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Merrill Matthews

Resident Scholar

Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy “think tank.”  He is a health policy expert and contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Matthews is a past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics, the largest trade association of business economists. Dr. Matthews also served for 10 years as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Human Experimentation, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and, in 2009, Stop Paying the Crooks (on Medicare fraud).  

He has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today, Forbes magazine and the Washington Times.  He was an award-winning political analyst for the USA Radio Network. 

Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas

April 10, 2018

Even the Threat of a Trade War Could Tank the Economy


The U.S. economy has shifted from strength to uncertainty, and both because of President Trump's policies: Economic strength emerged from his regulation and tax cut efforts, and uncertainty from his tariff threats.

April 9, 2018

Federal Report: Obamacare Charges Luxury Premiums For Economy Health Plans


The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an excellent, detailed summary of the Affordable Care Act’s 2018 health insurance exchange enrollment. It’s not a pretty picture.

April 3, 2018

One Good Reason to Ask a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census


There are some good reasons for asking a citizenship question on the U.S. census that might inform various policy debates, such as identifying the number of uninsured.

March 27, 2018

Arctic Sea Ice Has Been Declining, But Maybe Not Why Critics Think


There are multiple non-human-caused factors that affect Arctic sea ice: Here two of them.

March 26, 2018

Call It the 'Omni-Bust' Spending Bill


Members of Congress refer to their just-passed government-funding legislation as the “omnibus spending bill.” But “omni-bust” would better describe it, because it reveals all the ways Congress is busted.

March 21, 2018

Five Undeniable Truths About Tariffs


President Trump hopes to make tariffs great again. But economists learned several lessons from the past big tariff push in the 1930s. Here are some of those lessons.

March 20, 2018

Gov. Walker Embraces 'Workfare' and Solves Two Problems


Welfare recipients need jobs and employers need workers, especially now. Gov. Scott Walker has one solution for both problems.

March 15, 2018

Trump Announces New Economic Advisor


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“With the departure of Gary Cohn, many were concerned that an important voice for free markets would be missing from the administration,” stated Merrill Matthews, a scholar at the conservative  Institute for Policy Innovation. “Appointing Larry Kudlow should relieve those fears.”

March 14, 2018

Trump names Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Conservative free trade groups praised the move.  “With the departure of Gary Cohn, many were concerned that an important voice for free markets would be missing from the administration,” said Merrill Matthews, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation. “Appointing Larry Kudlow should relieve those fears.”

March 14, 2018

Larry Kudlow Praised as Trump's Potential Top Economic Advisor


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The Institute for Policy Innovation is praising the expected naming of CNBC commentator and analyst Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's chief economic advisor (head of the National Economic Council).

 

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