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William F. Shughart II


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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 at Utah State University, and past president of the Southern Economic Association.

William F. Shughart II is Research Director and Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University, 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 DiscriminationThe Elgar Companion to Public Choice (second edition published April 2013); The Organization of Industry; Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics; Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle); Policy Challenges and Political ResponsesPublic Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (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 (with C. Rowley and R. Tollison); and The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (with C. Thomas).

Professor Shughart is the author of more than 125 articles for scholarly journals and his popular articles have also appeared in the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesOklahomanSan Francisco ChronicleInvestor’s Business DailySan Jose Mercury NewsPhiladelphia InquirerSan Francisco Examiner, Kansas City StarPittsburgh Post-GazetteWashington Times,Detroit Free PressClarion-LedgerVision HispanaNational PostProvidence Journal and many other publications.

Dr. Shughart is listed among the top 5% of authors at IDEAS. He has published more than 200 scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews. His numerous books include The Organization of Industry (Irwin, 1990; Dame Publications, 1997); Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics (Quorum Books, 1990); Modern Managerial Economics: Economic Theory for Business Decisions (South-Western Publishing Co., 1994), co-authored with William F. Chappell and Rex L. Cottle; and The Political Economy of the New Deal (Edward Elgar, 1998), co-authored with Jim F. Couch. He is the co-editor (with Fred S. McChesney) of The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust: The Public-Choice Perspective (University of Chicago Press, 1995), the editor of the 1998 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award-winning Independent Institute book, Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination (Transaction Publishers, 1997), the senior editor (with Laura Razzolini) of The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (Edward Elgar, 2001), the co-editor (with Charles K. Rowley and Robert D. Tollison) of the two-volume Economics of Budget Deficits (Edward Elgar, 2002), and the co-editor (with Robert D. Tollison) of Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (Springer, 2005). In addition to his research interests in industrial organization, antitrust and public choice, Dr. Shughart has written extensively on tax policy, energy policy, education reform and college sports. His commentaries on these and other topical issues have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Plain Dealer, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, The Baltimore Sun, Commercial Appeal, Birmingham (Ala.) News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Providence Journal-Bulletin, Clarion-Ledger, Investor's Business Daily, Journal of Commerce, Regulation, Insight on the News, Economic Affairs, and many other publications.

Recent Articles and Publications

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June 19, 2017
By William F. Shughart II
Nuclear power is the cleanest source of electricity. If the U.S. wants it to continue to contribute to the nation’s power supply the Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to reform the permitting process.
April 20, 2017
By William F. Shughart II
Instead of damning oil as evil, politicians and pundits should start questioning their blind faith in ethanol.
April 15, 2015
By Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), David L. Applegate, Dan Pilla, Jesse Hathaway, Michael Warder, John McAdams (1945 - 2021), John C. Goodman, William F. Shughart II , Merrill Matthews, Barry Garelick, Larry Kaufmann, F.H. Buckley, Jay Lehr, John Coleman (1934-2018), Richard J. Trzupek, Greg R. Lawson, Richard A. Viguerie, Ron Arnold, Gary Wolfram, John Dale Dunn
Today is April 15: Tax Day – the day many Americans account for a big chunk of their earnings going to state and federal governments – and the first year Obamacare is a part of filing a tax return.

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