Daniel J. "Dan" Mitchell is a libertarian economist and former senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a proponent of the flat tax and tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty.Early life and education
Mitchell was born on June 28, 1958, in Mt. Kisco, New York, and grew up in Wilton, Connecticut. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1976, and went on to attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's in economics. He then earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Georgia in 1985. At the University of Georgia, Mitchell was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.In 1985, Mitchell moved to the Washington metropolitan area to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.CareerMitchell’s career as an economist began in the United States Senate, working for Oregon senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. He also served on
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