W. Mark Crain is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. Dr. Crain has authored more than a hundred articles and books in the fields of economics and politics. Most of these works focus on fiscal policy, government regulation, and the organization of legislatures. In addition to his academics pursuits, Professor Crain has served on eight state and local government boards and commissions during the administrations of four Virginia governors, including the state's Advisory Board of Economists. Dr. Crain has previously been on the faculties at UCLA and Virginia Tech, and he was Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Crain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University.