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Fraser Institute establishes Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom

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Release Date: October 18, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC—The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, has established a new research chair focused on economic freedom.

The Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom is named after the Fraser Institute’s founding executive director, co-creator of the Economic Freedom of the World Index (along with Milton and Rose Friedman), and one of Canada’s most quoted economists.

“Through his work on the economic freedom index, Dr. Walker helped clarify and demonstrate the power economic freedom has in building healthy and prosperous societies,” said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute president.

“As the Institute’s founding executive director, Dr. Walker set high standards for the quality of work we produce and the willingness to challenge the status quo in order to increase the welfare of people around the world.”

Walker served as the Institute’s executive director from its establishment in 1974 until 2005. He holds a BA (summa) from St. Francis Xavier University and a PhD in Econometrics from the University of Western Ontario.

For many years his writing appeared regularly in daily newspapers and financial periodicals across Canada. His articles have appeared in technical journals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Health Affairs, and the Canadian Tax Journal. He has written or edited 50 books on economic matters.

Fred McMahon will be the initial holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom.

McMahon is a Fraser Institute economist and longstanding director of the Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World project.

“I am honoured and humbled that the Fraser Institute has established a research chair in my name for economic freedom and I can think of no better person than Fred McMahon to be its initial holder,” Walker said.

“Through the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in 86 nations and territories, Fred McMahon has been a great leader in advancing the cause of freedom worldwide.”