Daniel M. Rothschild

Daniel M. Rothschild

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Daniel M. Rothschild is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He leads strategy and oversees all programs and operations for the organization.

Prior to serving in this role at Mercatus, Mr. Rothschild was director of state projects and a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. He joined R Street in October 2013 after two years as the first-ever director of external affairs and coalitions at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he spent six years in a variety of policy, communications, and project management positions at the Mercatus Center. He has worked extensively with think tanks throughout the country. 

His popular writing and articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street JournalReasonWeekly StandardRoll CallThe HillChicago Policy ReviewEconomic Affairs, and many other popular and policy publications. He was a 2012-13 National Review Institute Washington fellow. Dan has testified before the U.S. Congress and several state legislatures on tax and fiscal policy, government reform, and disaster recovery policy.

Rothschild has a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, a master’s degree from the University of Manchester, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

Published Research

Maurice P. McTigue, Daniel M. Rothschild | Mar 04, 2011
In this article, Daniel Rothschild and Maurice McTigue discuss what factors lead to successful government streamlining commissions.
Daniel M. Rothschild, Emily Chamlee-Wright, Jennifer Zambone, Jerry Brito, Lenore Ealy, Veronique de Rugy, Virgil Storr, Peter J. Boettke, Roxanne Alvarez | Aug 2009
This issue of Local Knowledge focuses on the role of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. In this issue you can read research articles that explain what social…
Bruce Yandle, Daniel M. Rothschild, Daniel Sutter, Frederic Sautet, Peter J. Boettke, Steven Horwitz, Tim Roemer, Veronique de Rugy, | Jul 29, 2008
This issue of Local Knowledge focuses on the role of entrepreneurs in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. In this issue you can read research articles that explain what entrepreneurship is; that…
Daniel M. Rothschild, Emily Chamlee-Wright | Jan 15, 2007
This Policy Comment looks at the ways in which public policy has had negative unintended consequences on the ability of communities to make informed decisions about sustainable rebuilding after…

Working Papers

Policy Briefs

Daniel M. Rothschild | Jun 01, 2011
This Mercatus on Policy examines how federal, state, and local governments levy disproportionately high taxes on cell phone service plans.
Daniel M. Rothschild | Jan 18, 2011
This Mercatus on Policy paper shares eleven bold reform ideas that could help states balance their 2012 budgets and avoid boom-and-bust budgeting cycles in the future.
Maurice P. McTigue, Daniel M. Rothschild | May 18, 2010
This paper presents a toolkit of seven ideas and procedures for state policy makers to evaluate budget shortfalls and find opportunities for reform. Drawing on domestic and international experiences,…
Daniel M. Rothschild, Emily Washington | Jan 25, 2010
The Federal Government's recent "stimulus" package allocated $140 billion to help states' budgets, but it hasn't been nearly enough to prop up the unsustainable spending states are engaged in.

Testimony & Comments

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Expert Commentary

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