Walter Block (born 1941) is an Austrian School economist.
Block was born in Brooklyn to Abraham Block, a CPA, and Ruth Block, a paralegal. He took his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College where he became a libertarian after a personal meeting with Ayn Rand. Block earned his PhD in Economics from Columbia University where he became interested in the Austrian School of economics.
Professor Block is a skilled handball player and an avid swimmer. He lives with his wife, Mary Beth, in his homes in New Orleans, British Columbia (Canada), and Seattle, Washington.
Professor Block now holds the Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair in Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a leading authority in his field. His most famous work is "Defending the Undefendables". Professor Block, the winner of numerous awards in his field, is noted among Columbia University's most distinguished alumni.