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Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is the director of the Project for the Study of American Capitalism. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at Mason. In his writing and research, he specializes in economic freedom and economic growth, public-choice economics, and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses.

Mitchell has testified before the US Congress, and his articles have been featured in numerous national media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News and World Report, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. He blogs about economics and economic policy at Neighborhood Effects and served from August 2010 to June 2014 on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia, helping to formulate revenue expectations.

Mitchell received his PhD and MA in economics from George Mason University and his BA in political science and BS in economics from Arizona State University.


Select Publications: 

The Pathology of Privilege: The Economic Consequences of Government Favoritism 

The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change 

A House Divided against Itself Cannot Spend (as Much): The Fiscal Effect of Separate Taxing and Spending Committees in State Legislatures

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