Bio & Credentials

William Freeland is an independent public policy analyst, research economist, data scientist, and communications expert serving clients as Principle of Freeland Economic Consulting. He serves state and nationally focused think tanks, policymakers, and private business using the tools of data science and economics, and drawing on a decade of work in public policy research and advocacy. He is also an infrequent contributor to numerous publications, as well as his personal blog and Medium vertical.

Previously, Will worked as a Research Analyst and Economist for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he informed and advised legislators on economic policy and fielded media request on state public policy. His past research includes working on ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States: State Economic Competitiveness Index; studies on tax cronyism and charitable giving; extensive blogging on state tax & budget reform and income inequality; research on federal tax reform for the Tax Foundation; and op-eds and interviews with the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Bloomberg, Tax Analysts, the New York Time, Washington Post, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, The Detroit News, and Mic.

Prior to working at ALEC, he worked as an economist at the Tax Foundation, as a member of research faculty George Mason University Law and Economics Center, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Students For Liberty, and the Northwood University Economics Department. He has also interned at the Cato Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education. Will holds a B.B.A. in Economics, Finance, and Management from Northwood University and has completed PhD Economics coursework at George Mason University.