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Emily C. Skarbek
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Emily C. Skarbek is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, founding Director of the Institute's Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation (COEI) and the COEI Government Cost Calculator, and Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College in London, England. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, and she has been Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University and an F.A. Hayek Scholar, and she is the recipient of the Don Lavoie Memorial Award.

Her scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Private Enterprise, Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics, and Energy and Environment, and she is a contributing author to the books, After Katrina: The Political Economy of Disaster and Community Rebound (ed. by Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil H. Storr) and Advances in Austrian Economics. Her research fields include applied microeconomics, urban economics, labor economics, charity, and economic development, and her policy papers on housing voucher choice programs have been published by the Mercatus Center.

Dr. Skarbek has been interviewed on Fox Business Channel, NBC TV, International Press TV, PJTV, Reason TV, CBS Radio, and elsewhere, and her popular articles have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Washington Examiner, Providence Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald, Albany Times Union, Wilmington Star, Star Telegram, Human Events, Oregon Live, Birmingham News, Salt Lake Tribune, Press Enterprise, Sacramento Bee, Bellingham Herald, Juneau Empire, Lima News, Great Falls Tribune, Lewiston Sun Journal, Centre Daily Times, and many other newspapers.

Video
Emily Skarbek on Call For More Oil May 19, 2011
Emily Skarbek on the Government Cost Calculator May 12, 2011
Emily Skarbek on U.S. Government Policies and Unemployment January 17, 2011
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Audio
Emily Skarbek Interviewed on Budget & Tax News Podcast December 2, 2010
MyGovCost.org Director Emily Skarbek on Mad in the Middle November 15, 2010
The Jason Lewis Show Interviews Emily Skarbek on the Government Cost Calculator September 29, 2010
Dr. Emily Skarbek Talks about the Government Cost Calculator on “Taking Back America” September 29, 2010

Events
Economic Liberalism and the Free Society in the Developing World May 7, 2011
Understanding Today's Economy May 20, 2010
Commentary
Writing Checks Against the Future January 22, 2012
It’s Time to Get Rid of FEMA September 12, 2011
Downgrading America’s Politicians August 17, 2011
Debt or Default: A False Choice July 14, 2011
The Federal Deficit: Why You Should Care April 16, 2011
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Beacon Blog Posts
Bush’s FEMA Was No Gem Either July 7, 2010
"The Biggest Threat We Have to Our National Security Is Our Debt" July 6, 2010
Homebuyer Tax Credit: Debt Financed Public Policy June 28, 2010
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Don Boudreaux on Public Debt March 27, 2012
Where's the Cheese? The Geography of Government Transfers March 7, 2012
Fiscal Discipline? March 5, 2012
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Presentations
Capitalism and Economic Growth April 15, 2010