William A. Niskanen

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William A. Niskanen is the Chairman of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington D.C. Niskanen has been chairman of the think tank since 1985.

A biographical note states that prior to this Niskanen was a member and acting chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. "Niskanen has served as director of economics at the Ford Motor Company, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, assistant director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, a defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, the director of special studies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the director of the Program Analysis division at the Institute of Defense Analysis. He has written on many public policy issues including corporate governance, defense, federal budget policy, regulation, Social Security, taxes, and trade," it states. Niskanen holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.[1]


  • Reaganomics: An Insider's Account of the Policies and the People (1988)
  • Dollars, Deficits, and Trade (1989)
  • Bureaucracy and Public Economics (1996)
  • Going Digital!: A Guide to Policy in the Digital Age (1998)
  • Policy Analysis And Public Choice: Selected Papers By William A. Niskanen (2004)
  • Christopher L. Culp and William A. Niskanen (eds),Corporate Aftershock: The Public Policy Lessons from the Collapse of Enron and Other Major Corporations, (2003)
  • After Enron: The Major Lessons for Public Policy, editor, (2005)
  • Autocratic, Democratic and Optimal Government: Fiscal Choices and Economic Outcomes (2004)

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  1. "William A. Niskanen: Chairman", accessed March 2008.

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