James C. Miller III

Senior Fellow, Emeritus

James C. Miller III is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior adviser at Husch Blackwell, LLP, an international law firm.

He was director of the US Office of Management and Budget from 1985 to 1988 and chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission from 1981 to 1985.

During 1981, he was administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the US Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief.

Between 1977 and 1981, Miller was a resident scholar at the Center for the Study of Government Regulation at the American Enterprise Institute. From 1978 to 1981, he served as codirector of the center.

In the area of business and public service, from 1978 to 1981, Miller was chairman of the Board of Economic Impact Analysis. From 1988 to 2002, Miller was counselor to Citizens for a Sound Economy, and from 2002 to 2006 he served as chairman of the CapAnalysis Group. Presently, he serves on the boards of a number of foundations and enterprises, including the International Tax and Investment Center, Washington Mutual Investors, and has been nominated for a second term on the Board of Governors of the US Postal Service.

Among his many publications are Monopoly Politics (Hoover Institution Press, 1999), Fix the Budget!: Urgings of an "Abominable No-Man" (Hoover Institution Press, 1994); Public Choice and Regulation: A View from inside the Federal Trade Commission, coedited with Robert J. Mackay and Bruce Yandle (Hoover Institution Press, 1987); Reforming Regulation, coedited with Timothy Clark and Marvin Kosters (American Enterprise Institute, 1980); and Economic Regulation of Domestic Air Transport: Theory and Policy (Brookings Institution, 1974).

He is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Public Choice Society, and the Southern Economic Association, of which he was elected a member of the executive committee from 1980 to 1982 and elected vice president for the 1991–92 term.

Miller began his career as an assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University in 1968. He earned his PhD in economics in 1969 at the University of Virginia.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Numerical Methods in Economics
Analysis and Commentary

Dealing with the Budget Numbers

by James C. Miller III, James Cartervia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, August 18, 2011

According to the Congressional Budget Office, we now have a deal to reduce the deficit by at least $2.1 trillion over 10 years, with a down payment of $917 billion in spending cuts and at least $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction through fiscal year 2021...

Debt Ceiling Ahead
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Too much ado about the debt ceiling

by James C. Miller IIIvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 11, 2011

The economics of the debt ceiling are complicated, but the bottom line is that the ceiling is far more forgiving than is commonly understood. When the ceiling is reached, little happens except that spending slows down.

Federal Reserve
Analysis and Commentary

Fed fix needed on debit swipe fees

by James C. Miller IIIvia Politico
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Merchants simply won’t miss an opportunity to compete on price to draw traffic into their stores...

Ronald Reagan
Analysis and Commentary

CPAC must honor Reagan coalition

by James C. Miller IIIvia Politico
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Efforts to divide conservatives against themselves must be renounced and put to rest...

Shackled Piggy Bank Image
Analysis and Commentary

Dialing up to reregulation

by James C. Miller IIIvia Washington Times
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

One thing President Reagan taught us all is that government regulations often restrain economic activity and restrict personal freedom...


by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

The congressional addiction to pork—and how the president can force the Hill to kick the habit. A primer by James C. Miller III.


by Jeffrey A. Eisenach, James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

How Ronald Reagan’s presidency forever changed the way we think about the role of government. By Jeffrey A. Eisenach and James C. Miller III.

Preserving the Reagan Legacy

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In an era of cynicism, Ronald Reagan can still teach us much. By Hoover fellow James C. Miller III.

Taking the Campaign Reforms to Court

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Why the Supreme Court should kill McCain-Feingold. By Hoover fellow James C. Miller III.

How Not to Reform Campaign Finance

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

How should we reform the way America finances its political campaigns? Hoover fellow James C. Miller III explains what not to do.