Antony Davies

Antony Davies

  • Affiliated Scholar

Antony Davies is a Mercatus Center–affiliated senior scholar at George Mason University and associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. He also is a member of the Research Program on Forecasting at George Washington University. He specializes in econometrics, public policy, and economic psychology. Davies has authored op-eds in more than 30 newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and is a regular columnist for US News & World Report and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and in some state capitals.

Davies was chief analytics officer at Parabon Computation, president and cofounder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and cofounder and chief analytics officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment). He has received two NASA research grants and a US patent for his work. 

Davies earned his BS in economics from Saint Vincent College and his PhD in economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Published Research

Working Papers

Antony Davies, Bruce Yandle, Derek Thieme, Robert Sarvis | Apr 05, 2012
Can deliberate government spending activities have a continuing net positive impact on economic activity? Do federal spending programs designed to offset a recession’s negative effects really add a net positive nudge to GDP growth? Can government purposefully and successfully stimulate ongoing employment growth?
Antony Davies, John Pulito | Aug 08, 2011
This paper takes a look at how increases in the top marginal income-tax rate affect the number of high-income households within a state.
Antony Davies, John Pulito | Nov 22, 2010
How does your government regulate alcohol? This Q&A paper analyzes alcohol-control policies in the states.
Antony Davies, Rossen Valchev | Aug 22, 2008
Employing data for the state of Texas from 1963 through 2006, this workding paper concludes that increases in FMFs lead to lower state economic growth.


Testimony & Comments

Media Clippings

Expert Commentary

By Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan |
Oct 21, 2013

We are rarely subjected to debate over the minimum wage apart from election season, but America's painfully sluggish return to economic normalcy has politicians scrambling to do something to help the working class. While the minimum wage debate usually plays out at the federal level, there is now a grassroots push across the country to raise wages beyond the federally mandated $7.25 per hour. Unfortunately, success won't guarantee a happy ending for workers.
By Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan |
Jul 29, 2013

The July 1 deadline for preventing the doubling of government-subsidized student loan rates has passed, and lawmakers continue to hash out the details of a plan to move beyond the current impasse.
By Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan |
Jun 22, 2013

Unlike Pittsburgh, Detroit has not come back from the recession. Instead, our sister city to the west has seen its fortunes plummet to Depression-era levels.
By Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan |
Jun 12, 2013

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has announced that he will introduce legislation to uncap Pennsylvania's Film Production Tax Credit (FPTC) in an effort to entice production companies to film in the commonwealth.
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