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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.

Pope Francis and the Caring Society 2017
California Dreaming 2015
California Golden Fleece Awards Fall 2018: Lawmakers and Government Employees Who Harass January 8, 2019
Panel on Pope Francis and Free Markets | Freedom Fest 2018 July 13, 2018
California's Public Pension Crisis: Why It Matters to You | Lawrence McQuillan, PhD May 8, 2018
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“California Housing Crisis Update” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KFAX radio’s Life!Liine with Craig Roberts January 16, 2020
Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the David Webb show on SiriusXM radio November 7, 2019
“PG&E’s Role in CA Fires” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KFI radio November 6, 2019
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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
Housing, Human Dignity and a ‘State of Emergency’ October 25, 2019
Trump Should Heed History and End His Trade Wars October 14, 2019
Trump and Newsom Think Alike on Deadly Wildfires July 10, 2019
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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
How To Be a Good Neighbor by Being a Role Model — The United States, Mexico, and Economic Freedom December 12, 2019
Historic Landmark Status Punishes Manhattan's Iconic Strand Bookstore June 20, 2019
Time for California’s DMV to Enter the 21st Century March 4, 2019
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CalPERS CEO Shows Callous Disregard for Others October 13, 2014

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