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Dr. John Cobin


2014 - present, General Manager, Agrícola Cherry Ltda and Constructora Cherry, property development and mini-blueberry orchard project.
Viña del Mar, Chile
2014 - present, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Swiss Management Center University (part time), doctoral thesis mentoring.
Zug, Switzerland (internet)
2007 - present, Relocation and business consultant (part time)
Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile
2012 - 2013 Radio Talk Show Host of "Red Hot Chile" on the Overseas Radio Network (part time)
Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile
2008 - 2014 Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Andrés Bello (3/4 time).
Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile
2011 - 2012 Gold coin arbitrager (part time)
Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile
2001 - 2008 Financial Planner and Professor of economics and public policy
California/South Carolina/International
2004 - 2005 morning Radio Talk Show Host
2001 Director of Research
2000 - 2001 Policy expert & Professor of Public Policy
1996 - 2000 Professor of Economics & Public Policy
Santiago/other cities, Chile
Policy Researcher (part time)
1993 - 1996 Doctoral Student and Research Assistant
Virginia (DC area), Oregon
Policy Project Consultant (part time)
1989 - 1993 Financial Services Consultant, Oregon
Computer Consultant (part time)
1986 - 1989 College Instructor
California, Hawaii, Oregon
Computer Consultant (part time)
1985 - 1986 Banking and Master’s Student (to June 1987)


Dr. John Cobin is a general manager of a construction company which highlights its property with blueberry production. He is also a part time relocation consultant, former radio talk show host of "Red Hot Chile," and now conducts a blog and webinar for expatriates interested in Chile. He spent many years as a professor of economics and public policy in Santiago, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Valdivia, Chile. He was a financial Planner in Greenville, South Carolina. He ran a morning call-in radio broadcast on public policy issues from 2004-2005. He taught both graduate and undergraduate courses and seminars (part time) in economics and public policy on occassion at the University of Phoenix, the King's College in New York, and LeTourneau University in Texas (online MBA program) along with short courses for various universities or institutes around the world. Previously he was a manager of a research department in Goleta, California, as well as a public policy consultant in Cambria, California. Moreover, was an Adjunct Professor of Economics at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas (online MBA program), and Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala. From 1996 to 2000, he taught in many universities in Chile, including Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, the International MBA program at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Viña del Mar, Chile, plus the MBA program at Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago (also in Concepción), Chile. He worked at Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile as a full time professor for nearly 4 years and was a semester at Universidad Marítima in Viña del Mar, Chile in 1996. He is active in public policy research and writing, and has completed projects for Centro de Estudios Públicos in Santiago. Dr. Cobin received his BA in Business Economics from California State University, Long Beach (1985), his MA in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara (1987), his MA in Economics from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (1995), and his PhD in Public Policy also from George Mason University (1996).

Dr. Cobin’s research has focused on the interrelation between Christian theology and public policy, evaluating urban public policies such as zoning, building and fire safety regulation (which has been his main field of study and the majority of his journal publications), and highway construction, as well as theoretical ways to reduce economic problems associated with them (e.g., his book Building Regulation, Market Alternatives, and Allodial Policy, London: Avebury, 1997, reprinted by Alertness Books in 2003.) He has also written on applied microeconomic topics, policy issues such as abortion, and this introductory text Políticas Públicas: Tópicos Modernos de Economía de Mercado para el Bienestar Social (Santiago de Chile: Universidad Andrés Bello, 2009) along with the English version A Primer on Modern Themes in Free Market Economics and Policy (Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers, 2009) covering public choice, Austrian economics, law and economics, and public policy themes. His latest books (2011-2012) are Life in Chile: A Former American's Guide for Newcomers (New York: Raider Publishing, forthcoming in print) and Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, both of which have been widely sold as PDF e-books through www.escapeamericanow.info and elsewhere. Dr. Cobin has also written Bible and Government: Public Policy from a Christian Perspective and Pro-Life Policy: A Perspective for Liberty and Human Rights (both with Alertness Books, 2003). (Click here for papers and here for books for more information about Dr. Cobin's previous weekly newspaper column for the Times Examiner, academic papers, and books.) His books include Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living (2012), Life in Chile: A Former American's Guide for Newcomers, A Primer on Free Market Economics and Policy (2009), Christian Theology of Public Policy: Highlighting the American Experience (Alertness Books 2006). Dr. Cobin has been a radio guest on many occasions to discuss his work (click and go to the bottom of this page for archives). His weekly column was published in The Times Examiner and Free Market News (online), among other places. Now he regulary writes educational and academic letters to the editor for various Chilean national newspapers, well over 1,250 since October 2011. Dr. Cobin has been interviewed on Chilean radio and television (CNN, Chilevisión), and in newspapers and magazines such as The Clinic, El Mercurio, El Sur and others. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Cobin has been a successful entrepreneur and consultant, having started and operated three small businesses for several years.


