Kevin Erdmann

Visiting Fellow

Kevin Erdmann is a visiting fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is currently engaged in two book projects with Mercatus on housing finance, land use restrictions, and monetary policy. His first book, Shut Out (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), offers a contrarian theory on the causes of the housing boom and bust. Reviews of Shut Out have appeared in the Economic RecordRegulation, and the Washington Examiner.

Erdmann’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, and Politico, and it has been featured on C-SPAN. Erdmann also blogs at Idiosyncratic Whisk, where he published many of his original discoveries about the housing boom and the financial crisis as he began to investigate them. Eventually that evidence accumulated to form a comprehensive new paradigm through which to view the economy and financial markets, and Erdmann now develops and communicates the lessons of this new framework for policymakers, investors, and firms. 

Erdmann was a small business owner for 17 years. He holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona. 

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