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


Super Bowl Tax Bill February 05, 2013
EITC Awareness Day January 28, 2013
Phil Mickelson's Tax Rate January 22, 2013
The Fiscal Cliff in History December 27, 2012
The Carrot Rebellion November 13, 2012
Yoda goes to Disney November 05, 2012
The Fiscal Costs of Nonpayers September 19, 2012
How much do Nonpayers Earn? September 18, 2012
Another Downgrade Looming September 11, 2012
Taxing the Uninsured June 29, 2012
The Fortunate 400 June 29, 2012