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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, the Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and coauthor of Global Tax Revolution.

Edwards holds a BA and an MA in economics, and he was a member of the Fiscal Future Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.

More from Chris Edwards


Timid GOP Postal Reforms July 1, 2016.

Don’t Fund Federal Job Retraining

USA Today. June 5, 2016.

Junk Food Stamps

Daily Caller. June 3, 2016.

Cato Studies

Options for Federal Privatization and Reform Lessons from Abroad

Policy Analysis No. 794. June 28, 2016.

Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 75. April 1, 2016.

Reforming Air Traffic Control

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 74. February 17, 2016.


Infrastructure Investment

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Corporate Tax Reform

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Do Budget Shortfalls Mean States Must Raise Taxes?

CQ Researcher. Fall 2009.


Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

June 29, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Air Traffic Control: Bipartisan Reform in 2016?

February 4, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2016

January 27, 2016. City Seminar.