Our Team

Fred McMahonFred McMahon

- Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute

Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. He has an M.A. in Economics from McGill University.  Mr. McMahon manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of over 100 think tank partners in about 100 nations and territories. His research focuses on global issues such as development, trade, governance and economic structure. Mr. McMahon is the author of numerous research articles and several books including, Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Federal Transfers on Atlantic Canada, which won the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous, and Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy.

He has written for numerous publications including the European Journal of Political Economy, the SAIS Journal (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University), the Wall Street Journal, Policy Options, National Post, Time (Canada), Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and most other major Canadian newspapers. Research articles he has recently authored or co-authored include: Economic Freedom of North America, Quebec Prosperity: Taking the Next Step, The Unseen Wall: The Fraser Institute's Annual Trade Survey, and Economic Freedom of the Arab World.


James GwartneyJames Gwartney

- Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education.  His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington.  He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice(Cengage/South-Western Press, 2015) , a widely used text on the principles of economics that is now in its 15th edition.   He is also coauthor of an economics primer, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St.Martin's Press, 2010). His publications have appeared in both professional journals and popular media such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.   He served as Chief Economist of the Joint Committee of the US Congress from 1999 to 2000.  In 2004, he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free-market ideals.  He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education.


Robert LawsonRobert A. Lawson

- Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Robert A. Lawson is Professor of Economics and holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom in the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.  He earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. A Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, he has numerous professional publications in journals such as Public Choice, Cato Journal, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the European Journal of Political Economy.  Prof. Lawson has served as President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.


Joshua HallJoshua C. Hall

- Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Joshua C. Hall is an Associate Professor of Economics and Co-director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.  He earned his B.B.A. and M.A. in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University.   Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College.  He is currently serving as Part President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute.  He is the author of over 70 articles in journals such as Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Labor Research, Southern Economic Journal, Public Finance Review, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.