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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.

January 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Consumer Welfare Should Always Come First (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, with the help of Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains why policy should put what’s best for consumers ahead of what’s best for producers and competitors in the areas of trade and antitrust, and also ahead of what’s best for politicians.

January 14, 2021

Guess Who Wants to Cut Taxes for the Rich? Democrats! (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains how President-Elect Biden and congressional Democrats want to cut taxes for their wealthy constituents in blue states by eliminating the $10,000 cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT).

January 14, 2021

Is PAYGO Still a Thing? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains Congress’s “PAYGO” spending requirement, and why it has been completely ineffective in restraining federal spending or reducing budget deficits.

January 7, 2021

Amazon (and others) Failed at Health Care Reform Because It Wasn't a Disrupter (Audio: Podcast)

Fundamentally, until consumers are in charge of their own health care spending, healthcare cannot be disrupted, and thus companies like Amazon can only tinker around the edges.


January 7, 2021

Biden Should Retain These Trump Policies to Keep American Great in 2021 (Audio: Podcast)

Biden should retain the Trump administration’s successes in tax reform, Mid-East policy, and pressuring China if it wants to build on those successes and keep America great again in 2021.


December 17, 2020

It's Time to End the Social Security Retirement Earnings Limit (Audio: Podcast)

In the December 17, 2020 episode of the Institute for Policy Innovation Podcast, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the Social Security retirement earnings limit, why it makes no sense, and why it’s time to eliminate it.

December 17, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: A Primer on Price Controls (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how government price controls distort price signals and thus cause distortions in markets, which harm competition, innovation, and consumer choice.


November 19, 2020

Guess Which Party Spent the Most on the 2020 Election? (Audio: Podcast)

Republicans are supposed to be the part of the “rich,” but not anymore. Democrats have out-raised and out-spent Republicans in the last several election cycles.

November 19, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: Why Prescription Drug Importation Is a Bad Idea (Audio: Podcast)

Importing drugs from other countries was first embraced by Democrats and now by some Republicans as a way of lowering Americans’ drug spending. But if there’s such a great demand, why has it never worked when implemented at scale? And why won’t anyone take FL Governor Ron DeSantis’ $30 million offer for a company to implement it in Florida? Hint: It might have to do with Medicare Part D, generic drugs, and the danger of counterfeiting.

November 5, 2020

IPI Policy Basics: Five Key Turning Points in the Quest for US Energy Independence (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the five key turning points that have shaped US energy independence, going back to “peak oil” and the shortages of the 1970s, to the fracking revolution and US oil exports. Part of our IPI Policy Basics audio reference library.

November 5, 2020

Post-election Discussion with Matt Mackowiak (Audio: Podcast)

by Tom Giovanetti, Matt Mackowiak, Merrill Matthews

Matt Mackowiak of Potomac Strategy Group joins Tom Giovanetti and Dr. Merrill Matthews for a discussion of the results of the November 2020 election. First episode of the Institute for Policy Innovation’s (rebooted) Podcast.

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. 

Total Records: 465