|Education||University of Northern Iowa (1995); M.A. in Philosophy from the Northern Illinois University (1998)|
|Occupation||writer, public intellectual, blogger|
|Domestic partner||Kerry Howley|
|Notable credit(s)||policy analyst at the Cato Institute; Academic Coordinator of the Social Change Project and the Global Prosperity Initiative at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University; host of a weekly show, "Free Will," on BloggingHeads.tv; biweekly commentator on American Public Media'sMarketplace|
Will Wilkinson (born 1973) is a Canadian American libertarian writer. Until August 2010, he was a research fellow at the Cato Institute where he worked on a variety of issues including Social Security reform and, most notably, the policy implications of happiness research. He is currently working on a paper on how to think about economic inequality. Wilkinson was also the managing editor of the Cato Institute's monthly web magazine, Cato Unbound. Previously, he was Academic Coordinator of the Social Change Project and the Global Prosperity Initiative at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and, before that, he ran the Social Change Workshop for Graduate Students for The Institute for Humane Studies. His political philosophy is described by The American Conservative magazine as "Rawlsekian"; that is, a mixture of John Rawls's principles and Friedrich von Hayek's methods.
Wilkinson was born in Independence, Missouri, and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995, received his M.A. in Philosophy from the Northern Illinois University in 1998 and did work toward a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.
 Writing and Commentary
His writing has appeared in Slate, Reason, TCS Daily, National Review, the FoxNews website, and on The Economist's Free Exchange economics blog, where he was a regular contributor from 2007 onwards. As of 2010, he is one of the contributors of The Economist's Democracy in America blog under the pseudonym W.W.
Journalist Ryan Blitstein regards Wilkinson as an expert in the relationship of happiness research to public policy. He has been cited on happiness and public policy in articles in Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
Wilkinson appears as a commentator every other week on American Public Media's widely syndicated radio show Marketplace. He is also the host of a weekly show, Free Will, on the current affairs diavlog site Bloggingheads TV. The show runs every Sunday and features discussions of new books and ideas with writers and intellectuals.
Wilkinson frequently appears in public forums and debates with leading intellectuals. In November 2007, Wilkinson, teamed with George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen, was pitted against Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs and University of Pennsylvania economist Betsey Stevenson in a highly publicized public debate on the economic and politics of happiness sponsored by The Economist newspaper. Wilkinson has recently appeared with University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein and Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo at Cato Institute book forums where he offered critical comments on their recent books.
On June 27, 2008, Wilkinson was cited by David Brooks as a member of a "group of young and unpredictable rightward-leaning writers" who have "emerged on the scene" in recent years. He calls their emergence a "genuine bright spot" for the conservative movement.
 Personal life
Wilkinson is an atheist. He has stated that he does not "like religion very much" in general and believes that less religious cultures or groups of people become better off. However, he has acknowledged that more religious people may be more likely to favor libertarianism in the United States than less religious people.
- ^ http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200910/canadian-citizenship
- ^ The American conservative, Going Off the Rawls, retrieved on December 14, 2010
- ^ http://www.slate.com/id/2141633/
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- ^ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155619,00.html
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- ^ "Arguably the most knowledgeable nonscientist in the United States on happiness and public policy, Wilkinson has emerged as a cogent critic of the nascent movement," writes journalist Ryan Blitstein in May 2008 article in Miller-McCune.
- ^ http://www.forbes.com/2006/02/11/tim-harford-money_cz_th_money06_0214harford.html
- ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/03/local/me-happy3
- ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/07/AR2008020701904_pf.html
- ^ http://www.economist.com/nydebates/
- ^ http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=4526
- ^ http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=4894
- ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/opinion/27brooks.html
- ^ Free Will: Liberaltarianism Showdown Bloggingheads.tv Posted March 1, 2009.
- Cato Unbound, Cato's Online Monthly Magazine
- The Fly Bottle, Wilkinson's personal weblog
- Happiness & Public Policy, Wilkinson's blog on the political implications of happiness research
- Wilkinson's biography at his blog
- Cato bio, Wilkinson's official Cato Institute page
- Wilkinson video interviews and conversations at Bloggingheads.tv