Author: William A. Niskanen

William A. Niskanen has served as chairman of the Cato Institute since 1985, having previously been acting chairman of President Reagans Council of Economic Advisers. Niskanen is an expert in many areas of public policy including defense, education, health care, taxes, trade, and regulation. One of the most highly regarded microeconomists in the nation, Niskanen has taught economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. He has also served as director of economics at Ford Motor Company and as a defense analyst for the Pentagon, the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. He holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.