Michael D. Farren is a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on the effects of government favoritism toward particular businesses, industries, and occupations, specializing in labor, economic development, and transportation issues.
Farren has testified before state legislatures on various topics and his research and commentary have been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post,Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Miami Herald,The Dallas Morning News, and NPR. He blogs about economics and economic policy at Concentrated Benefits.
Michael received his PhD in applied economics from Ohio State University and received the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship from the Mercatus Center. He is also licensed as a Professional Engineer and received his MS in transportation engineering and BS in civil engineering from Ohio State University.