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William F. Shughart II
Research Director and Senior Fellow
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William F. Shughart II is Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, President of the Public Choice Society, and past President of the Southern Economic Association. A former economist at the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Shughart received his Ph.D. in economics from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at George Mason University, Clemson University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Arizona.

Professor Shughart is Editor-in-Chief of Public Choice and his books include Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination; The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (ed. with L. Razzolini); The Organization of Industry; Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics; Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle); Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (ed. with R. Tollison); The Political Economy of the New Deal (with J. Couch); The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust (ed. with F. McChesney); The Economics of Budget Deficits (ed. with C. Rowley and R. Tollison); The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition (ed. with M. Reksulak and L. Razzolini); and The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (ed. with C. Thomas).

A contributor to numerous other books, Professor Shughart is the author of more than 100 articles for scholarly journals and his popular articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Oklahoman, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Clarion-Ledger, Vision Hispana, National Post, Providence Journal, and many other publications.

Patent Trolls (Foreword) 2014
Taxing Choice 1997
Regulation and the Reagan Era 1989
The Roots of Government Failure: An Interview November 30, 2011

“Abolish Daylight Savings?” Sr. Fellow William F. Shughart II appears on the Michael Smerconish radio show on SiriusXM March 15, 2021
William F. Shughart Discusses the Import-Export Bank on The Gary Nolan Show July 9, 2014
William F. Shughart Interviewed on Budget & Tax News Podcast December 24, 2010

Independent Review Articles
The Naked Emperor: Politics without Romance in The Calculus of Consent Spring 2020
Gordon Tullock’s Critique of the Common Law Fall 2018
Robert D. Tollison: In Memoriam Summer 2017
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Commentary Articles
America Needs Proactive Energy Solutions, Not False Allegations April 8, 2022
The Defense Production Act Won’t Bring Us Supply-Chain Security March 25, 2022
President Biden’s Ham-Handed Misuse of Antitrust Law February 4, 2022
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Plastic Pollution May 14, 2018
Executive Summary
Liquidating Federal Assets March 6, 2017
Beacon Blog Posts
Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Antitrust June 17, 2022
Noncompete Contract Clauses are Agreed-Upon Voluntarily June 14, 2022
Mass Shootings and Gun Violence: Why Buffalo? Why Uvalde? May 31, 2022
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Catalyst Posts
Bezos, Zuckerberg and Congressional Antitrust Hysteria August 8, 2020
Don’t Bet Only on the Sun and the Wind January 6, 2020
Don’t Be So Quick to Write Off Natural Gas September 24, 2019
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
Public Broadcasting Subsidy: Unnecessary and Irrational December 19, 2010
State of California to Sell 24 Government Buildings for $2.3 Billion October 16, 2010
The Costs of the Federal Bailouts September 3, 2010
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Research Articles
Income-Expenditure Elasticities of Less-Healthy Consumption Goods March 29, 2017
The Economic Case for Lifting the Crude Oil Exports Ban June 3, 2015
Barbarians at Bill Gates April 1, 2000
Dakota Access Followed the Permitting Rules September 22, 2016

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