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