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Adam B. Summers
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Adam B. Summers is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He previously worked as an editorial writer and columnist at the Orange County Register and its ten sister newspapers in the Southern California News Group, and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Reason Foundation.

Mr. Summers has written extensively on California and national politics, individual liberty, property rights, law and economics, public pension reform, occupational licensing, privatization, privacy/Fourth Amendment and civil liberties issues, government reform, and various other political and economic topics. In addition to his numerous Orange County Register articles, Summers’s columns have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, Contra Costa Times, The Freeman, Reason, and many others. Summers has testified before state legislative committees in Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Michigan on topics such as public pension reform and occupational licensing regulations.

Summers holds an M.A. in economics from George Mason University and a B.A. with a double-major in economics and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Books
The Pursuit of Justice 2010
Video
Why California Wastes Millions on Failing Tech Projects | Adam B. Summers November 20, 2020
COVID-19 Crisis: Could Coronavirus Be the Great Deregulator? Adam B. Summers and Graham H. Walker May 15, 2020
How California’s Policies Have Led to Uncontrollable Wildfires | Adam B. Summers January 2, 2020

Events
COVID-19 Crisis: Could Coronavirus Be the Great Deregulator? May 19, 2020
Commentary Articles
California Needs a New Approach on Homelessness November 23, 2021
The Cost of California’s Public-Employee Unions April 2, 2021
California Is the World’s Tech Capital, Except for Its Government’s Lousy IT November 19, 2020
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Briefings
Bugs in the System September 17, 2020
California Wildfires June 25, 2019
Executive Summaries
Beyond Homeless December 15, 2021
Fixing California’s Government Technology Failures September 17, 2020
Beacon Blog Posts
Economic Liberty Alleviates Poverty Better Than Any Government Program December 12, 2019
Blackouts and Monopolies: Public Utilities in California November 1, 2019
More Freedom, Not More Government (or Persistent Blackouts), Needed to Fight Wildfires October 9, 2019
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Catalyst Posts
Economic Liberty Alleviates Poverty Better Than Any Government Program December 28, 2019
Blackouts and Monopolies: Public Utilities in California November 16, 2019
Thoughts on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in California September 21, 2019
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Policy Report
Beyond Homeless November 10, 2021



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