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Lawrence J. McQuillan
Senior Fellow and Director, 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.

Books
Pope Francis and the Caring Society 2017
California Dreaming 2015
Video
California Burning: Lawrence J. McQuillan and Mary L. G. Theroux August 24, 2020
California Housing Regulations: California Golden Fleece® Award (Winter 2019/20) April 14, 2020
California Golden Fleece Awards Fall 2018: Lawmakers and Government Employees Who Harass January 8, 2019
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Audio
“California's Housing Cost Crisis” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on Morning Briefing with Tim Farley on the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM radio January 28, 2020
“California Housing and Homelessness” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Lars Larson radio show January 28, 2020
“California’s Homeless Crisis” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show January 24, 2020
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Events
California Burning August 24, 2020
New Bridges: California: Advancing Liberty & Prosperity in a Divided America April 7, 2017
The Road to Serfdom from Austria to America: How Lessons Can be Learned July 12, 2016
Independent Review Articles
Pope Francis, Capitalism, and Private Charitable Giving Winter 2016/17
Commentary Articles
Split Roll Tax Measure Would Harm Vulnerable Californians August 4, 2020
We Got Housing Built after the 1906 Quake. We Can Do It Again. Here’s How. March 13, 2020
How California Housing Reforms Would Boost Workers Nationwide February 6, 2020
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Briefings
How to Restore the California Dream January 8, 2020
California Wildfires June 25, 2019
Driving Californians Crazy: The Department of Motor Vehicles Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its Incompetence and Poor Customer Service January 29, 2019
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Executive Summary
Solving California’s Housing Affordability Crisis January 8, 2020
Beacon Blog Posts
What's Wrong With the “Fix Your Own Government” Argument Opposing Immigration? August 18, 2020
California Supreme Court Curtails Pension Abuse by Law Enforcement Officers, Others August 4, 2020
An Open Letter to the People of Hong Kong July 24, 2020
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Letter
CalPERS CEO Shows Callous Disregard for Others October 13, 2014



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