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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.

April 15, 2021

Will President Biden's Gun Control Executive Orders Solve Any Problems? (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Dr. H. Sterlilng Burnett

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes Dr. H. Sterling Burnett in a discussion of each of President Biden's five points of his gun control executive order and finds they miss the mark.

April 15, 2021

Climate Change Is Not Behind Central American Migrants (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Dr. H. Sterling Burnett

Some would have us believe that Central American migrants are fleeing north to escape climate change. IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes Dr. H. Sterling Burnett who exposes the myth behind the notion of "climate refugees." 

April 8, 2021

What's This About a Global Minimum Corporate Income Tax? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes tax expert Dan Pilla to discuss Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's new proposal for a global minimum corporate income tax as a way to discourage large companies from fleeing the U.S. if President Biden successfully raises their tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.

April 1, 2021

IPI Policy Basics Podcast: No, Markets Aren't Perfect--They're Just Better than the Alternatives (Audio: Podcast)

Those of us who are proponents of free-markets are under no obligation to argue that markets are perfect—just that they are better than the alternatives of pillaging, communism, socialism, and attempts to manage the economy from the top-down by government bureaucrats. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 1, 2021

Joe Biden Is No Barack Obama--Fiscally (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains that President Joe Biden’s massive federal spending blowout makes Barack Obama look like a fiscal moderate. And a side discussion about the perils of dumping crazy amounts of money on broadband projects with IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

March 25, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Moral Hazard? (Audio: Podcast)

In this episode, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the concept of moral hazard in public policy, and why every new proposal should be examined for whether it contains any moral hazard. And once you understand moral hazard, you start to see it in almost everything government touches.

March 25, 2021

Biden's 'Stimulus Plan' for Central American Corruption (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how President Biden’s attempt to solve the Central American migrant problem with more foreign aid directed at “root causes” will likely just enrich the region’s corrupt leaders. With the assistance of IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

March 18, 2021

Tax Day Is Coming: Here's What You Need to Know About Your 2020 Taxes (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews quizzes tax expert Dan Pilla about what individual taxpayers and small businesses should know regarding their 2020 income taxes—and what new taxes may be in store for 2021.

March 11, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Fixing the Filibuster (Audio: Podcast)

Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti discuss the history of the filibuster, it’s role in the Senate, what’s going wrong, and how it might be fixed without being completely eliminated.

March 11, 2021

Biden's $1.9 trillion Blow Out Could Undermine Job Creation--and the Economy (Audio: Podcast)

Resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how they just passed $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill threatens to undermine job creation and restrict the supply of labor that is needed for economic growth.

March 4, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Prescription Drug Development and the Miracle of the Covid-19 Vaccine(s) (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews describes some of the hurdles of prescription drug development, why the development of the Covid-19 vaccines is such a success story, and what we might learn from this experience. With comments by IPI president Tom Giovanetti. 

March 4, 2021

The Saga of Andrew Cuomo, or the Media Giveth and the Media Taketh Away (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar explains why New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is no longer the darling of the media. With lame contributions by IPI president Tom Giovanetti.

February 25, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage Is Unnecessary and Harmful (Audio: Podcast)

Here’s everything you need to understand about the federal minimum wage, why it’s unnecessary, why it’s harmful, and how it will harm the very segment of the labor force it is supposedly designed to help. With valuable contributions by IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

February 25, 2021

President Biden Wants to Expand Medicare Because Obamacare has FAILED (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains that, if the reality of Obamacare was everything we were told it would be, there would be no need for President Biden to advocate expanding Medicare eligibility. And how Biden’s plan will hasten the bankruptcy of Medicare and the impending entitlements crisis. With occasional cackling and contributions by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

January 28, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What is Net Neutrality, and Why Doesn't It Matter? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, joined by Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains that while the meaning of “net neutrality” has morphed several times over the last decade, it has always been driven by a distrust of privately owned networks, a bias against private ownership of infrastructure, and trust that government regulation makes things better.

Total Records: 482