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Ph.D. Public Policy
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, May 1996
(3.55 GPA on a 4.00 scale).
Field: Law and Austrian Economics.
Track: Evolutionary Economic Policy.
Dissertation: Building Regulation, Market Alternatives, and Allodial Policy.
List of John's and other GMU public policy dissertations
John's name on the list of the Mercatus Center's PhD alumni

M.A. Economics
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, December 1995 (3.50).
Courses/Exams: Law and Economics, Macroeconomics, Austrian Economics

M.A. Business Economics
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987 (3.53).
Courses: Finance & Investments, Taxation, Forecasting, and Management.

B.A. Business Economics
California State University, Long Beach, 1985 (3.45).

A.R.E. Liberal Arts and Religious Studies
Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1984 (3.59).
John's name on the alumni list of Reformed Bible College


General Manager of Agrícola Cherry Limitada, a real estate development project with some blueberry production, Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
[March 2014 to Present]

Relocation and business consultant bringing expatriates to Chile, Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
[January 2007 to Present]

Webinar host for "Escape America Now" and former radio show host of "Red Hot Chile" (internet-based), Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
[January 2012 to Present]

Gold coin arbitrager, Santiago, Chile, part time
[January 2011 to December 2012]

Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, and international lecturer. His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed, refereed journals such as Planning Theory (ISI), Planning and Markets, Independent Review, Economia dei Servizi, Economic Affairs, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and (forthcoming) Cato Journal. He has also done several book reviews printed in Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. See Link to academic papers for the complete listing of papers and link to academic books and ecomomic textbook. Dr. Cobin's books on Chile are found under the resources tab of Escape America Now.
[October 2008 to March 2014]

Pro-life libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress 4th District of South Carolina in 2006 and local public speaker

Financial Planner (and Visiting Professor part time)
[May 2001 - 2008] Independent Brokerage of Investments and Securities in Greenville, SC, utilizing many insurance carriers. He hosted a weekday morning talk show "Christian Worldview with Dr. John Cobin". Plus he was a part time Professor at The King's College, New York City and LeTourneau University in Texas (online MBA program).

Director of Research (and Senior Economist)
[January-April 2001]Hispanic Business, Santa Barbara, CA Managed research department providing for magazine's core product, plus sales and e-commerce support. Develops consulting business for the firm and international economics committee. Troubled firm was unable to make good on what it promised for my role/department so I resigned after giving them 90 days (normal trial period).

Policy expert and Visiting Professor of Public Policy
[2000 - 2001] Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala and for a period at National American University, Rapid City, South Dakota. Besides teaching and research, I am creating an online Masters and PhD program in economics and public policy. I wrote an extensive business plan and powerpoint presentation, finding the best profesors in Latin America and the considerable capital to finance the project. Part of this project has been to develop a joint venture with George Mason University's Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy program. I teach courses in regulation and free market economics/public policy, i.e., public choice, Austrian economics, and law and economics themes, in Spanish (mostly). I am listed in the Heritage Foundation's Database of International Policy experts and I do consulting for Centro de Estudios Publicos in Santiago and elsewhere. I have been invited to participate in seminars and conferences to share my expertise in many parts of the world, including Washington, D.C., Prague, Aix-en-Provence, France, Brussels, Lima, Buenos Aires, Guatemala, and Santiago. In addition, I give lectures (mostly to graduate students) in Santiago and occasionally teach an undergraduate or graduate course part time. I also manage the Policy of Liberty website with its free market resources for erudite researchers and students, plus its email list for about 70 policy professionals and academics around the world. Moreover, I am actively publishing and marketing my five books via my website, via PDF, print-on-demand, and other formats, all of which can also be seen at Amazon.com.



Professor of Economics and Public Policy
[1996 - 2000] Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile where I did extensive research and I taught courses in regulation and free market economics/public policy (i.e., public choice, Austrian economics, and law and economics themes) in Spanish (mostly). Other universities in Chile where I taught courses regulation, public policy, and microeconomics in either English or Spanish. Centro de Estudios Públicos, Santiago, Chile where I have done public policy research and writing. I was also Adjunct (Visiting) Professor of Economics and Public Policy at George Mason University's Institute for Public Policy as co-leader of the Chile and the Global Economy Program (study abroad) in the International Commerce and Policy Program.

Policy Project Consultant & Teaching/Research Assistant (part time)
[1994 - 1995] The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Center for Market Processes, Fairfax, Virginia (now part of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy), and The Washington Institute for Policy Studies, Seattle, Washington While in graduate school, I collected, arranged, and analyzed economic data pertaining to government institutional policy and regulation, and business efficiency case studies. In addition, I wrote publishable-quality reports and policy recommendations, utilizing pertinent economic theory.

Financial Sales and Consulting Practice
[1989 - 1994+] John Cobin, M.A., Financial Services, Rogue River, Oregon. Employing the services of broker-dealers, I opened and ran a financial services office, with occasional part time employees. In this entrepreneurial endeavor, I marketed stocks, mutual funds, precious metals, annuities, and life and health insurance products. I developed over 100 clients and maintained between $1M and $2M under management. I provided full financial planning for many clients.

