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Sallie James is a director of development at the Cato Institute.

Before joining Cato in 2006, James was an executive officer in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working on industrials market access negotiations. Prior to that she was a Senior Policy Adviser in the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. She held numerous research and teaching assistant positions while studying.

Her articles have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and other American newspapers as well as the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the European Review of Agricultural Economics. James has appeared on BBC World, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and other TV and radio outlets.

James received her Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics degrees from the University of Adelaide, and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Western Australia.

More from Sallie James


Cato Studies

Farm Bill “Reform” Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Free Trade Bulletin No. 52. May 29, 2013.

Regulatory Protectionism: A Hidden Threat to Free Trade

Policy Analysis No. 723. April 9, 2013.

Expanding Ex-Im’s Mandate Is A Big Mistake

Free Trade Bulletin No. 48. March 14, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Ex-Im Is Beyond Reform

Regulation. Summer 2012.


Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018

October 12, 2018. City Seminar.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2017

November 17, 2017. City Seminar.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2017

March 31, 2017. City Seminar.

Downsizing Government