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Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of He is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. Before joining Cato, Edwards was a senior economist on the congressional Joint Economic Committee, a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an economist with the Tax Foundation. Edwards has testified to Congress on fiscal issues many times, and his articles on tax and budget policies have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and co-author of Global Tax Revolution. Edwards holds a B.A. and M.A. in economics, and he was a member of the Fiscal Future Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Ten Ways the Income Tax Harms Civil Liberties

Daily Caller. April 11, 2014.

What Do American Indians Deserve: Name Changes or Policy Changes?

The Federalist. April 2, 2014.

Needs Have Been Exaggerated

The New York Times (Online). March 13, 2014.

Cato Studies

How to Spend $3.9 Trillion

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 69. February 14, 2014.

Privatizing the Transportation Security Administration

Policy Analysis No. 742. November 19, 2013.

Infrastructure Investment: A State, Local, and Private Responsibility

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 67. January 18, 2013.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

Canada’s Fiscal Reforms

Cato Journal. Spring/Summer 2013.

We Can Cut Government: Canada Did

Policy Report. May/June 2012.

The Case for Cuts

Policy Report. November/December 2011.


The Libertarian State of the Union

January 24, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Mission Creep at the TSA and the Case for Privatization

November 14, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Shutdowns, Debt Ceilings, and Downsizing the Government

October 15, 2013. Sponsor E-Briefing.