Michael L. Marlow

Michael L. Marlow is an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and professor of economics and distinguished scholar at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His research has examined numerous issues associated with spending, taxation and regulatory policies of government. His most recent research has focused on public health economics. He has published widely in journals that include Review of Economics and Statistics, Public Choice, Applied Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Regulation, Economic Affairs, Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Marlow’s book The Myth of Fair and Efficient Government: Why the Government You Want Is Not the One You Get was published in 2011. This book explains how private markets naturally drive toward efficient outcomes and why it is unreasonable to expect government to mimic those effects. Failure to fully disclose costs of government also often fosters misplaced confidence regarding fairness of its programs. The book concludes with a chapter on improving government.  He is also the author of Public Finance: Theory and Practice (Harcourt, 1995).

Prior to coming to Cal Poly in 1988, he was a senior financial economist at the U. S. Treasury and taught at George Washington University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University where he was awarded a BA in Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech.

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