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William F. Shughart II

William F. Shughart II

J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice
Department(s): Economics and Finance
Location:  Business 510
Office Phone:  435.797.1571
Fax:  435.797.2701


Ph.D., Economics, Texas A&M University, 1978
MS, Economics, Texas A&M University, 1970
BA, Economics, Texas A&M University, 1969


William F. Shughart II is Research Director and Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University, and past president of the Southern Economic Association. A former economist at the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Shughart received his Ph.D. in economics from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at George Mason University, Clemson University, University of Mississippi and the University of Arizona.

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Professor Shughart is editor-in-chief of Public Choice and his books include Taxing Choice: The Predatory Politics of Fiscal Discrimination; The Elgar Companion to Public Choice (second edition published April 2013); The Organization of Industry; Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics; Modern Managerial Economics (with W. Chappell and R. Cottle); Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World (with R. Tollison); The Political Economy of the New Deal (with J. Couch); The Causes and Consequences of Antitrust (ed. with F. McChesney); The Economics of Budget Deficits (with C. Rowley and R. Tollison); and The Oxford Handbook of Managerial Economics (with C. Thomas).

Professor Shughart is the author of more than 125 articles for scholarly journals and his popular articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Oklahoman, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Clarion-Ledger, Vision Hispana, National Post, Providence Journal and many other publications.

Related Huntsman News Articles

Recent IRS Actions Are Part of a Pattern, Says Huntsman Professor William F. Shughart II (The Huntsman Post - June 2013)
William F. Shughart II Publishes Scholarly Handbook on Managerial Economics (The Huntsman Post - June 2013)
Research on “Sin Taxes” Finds Costs Often Outweigh Benefits (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2013)
April 2013 Issue of Public Choice Tackles Some International Issues (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2013)
New Edition Published of Dr. Shughart’s “Elgar Companion to Public Choice” (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2013)
William F. Shughart II Writes Newspaper Column About No-Taxes Pledge (The Huntsman Post - December 2012)
Professors Interviewed About Unions and Twinkies on "Access Utah" (The Huntsman Post - December 2012)
Huntsman Professors Have Written Some Books You Should Know About (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2012)
“World-Renowned” economist joins Utah State University (The Huntsman Post - August 2011)

Huntsman School Interactions

Economics and Finance Seminar Speaker - April 2012

Dean's Convocation Speaker - March 2, 2012


Dean's Convocation Speaker: March 2, 2012

Shughart Talks About IRS Audit Practices