William F. Shughart II
    William F. Shughart II
    Senior Editor, Director of Koch Scholars

    Utah State University
    Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    Economics & Finance

    J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice

    Bio

    William F. Shughart II, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University is Senior Editor and Director of Koch Scholars at The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. Professor Shughart also serves as Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and is a past President of the Southern Economic Association.

    A former economist at the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Shughart received his PhD in economics from Texas A & M University, and has taught at George Mason University, Clemson University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Arizona.

    Professor Shughart is Editor-in-Chief of Public Choice. His books include Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination; The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (ed. with L. Razzolini); The Organization of Industry; Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics; Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle); Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (ed. with R. Tollison); The Political Economy of the New Deal (with J. Couch); The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust (ed. with F. McChesney); The Economics of Budget Deficits (ed. with C. Rowley and R. Tollison); The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition (ed. with M. Reksulak and L. Razzolini); The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (ed. with C. Thomas).

    A contributor to numerous other books, Professor Shughart is the author of more than 100 articles for scholarly journals and his popular articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Oklahoman, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Clarion-Ledger, Vision Hispana, National Post, Providence Journal, and many other publications.

    Education
    • PhD, Economics, Texas A&M University, 1978
    • MS, Economics, Texas A&M University, 1970
    • BA, Economics, Texas A&M University, 1969
    Research Interests

    Industrial Organization Antitrust
    Public Choice Tax Policy

    Externally-Published Research

    Plastic Pollution – Bans vs. Recycling Solutions

    To offset the environmental impacts of products made from expanded polystyrene (also known as plastic foam or Styrofoam), a number of municipalities have considered or implemented bans of these consumer products. This paper examines the environmental and economic impacts of these bans relative to other comparable replacement products.

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    Policy Papers All Research   By admin In Policy PapersPosted November 29, 2018 Cooperative Conservation: Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Saving Endangered Species Since it was passed in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has enabled federal agencies to protect species listed as endangered or threatened by enforcing strict prohibitions against any harm to the [...]

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    Working Papers All Research   By admin In Working PapersPosted November 2, 2018 How Does Lobbying Regulation Affect the Stock Prices of Firms That Lobby the Most? This research examines the effect of political activity on a firm’s value by analyzing the impact of a policy change that increased public disclosure requirements associated with lobbying. [...]

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    News & Media Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. News Newsletter Media Mentions Multimedia News   William Shughart Speaks to CGO Fellows on Proven Techniques [...]

    Books
    • Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination
    • The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (ed. with L. Razzolini)
    • The Organization of Industry
    • Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics
    • Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle)
    • Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (ed. with R. Tollison)
    • The Political Economy of the New Deal (with J. Couch)
    • The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust (ed. with F. McChesney)
    • The Economics of Budget Deficits (ed. with C. Rowley and R. Tollison)
    • The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition (ed. with M. Reksulak and L. Razzolini)
    • The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (ed. with C. Thomas).
    Academic Publications
    News

    William Shughart Speaks to CGO Fellows on Proven Techniques & Emerging Research

    Professor William F. Shughart II spoke at the Center for Growth and Opportunity’s weekly student fellows meeting on Monday, Oct. 1. Shughart is the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University as well as Senior Editor at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

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    Podcasts

    William F. Shughart II on Applied Microeconomic Theory and Public Choice

    William F. Shughart II, Senior Editor at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, is interviewed by Hayek Program scholar Jayme Lemke.