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Lawrence J. McQuillan
Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation
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Lawrence J. McQuillan is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University, and he has served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, Director of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Founding Publisher and Contributing Editor of Economic Issues.

Dr. McQuillan’s books and major studies include California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America's Public Pension Crisis, A Brighter Future: Solutions to Policy Issues Affecting America’s Children, California Prosperity: Roadmap to Recovery 2011: Ten Steps to Return California to Prosperity, Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort System, U.S. Tort Liability Index, The Facts about Medical Malpractice Liability Costs, U.S. Economic Freedom Index, An Empire Disaster: Why New York’s Tort System Is Broken and How to Fix It, Tort Law Tally: How State Tort Reforms Affect Tort Losses and Tort Insurance Premiums, Bringing More Sunshine to California: How to Expand Open Government in the Golden State and The International Monetary Fund: Financial Medic to the World? In addition, he is the author of more than 350 articles in such leading outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, USA Today, New York Post, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

He further created the California Golden Fleece Awards to highlight a state or local spending program or regulation that fleeces California taxpayers, consumers, or businesses. He has been an advisor for the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee, Socioeconomic Council of Madrid, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Heritage/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's task force on a constitutional spending limit for California, California State Senator Tom McClintock, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Law and Judiciary Policy Committee of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Office of Science and Technology, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy, and elsewhere.

Dr. McQuillan has appeared on NPR, Fox Business Network, CNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, and radio stations across the U.S.

Pope Francis and the Caring Society 2017
California Dreaming 2015
Panel on Pope Francis and Free Markets | Freedom Fest 2018 July 13, 2018
California's Public Pension Crisis: Why It Matters to You | Lawrence McQuillan, PhD May 8, 2018
The Economics of Pope Francis and the Caring Society Panel (Audio Only) April 3, 2018
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"How to Eliminate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch" Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Appears on the Mike Schikman Show on WSVA Radio August 16, 2018
Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Appears on the Lars Larson Radio Program October 20, 2017
Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is Interviewed on the Bob Harden Radio Show August 17, 2015
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New Bridges: California April 7, 2017
The Road to Serfdom from Austria to America July 12, 2016
Independent Review Articles
Pope Francis, Capitalism, and Private Charitable Giving Winter 2017
Commentary Articles
Hacking Mosquitoes to Save Lives October 4, 2018
Measuring Economic Injustice against Women in Saudi Arabia and around the World September 6, 2018
The Solution for ‘Robogeddon’ Is Rapid Retraining, Not Guaranteed Income August 24, 2018
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California Property Crime Surge Is Unintended Consequence of Proposition 47 June 28, 2018
The California Department of Water Resources Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its “Patch and Pray” Approach to Dam Safety October 17, 2017
California Burning: CAL FIRE Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award March 29, 2017
Beacon Blog Posts
Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicol?Maduro June 14, 2018
Free Market Think Tanks, Persuasion, and Big Data March 15, 2018
How a Charity Uses Fake Money and Auction Markets to Help Feed America January 12, 2018
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CalPERS CEO Shows Callous Disregard for Others October 13, 2014