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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 Ph.D. 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
Inflation Revs, Ukraine Turns, Taiwan Fears, Homelessness Grows | Independent Outlook 40 June 15, 2022
Why Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Has Declined | Lawrence McQuillan February 1, 2022
California Wildfires, Explained | Lawrence McQuillan, Director at Independent Institute September 1, 2020
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Audio
KGO Radio Listeners React to CA Golden Fleece® Award Given to BART January 20, 2022
“California Burning” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show August 23, 2021
“California’s COVID Failures” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on The Andy Caldwell Show on KUHL radio in Santa Maria, CA. May 3, 2021
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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
It’s Time to Rethink BART Expansion March 5, 2022
Emergency Reforms Worth Keeping July 23, 2021
How to Make the COVID Vaccine Fast-Track the New Standard June 14, 2021
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Briefings
Crime, Grime, and Greed at BART January 19, 2022
COVID in California April 27, 2021
How to Restore the California Dream January 8, 2020
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Executive Summaries
Beyond Homeless December 15, 2021
COVID in California April 27, 2021
Solving California’s Housing Affordability Crisis January 8, 2020
Beacon Blog Posts
A Proposed Amendment to California's Constitution to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis May 20, 2022
Joe Biden’s Supreme Court Social Experiment March 22, 2022
What Does the Ukraine Border in 2022 and Scottish Golf in 1457 Have in Common? Human Rights Violations March 11, 2022
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Catalyst Posts
Immigration, Migration, and the Naivet?f Nativism August 23, 2020
Trump and Newsom Think Alike on Deadly Wildfires July 19, 2019
Historic Landmark Status Punishes Manhattan’s Iconic Strand Bookstore June 25, 2019
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Letter
CalPERS CEO Shows Callous Disregard for Others October 13, 2014
Policy Report
Beyond Homeless November 10, 2021



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