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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 in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Economics from George Mason University. He was a member of the Fiscal Future Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.

More from Chris Edwards


Trump’s Budget Cuts Are Fair and Necessary March 19, 2017.

The Threat from Federal Debt March 14, 2017.

Cut Corporate Taxes and Corporate Welfare February 3, 2017.

Cato Studies

Privatizing U.S. Airports

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 76. November 21, 2016.

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2016

White Paper. October 5, 2016.

Options for Federal Privatization and Reform Lessons from Abroad

Policy Analysis No. 794. June 28, 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.

Public Filings


Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017. Special Event.

Setting Transportation Infrastructure Priorities

March 6, 2017. Policy Forum.

Cato Handbook for Policymakers: Capitol Hill Launch

February 16, 2017. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Downsizing Government