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Cato Institute senior fellow, Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on poverty and social welfare policy, health care reform, and Social Security.

Tanner is the author of numerous other books on public policy, including Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society, and A New Deal for Social Security.

Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Time magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security. The New York Times refers to him as “a lucid writer and skilled polemicist.”

More recently Tanner has undertaken a major project to develop innovative solutions to poverty and inequality.

Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs.

More from Michael D. Tanner

Commentary

A Portrait in Courage

National Review (Online). May 25, 2016.

Health-Care Reform and the Candidates

National Review (Online). May 18, 2016.

How Trump Would Deal with the National Debt

National Review (Online). May 11, 2016.

Cato Studies

The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe

Policy Analysis No. 779. August 24, 2015.

The Pros and Cons of a Guaranteed National Income

Policy Analysis No. 773. May 12, 2015.

War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

Policy Analysis No. 761. October 20, 2014.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

Running Out of Other People’s Money

Policy Report. May/June 2015.

Is America Becoming Greece?

Cato Journal. Spring/Summer 2013.

Introduction: Europe’s Crisis and the Welfare State

Cato Journal. Spring/Summer 2013.

Downsizing the Federal Government