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Stephen Slivinski

Senior Research Fellow and DBNA Project Director
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9801

Stephen Slivinski is a senior research fellow and director of the Doing Business North America (DBNA) project at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University. He formerly held the position of senior economist at the Goldwater Institute, research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and senior editor in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Prior to that he was director of budget studies at the Cato Institute and senior economist at the Tax Foundation.

His research focuses on the regulatory barriers to entry for businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly as it manifests itself in state-level occupational licensing burdens. He has published first-of-its-kind research on the influence these licensing burdens have on the rate of immigrant entrepeneurs as well as the adverse effects these barriers have on the ability of those leaving prison to integrate into the labor force. 

Mr. Slivinski is the author of the book, Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government, published in 2006. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Businessweek, the Arizona Republic, and many other print and on-line publications. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University.

  • B.S., Economics and English, Florida State University
  • M.A., Economics, George Mason University