Bruce Yandle

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Bruce Yandle is an economist, writer and speaker on economics and political economy. He is Mercatus Center Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University and participates regularly in the Center’s Capitol Hill lecture series. Yandle is Dean Emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business & Behavioral Science and Senior Fellow Emeritus, Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, MT. He is also a Policy Advisor with The Heartland Institute. While serving as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics at Clemson University, he taught in graduate programs in France, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is author/editor of 17 books, including his 2014 co-authored Cato Institute book, Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics.

Dr Yandle served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist on the White House staff during the Ford Administration and later as Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan Administration. Bruce was member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, member and chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees, and member of the board of trustees of the Foundation of Economic Education.  In 2012, he received the Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his career-long leadership in promoting the free market economy.  Prior to entering an academic career, Dr. Yandle was in the industrial machinery business for 15 years.  His quarterly Economic Situation report is distributed by Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.