Texas Policy Fellow
Meg is the Assistant Director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, and is also a Research Fellow with the Center. Her research focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of economic freedom. At the Center, she works closely with Dean Stansel on the State and Local Economic Freedom project, helping to update the Economic Freedom of North America annual report, and writing papers that utilize the data in the report. Recent projects include an examination of whether women fare better in more economically free states, and whether immigrants from different regions of the world meaningfully impact American institutions.
A second, but related, strand of research focuses on potential for private, philanthropic organizations to provide viable alternatives to public poverty relief programs. Before joining the O’Neil Center, Meg was the Program Manager for the Spending and Budget Initiative at the Mercatus Center. She earned her PhD and MA in economics, and a dual BA in philosophy and economics, from George Mason University.