Baltimore and Paris.

Learn more about Hanke

Steve H. Hanke – Center for Financial Stability

Steve Hanke’s Blog | Financial Sense

Steven Hanke – Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (

Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People (

About the Brandt Foundation Lectures

The Brandt Foundation Lectures at Boise State University are made possible by the generosity of the John H. & Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The purpose of the Brandt Foundation Lectures is to bring noted speakers to our campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government, and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State University and the larger community. The annual lectures are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Free parking is provided in marked areas on the night of the event.