Vice President and Director of Economic & Social Policy
Will Wilkinson is vice president for policy at the Niskanen Center, overseeing the Center’s research and publications. Before coming to the Niskanen Center, Mr. Wilkinson was U.S. politics correspondent for The Economist, and is currently a columnist for Vox‘s The Big Idea section. His policy work centers on domestic social policy, with a particular focus on economic growth, social insurance, criminal justice reform, and issues around the measurement of freedom, equality, and happiness. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Cato Institute, where he wrote on an array of topics including Social Security reform, the policy implications of happiness research, and the political economy of inequality. He was a founding editor of Cato Unbound and has been a program director at the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies. In addition to The Economist, Mr. Wilkinson’s commentary has appeared in Forbes, The Atlantic, Politico, The Boston Review, Bloomberg View, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other publications. He has been a columnist for The Week and a regular commentator on American Public Media’s radio program Marketplace. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston.