Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University, 2009
MA, Economics, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, 2005
BS, Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, 2001
Research on “Sin Taxes” Finds Costs Often Outweigh Benefits (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2013)
Michael D. Thomas is a public choice economist who earned a PhD in economics from George Mason university in 2009. He has also studied at Duke University while a fellow at the History of Political Economy Center in 2008-2009. Michael has published papers in Kyklos, the Journal of City and Town Management, the Review of Austrian Economics, and the Journal of Private Enterprise. He is currently working as an Research Professor at Utah State University, studying transportation economics, regulation policy, and welfare economics.
His wife, Diana W. Thomas is an assistant professor of economics. Michael's interest in monetary economics was stimulated while earning a Masters degree at the University of Missouri--St. Louis and while selling mortgage loans during 2001-2003 as a loan originator. Michael received his bachelors degree from the University of Alabama in 2001 and is an avid college football fan.
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