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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.

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Cato Studies

Restoring Responsible Government by Cutting Federal Aid to the States

Policy Analysis No. 868. May 20, 2019.

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2018

White Paper. October 9, 2018.

Tax Reform and Interstate Migration

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 84. September 6, 2018.


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 Reviews & Journals

5. Federal Tax Reform

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

Margaret Thatcher’s Privatization Legacy

Cato Journal. Winter 2017.

A Nation Wholly Free: The Elimination of the National Debt in the Age of Jackson

Cato Journal. Spring/Summer 2015.


Economic Inequality: Are We Measuring It Right and What Does It Mean?

April 29, 2019. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Rethinking America’s Highways

September 7, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Freedom in the 50 States

August 24, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.