Economics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell

Public choice, rent seeking, and the economics of special privilege.

Matthew Mitchell is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is the program director for the Project for the Study of American Capitalism. He is also an adjunct professor of economics at Mason. In his writing and research, he specializes in economic freedom and economic growth, public-choice economics, and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses.

Mitchell has testified before the US Congress, and his articles have been featured in numerous national media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostUS News and World Report, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. He blogs about economics and economic policy at Neighborhood Effects and served from August 2010 to June 2014 on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia, helping to formulate revenue expectations.

Mitchell received his PhD and MA in economics from George Mason University and his BA in political science and BS in economics from Arizona State University.

Selected Publications

"The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change," with Christopher Koopman and Adam Thierer. Pepperdine Journal of Business Entrepreneurship and the Law, 2015.

"The Pathology of Privilege: The Economic Consequences of Government Favoritism," Special Study, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, July 2012.

"Institutions and State Spending: An Overview," with Nick Tuszynski. Independent Review, 17, No. 1, Summer 2012. 

 

Courses Taught

Econ 306, Intermediate Microeconomics
Econ 410, Public Choice
Econ 470, Economics of Regulation
Econ 695, Methods in Economic Policy Analysis

Education

BA in political science and BS in economics from Arizona State University, 2002
MA in economics from George Mason University, 2005
PhD in economics from George Mason University, 2009