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Dr. Wolfram is the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of Economics at Hillsdale College, and President of Hillsdale Policy Group, a consulting firm specializing in taxation and policy analysis.

He was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University; served as a member of Michigan's State Board of Education from 1993 to 1999; was Chairman of the Headlee Amendment Blue Ribbon Commission; and has been a member of the Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority, the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board.

Dr. Wolfram's public policy experience includes serving as Congressman Nick Smith's Chief of Staff, Michigan’s Deputy State Treasurer for Taxation and Economic Policy under Governor John Engler, and Senior Economist to the Republican Senate in Michigan. 

Professor Wolfram graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at several colleges and universities, including Mount Holyoke College, The University of Michigan, and Washington State University.

He has a weekly column for The Michigan View, and has contributed to Human Events, American Spectator and National Review. His publications include Towards a Free Society: An Introduction to Markets and the Political System, and several works on public policy issues. He was named Hillsdale College’s Professor of the Year for 2004 and received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. In 2003, Michigan Runner Magazine also named him one of the top 25 runners in Michigan of the past 25 years.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 4, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, Robert Genetski, Howard L. Simons, Bette Grande, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Barry P. Keating, Russ McCullough
"Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Senate’s approval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the best gifts taxpayers will find under their tree this year – or even during their lifetimes." - Jesse Hathaway
November 16, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Jesse Hathaway, Robert Genetski, Gary Wolfram, Roy Cordato, Scott H. Richardson
"Today, the House finally did what it promised to do, and the result will be a growing economy, higher wages, and a simpler tax code" - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
November 2, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., S. T. Karnick, Jesse Hathaway, John Nothdurft, Robert Genetski, Christopher Garbacz, Clifford Thies, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Joe Cobb, Russ McCullough
"Time is running out for Congress in 2017, and Americans can’t afford to wait another day for relief from government’s ever-expanding intrusion on our lives and wallets" - Jesse Hathaway
September 27, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Justin Haskins, Jesse Hathaway, S. T. Karnick, John Nothdurft, Gary Wolfram, Scott H. Richardson, Roy Cordato, Clifford Thies
"President Trump’s tax reform plan holds major promise for restoring booming economic growth to America" - Peter Ferrara
October 1, 2009
By Gary Wolfram
Gary Wolfram, head of the economics department at Hillsdale College, explains why government-subsidized health insurance schemes won't help make health care or insurance more affordable.

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