Vending Business Entrepreneur and Manager (part time)
[1989 - 1993] J & F Enterprises, Grants Pass, Oregon. I invested over $50,000 to build this entrepreneurial endeavor “from the ground up.” Without prior experience or contacts, I purchased and “located” (by marketing my program to various retailers) over 150 bulk candy, cologne, and toy vending machines (coin-operated). After a year of full time work, the business became a turnkey operation that yielded an annual return of about 46%. It netted $20,000 per year, requiring only 6 days of labor per month. The business was sold for $55,000 in 1993.

Microcomputer Consultant and dBASE Programmer (part time)
[1986 - 1992] Profitable Solutions, Inc., California, Hawaii, and Oregon. This entrepreneurial practice began as a supplement to my work as a college instructor. I purchased and installed hardware and software applications for personal computers. I provided extensive dBASE programming for clients in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Colorado, and Oregon. I also performed troubleshooting services and ad hoc projects from time to time.

Instructor (Economics, Finance, Business & Computer Applications)
[Fall of 1989] Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon
(one class)
[1988 - 1989] Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Oregon
[1987 - 1988] Kauai Community College, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
[1986 - 1987] Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara
I taught courses in economics, finance, investments, general business subjects, and computer applications. I also advised students and performed administrative duties.

Systems Accountant and Bank Savings Representative
[1985 - 1986] Cal Fed, Inc., California. I performed the duties of a savings representative, including customer service and daily account reconciliation in Long Beach, and I later became a staff (systems) accountant for the California Thrift and Loan unit in Santa Barbara. At that time, I performed general accountancy tasks, reconciling insurance and other corporate accounts, as well as managing the in-house computer system and designing/writing some programs.


Papers and Articles
Free Market Economics and Policy Textbook
Public Policy Books


University Faculty for Life
Association of Christian Economists
Society for the Advancement of Austrian Economics
American Economics Association


Native speaker of English. Fluent in Spanish. I have taught courses in both English and Spanish, mostly in Spanish.


Public policy topics related to fire safety regulation,perverse incentives, free market economics, homeschooling, Christian theology of public policy from 2004 to 2013 in Cuenca, Ecuador; Lima, Perú; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Belgrade, Serbia; La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Allodialism and subsidiarity, Summer University, Aix-en-Provence, France, September 5, 2000.
Allodial policy; Crititque of modern law and economics movement, Liberal Institute and Common Law Society, Prague, Czech Republic, September 11-12, 2000.
Siegan Brought Up to Date: A Critique of Zoning Policy in Santiago, European Association of Law and Economics, Gent, Belgium, September 14, 2000.
Plus other lectures on public policy issues in Belgrade, Serbia (2002, 2007, and 2008), Lima, Peru (2005), Montenegro (2002), Buenos Aires (2002 and 2004), Turin, Italy (2010) and Prague in 2002 and 2003 [see write-up in Czech], and again in the Czech Republic in 2003.


Microcomputer software, HTML web page creation, and hardware proficiency
dBASE programming (knowledge now quite dated).
Former FINRA Series 66 (NASSA Registered Investment Adviser / Blue Sky) and Series 7 (Registered Representative for Securities), plus Series 24 (Registered Principal / Supervise Registered Representatives) Securities Registration and Series 4 (Registered Options Principal / Supervise Options Trading (August 27, 2001) Securities Registration.
Former Life and Health Insurance and Annuities Licenses for California, South Carolina, and Georgia.


Born 1963 in the United States. Chilean citizen. Permanent resident of Italy. Married to Pamela Sepúlveda Mendoza, 7 children. Interests include writing, public speaking, and formerly volleyball, skiing, and camping. International experience and travel: visited 70 countries, some extensively (USA, Italy, Chile), and has been to every place in Chile with more than 500 people (except Isla Juan Fernández), an every major city in Italy. Countries visited include: Chile (20 years), Guatemala (6 weeks), Italy (14x, for 5 months total), New Zealand (3 weeks), Jordan (2 months), Nigeria (1 month), India (1 month), and Iran (2 months), plus considerable travel in Andorra (6x), Argentina (10x), Austria (2x), Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia (3x), Brazil (4x), Bulgaria, Canada (8x), Colombia (2x), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic (3x), Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt (2x), England (3x) and Wales, Estonia, Finland, France (8x), Germany (3x), Ghana, Greece (3x), Hong Kong (2x), Hungary, Israel (2x), Lebanon, Liechtenstein (2x), Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico (12x), Monaco, Morocco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru (4x), Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia (3x), Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain (6x), Sweden, Switzerland (5x), Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey (2x), Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican City (2x), Vietnam, as well as 49 USA states (all but Alaska) and every region of Chile and Italy.

John Cobin • Viña del Mar • Chile •
osorno7@earthlink.net or jcobinFO@gmail.com •
Skype osorno7 — [office USA line] (864) 244-6464 or (864) 244-8177

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