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William F. Shughart II
Research Director and Senior Fellow

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William F. Shughart II is Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, and past President of the Southern Economic Association. A former economist at the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Shughart received his Ph.D. in economics from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at George Mason University, Clemson University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Arizona.

Professor Shughart is Editor-in-Chief of Public Choice and his books include Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination; The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (ed. with L. Razzolini); The Organization of Industry; Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics; Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle); Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (ed. with R. Tollison); The Political Economy of the New Deal (with J. Couch); The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust (ed. with F. McChesney); The Economics of Budget Deficits (ed. with C. Rowley and R. Tollison); The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition (ed. with M. Reksulak and L. Razzolini); and The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (ed. with C. Thomas).

A contributor to numerous other books, Professor Shughart is the author of more than 100 articles for scholarly journals and his popular articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Oklahoman, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Clarion-Ledger, Vision Hispana, National Post, Providence Journal, and many other publications.

Patent Trolls (Foreword) 2014
Taxing Choice 1997
Regulation and the Reagan Era 1989
The Roots of Government Failure: An Interview November 30, 2011

William F. Shughart Discusses the Import-Export Bank on The Gary Nolan Show July 9, 2014
William F. Shughart Interviewed on Budget & Tax News Podcast December 24, 2010

Independent Review Articles
The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World Fall 2014
Sin Taxes and Sindustry: Revenue, Paternalism, and Political Interest Summer 2014
Disaster Relief as Bad Public Policy Spring 2011
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Philadelphia’s Proposed Soda Tax Is Government Manipulation May 13, 2016
Obama Gas Tax Is Poorly Timed April 8, 2016
Obama’s Energy Doctrine Is Proving Disastrous April 4, 2016
Highway Death Tolls Will Skyrocket as 54.5 MPG Standard Takes Effect March 22, 2016
Climate Activism Interferes with Responsible Public Pension Fund Management March 18, 2016
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Beacon Blog Posts
Old Enough to Choose a President, but Not to Buy Cigarettes? May 12, 2016
California’s Dream World May 4, 2016
Tax Freedom Day 2016 April 24, 2016
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Public Broadcasting Subsidy: Unnecessary and Irrational December 19, 2010
State of California to Sell 24 Government Buildings for $2.3 Billion October 16, 2010
Raising Taxes Is No Way to Spur Economy September 20, 2010
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Research Articles
The Economic Case for Lifting the Crude Oil Exports Ban June 3, 2015
Barbarians at Bill Gates April 1, 2000