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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


Governors Make Fiscal Progress

National Review (Online). October 2, 2014.

A Simple Tax Reform Can Help Families and Promote Economic Growth

The Wall Street Journal. August 25, 2014.

Keep Chopping Federal Spending

USA Today. July 28, 2014.

Cato Studies

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2014

White Paper. October 2, 2014.

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.

Cato Reviews & Journals


Cato Policy Forum and Luncheon 2014

November 14, 2014. Luncheon.

Cato Policy Forum and Luncheon 2014

November 13, 2014. Luncheon.

Federal Budget Outlook: It’s Worse Than You Think

July 31, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.