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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 opinion contributor at The Hill. 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, co-author of On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted SuicideExpanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and 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.

July 29, 2020

A "Broken" Economic Theory (Audio: Interview)

On WINA’s Rob Schilling Show, Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how the blue city riots will be putting the "broken windows" economic theory to the test, and proving, once again, why it is a fallacy.

July 28, 2020

Can the Trump Mojo Do It Again? (Audio: Interview)

In this interview with Michael Berry on Houston’s 740 KTRH, IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews discusses some of the reasons why the president remains a strong candidate. 

May 21, 2020

Would a COVID-19 Vaccine Alter the Public's Perception and Use of Vaccines? (Audio: Interview)

In a conversation with San Francisco's KGO radio host Chip Franklin, Merrill Matthews discuss current trends in vaccines useage.

May 20, 2020

Social Justice and Mandated Vaccinations (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WAVA's Don Kroah in Washington DC, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the NY nursing home disaster and the possibility of government mandates of COVID vaccinations. 

April 26, 2020

The 'Trump Deal' and Oil Prices (Audio: Interview)

Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews joins Charles Heller on Liberty Watch Radio to discuss the "Trump Deal" and its impact on energy and oil prices. 

April 6, 2020

Pandemic Demonstrates We Need More Diversity in Essential Supply Chains (Audio: Interview)

In an interview on the Steve Cortes Show (550AM Chicago), IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews explains why one of the lessons that may be learned from the current pandemic crisis is that more diversity, not less, is needed in the supply chains of essential products like pharmaceuticals. 

March 24, 2020

A Stimulus Package with a Side of Pork (Audio: Interview)

Never letting a crisis go to waste, politicians are stuffing the relief package with a few pet projects of their own. In an interview with WAVA's Don Kroah in Washington DC, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews warns of the pork projects being included in the proposed stimulus package and what it will mean to the U.S. economy going forward. 

March 19, 2020

The Challenges of the Stimulus Bills (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer in Medford, Ore., IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews warns of some of the challenges that will follow with the proposd stimulus packages before Congress.

March 18, 2020

Fixing Our Ailing Healthcare System (Audio: Podcast)

In this Ricochet podcast, Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews joins Carol Roth to talk about the problems Obamacare caused, why Medicare for All isn’t a solution and what needs to be done, particularly by Republicans who have failed to deliver a comprehensive alternative. Plus, a “Now You Know” segment on martial arts.

March 2, 2020

Greater Idaho Delivers a Message and Prescription Drug Prices Could be Managed (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer in Medford, Ore., IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews explains the back story on the Greater Idaho movement and how prescription drug prices could be better controlled. 

February 12, 2020

2021 Budget Proposal: Where's the Cut? (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WBOB’s Ed Dean, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the 2021 Budget Proposal and belies the claim that there are any "cuts" in entitlement spending as the deficit continues to grow. 

January 16, 2020

Looking at a More Balanced Assessment of the U.S.- China Trade Deal (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WAVA's Don Kroah in Washington DC, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews notes that although one of the president's top trade advisors sees nothing but positives from imposing tariffs, a more balanced view sees some positives, but many negatives. 

January 13, 2020

Blue State Exodus (Audio: Interview)

Merrill Matthews joins the WBAP Morning News discussing his recent article about people leaving blue states for red ones, and how that momentum is picking up. 

January 9, 2020

The World is Getting Better Thanks to Fossil Fuels (Audio: Interview)

In this Heartland Institute podcast, IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews reviews the innovations that have been sustained by fossil fuels. In terms of human well-being and prosperity, and environmental quality, the world is getting better and better, despite what climate alarmist are indoctrinating kids to believe.

December 16, 2019

Indications the Trump Impeachment is Political Grandstanding Part 2 (Audio: Interview)

In this second part of an interview with radio host Mike Siegel on WBEN (Buffalo, NY), IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews continues his discussion on the reasons we know the Trump impeachment is political grandstanding. Further, he and the host discuss intellectual property and trade policies with China and Mexico.

Total Records: 454