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

More from Chris Edwards


GOP Candidates and Spending Cuts August 1, 2015.

Coercion Is Bad Economics

Reason. July 27, 2015.

Too Big to Work

DC Examiner. July 13, 2015.

Cato Studies

Federal Government Cost Overruns

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 72. September 15, 2015.

Washington’s Largest Monument: Government Debt

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 71. September 8, 2015.

Why the Federal Government Fails

Policy Analysis No. 777. July 27, 2015.


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.


A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption

February 12, 2015. Book Forum.

The Libertarian State of the Union

February 6, 2015. Capitol Hill Briefing.

James Buckley on Reviving Federalism

December 1, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.