William McBride

Will McBride

Chief Economist

William McBride is Chief Economist at the Tax Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, where his dissertation involved using agent-based modeling and simulation to analyze the effect of various banking regimes, including free banking, on asset prices. While at George Mason, William was a research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, which was established by Nobel laureate Vernon Smith as a center for research in experimental economics.

In addition to these areas, William's research interests are broad, including public choice, public finance, industrial organization, history of thought, and the economics of religion. He has taught microeconomics at George Mason's economics department and managerial economics at the School of Public Policy. He also has a bachelor's degree in physics and electrical engineering and worked as a software engineer for seven years.

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Media Appearances


Sayonara Jim Beam January 13, 2014
Baucus Goes to China December 19, 2013
12 Steps for Economic Growth October 30, 2013