Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to announce an open call for papers for our ongoing series of Mercatus Working Papers. Submissions should be related broadly to one of the following topics.

Government Spending and Budgeting. The Mercatus Center’s Spending and Budget Initiative supports policy-focused research and scholarship on taxation, entitlements, budget process, pensions, and the effects of government spending, deficit, and debt on economic growth and prosperity. Papers may examine these subjects at the local, state, and/or federal level(s). Please send submissions to, ATTN: Emily Washington.

• Regulation and Regulatory-Process Reform. The Mercatus Center’s Regulatory Studies Program supports policy-focused research and scholarship on subjects related to the benefits, costs, and effectiveness of regulation. Areas of particular interest include health and safety, financial markets, technology policy, and regulatory-process reform. Please send submissions to, ATTN: James Broughel.

• Capitalism, Government, Politics, and Economic Freedom. The Mercatus Center’s Project for the Study of American Capitalism supports policy-focused research and scholarship that examine the relationship between free markets, government intervention, and political influence. Areas of particular interest include: measuring the magnitude, consistency, and distribution of the effects of government interventions in the local, state, or national economy (both general and industry specific); and institutional and policy reforms that would enhance economic freedom and opportunity for all. Please send submissions to, ATTN: Christopher Koopman. 

All Mercatus Working Papers are double-blind peer reviewed and must meet rigorous scholarly and editorial standards. 

Requests for Proposals

In addition to the “call for papers,” Mercatus seeks specific requests for proposals for the following discrete projects. Please send submissions to, ATTN: Rob Raffety.

I. Market-Based Healthcare Solutions

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking proposals to develop positive, market-oriented policy reforms to the healthcare system in the United States that would render it more efficient, less costly, and more consumer focused.

Proposal Parameters

Proposals should indicate the proposed data sources, methodology, timeline, and resources necessary for completion of the project. It is our hope that, once created, the Index might be updated on a regular basis. Each proposal should:

  • indicate specifically how data on taxes, subsidies, quotas, and tariffs would be gathered;
  • suggest one or more methods for converting raw data on taxes, subsidies, quotas, and tariffs into a tractable set of unweighted indexes; and
  • consider whether and how each component (taxes, subsidies, quotas, tariffs, and regulation) should be weighted when calculating a single, industry-specific index of government involvement in industry.

Each proposal should be accompanied by a description of the author(s), including their curriculum vitae, as well as a timeline for completion including a time set aside for peer review of the project. If the author(s) wish to develop their own website, as opposed to Mercatus development, please include a timeline and a detailed plan for completion.

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