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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
The Road to Freedom and Prosperity July 10, 2015
Lawrence McQuillan Discusses the Public-Pension Crisis in the US May 29, 2015
Defusing California’s Pension Bomb May 28, 2015
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Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is Interviewed on the Bob Harden Radio Show August 17, 2015
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on WILS Radio July 17, 2015
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on the Tom Brown Show July 15, 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
If You Want to Fix U.S. Infrastructure, Ask Government to Step Aside November 8, 2016
Jail Time Needed, Not Fines, for CEO of Wells Fargo September 21, 2016
Bureaucrats or Citizens: Who Should Control the Police? July 14, 2016
Lessons from Flint’s Water Tragedy—And a Better Way Forward February 22, 2016
Pope Francis’ Charity Goggles Ignore the Power of Capitalism December 28, 2015
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California Burning: CAL FIRE Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece Award March 29, 2017
Caltrans Wins Golden Fleece Award for Its $10 Billion Highway Robbery August 22, 2016
California’s High-Speed Rail Authority Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece Award April 13, 2016
Beacon Blog Posts
The Federal Budget in Plain English October 27, 2016
Why Pro-Soda-Tax Ad in Bay Area Is Misleading, Part II October 10, 2016
Why Michael Bloomberg’s Pro-Soda-Tax Ad Is Misleading September 22, 2016
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CalPERS CEO Shows Callous Disregard for Others October 13, 2014