John Morrall is an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His primary research interests are regulatory impact analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and regulatory reform and oversight. From 1981 until 2008 he worked at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget as an economist, branch chief and Acting Deputy Administrator. He was the lead author for OMB’s annual Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations.
Dr. Morrall has been both a Visiting Economist at the American Enterprise Institute and a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow. He also worked on regulatory reform at the Council on Wage and Price Stability. Prior to his government service he was an Assistant Professor of International Economics at the University of Florida. He has also taught economics at the American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is perhaps best known for his “league tables” documenting the wide variance in the cost-effectiveness of regulations intended to save lives. He is the author of three books and over twenty articles in the areas of international economics, benefit-cost analysis, and regulatory reform. He has consulted in approximately twenty world capitals on five continents on the United States experience with regulatory reform and benefit-cost analysis. He has an A.B. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.