Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in history. This is because his iconic scene as the annoying economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”-“Anyone? Anyone” and “Bueller, Bueller” have become standard parts of the language of modern life. The scene was recently voted one of the 50 most famous scenes in American movie history.
But in real life, off screen, Ben Stein is a compelling, extremely humorous speaker about economics and politics and daily life in America. And, he really is an award winning, best selling, economist and lawyer and teacher (but funny and lively in real life). Ben Stein, who studied economics at Columbia and Yale and law at Yale under some of the most famous economists and jurists in the nation, has written path-breaking analyses of how finance works, what motivates business decision making, what causes economic crises, and what resolves them.
He has been a columnist and analyst of economic and legal and cultural behavior for The Wall Street Journal, for The New York Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, Yahoo Finance and many other publications.
In 2009, he won the Malcolm Forbes Award for Excellence in Financial Writing.
He is also the author of dozens of books about economics and finance, the last several of which were New York Times best sellers (Yes, You Can Time Market; Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably; and The Wiley Little Book of Bulletproof Investing. The Wiley Little Book of Alternative Investments, among others. His books on finance in the last several years were co-written with the distinguished and much sought after asset manager Philip DeMuth.
He is a regular contributor to Fox News, a long time commentator on CBS Sunday Morning, and a very frequent guest on CNN.
He also writes a very long running column for The American Spectator and has been writing for years for NewsMax.
As noted, he is an extremely frequent speaker to powerful groups of business and finance leaders, as well as to charitable and scholarly groups, where his skill is making even economics funny and touching and understandable. His father, Herbert Stein, was known as the most humorous of economists and Ben follows in his footsteps.