Ben Stein

Economist and Entertainer

Stein, Ben

Economist and Entertainer
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About Ben Stein

Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His comedic role as the droning economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is by far the most widely viewed scene of economics teaching in economics history and has been ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in movie history.
But in real life, Ben Stein is a powerful speaker on economics, politics, education and history and motivation–and like his father, Herbert Stein, considered one of the great humorists on political economy and how life works in this nation.
Stein in real life has a bachelor’s with honors in economics from Columbia, studied economics at the graduate level at Yale, is a graduate of Yale Law School ( valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates in 1970), and has as diverse a resume as any man in America.
Much more important, Ben Stein is morally committed to making your meeting a success and bringing his extensive background to bring out the most powerful and funniest trends in current history.
That background includes…poverty lawyer for poor people in New Haven, trade regulation lawyer for the FTC, speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford. ( He did NOT write the line, “I am not a crook….”), columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, teacher about law and economics at UC, Santa Cruz ( undergrads ) and Pepperdine( law school and undergrads).
He has written or co-written roughly 30 books, mostly about investing, with his brilliant colleague, Phil DeMuth, many of them New York Times bestsellers. His and Dr. DeMuth’s book, “Yes, You Can Time The Market” has become a landmark of using price theory for securities market analysis.
He wrote a column about economics for The New York Times for several years, roughly 2004-2009.
He was the co-host, along with Jimmy Kimmel, of the pathbreaking Comedy Central game show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won seven Emmies, including ones for Ben and Jimmy for best game show host. ( Surely making him the only well known economist to win an Emmy….). Presently, he writes a column for The American Spectator and for NewsMax, and is a regular commentator on Fox News and on CBS Sunday Morning, as well as a frequent commentator on CNN.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 45 years, Alexandra, two dogs and six cats.
He loves people and loves to meet new people and hang out with them. He’s a party guy, albeit an extremely serious economist and a decades long critic of excessively loose fiscal policy and unhelpful regulation in finance.

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“You were just magnificent today! Your speech was strong, touching, funny, perceptive, interesting, and, most of all, from the heart. You don’t just phone it in. You believe it and convey it in such a way that you teach, reveal truths that we don’t think about often enough or hear enough, and you leave a lasting impression on everyone in the room. Not only that, but you stoically and cheerfully endure being mobbed, photographed, kissed, importuned, hand-shook, book-thrust, and generally mauled and slurped.You are a wonderful, valuable, lovable and generous human being. I kind of want to vote for you for something!  I’m glad you talked of Col. Denman. Your article on him is, I think, one of the most beautiful you’ve ever written, and I’ve saved it. People in LA forget, or never knew, of people like him, and like your father, both of blessed memory. They had more class than the richest “star” ever will. And, so do you”
– Lorraine Stalberg

“I just wanted to thank you once more for the terrific time that we had with you last Monday up here in Marquette. You were a genuinely interesting person to converse with and that cannot be said of a lot of the speakers we’ve had up here. Some have had massive egos or a total lack of personality; can’t say that with you. You were a total class act.”
– Thomas Brown, Northern Michigan University

“I have been to many conferences over my 20+ year career, and your speech at the Broadmoor was the best after dinner speech I have ever heard – entertaining and educational – particularly on a personal level.”
– Jim Harrington, Rydex Investment Advisors’ Conference, Colorado Springs, CO

“The messages that you conveyed — about loving, honoring and being loyal to one’s family, about inclusion, about prejudice, and about the power of naturally beautiful places like Williamstown — are messages that transcend our political differences.  At least I hope they do.”
– Lydia Weiss, Williams College Alumni Association

“On behalf of Lamar State College-Orange, Texas, I want to thank you for making last night a special occasion.  Your lecture presentation went well beyond our expectations—it struck just the right balance between humor and serious reflection.  I have had numerous positive comments this morning from students, faculty, and staff.  I especially want to express my appreciation for your willingness to visit with our guests and sign autographs.  Your warmth and ‘approachability’ impressed everyone.”
– Mike Shahan, President, Lamar State College