Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of Locke’s Center for Food, Power, and Life, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.
A classical liberal, which for the uninitiated doesn’t mean a socialist who happens to like Mozart, Jon takes to heart the revolutionary declaration that all are created equal and endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, property, and the enjoyment of the fruits of their labor. He shares the belief with Milton Friedman and Gary Becker that “the greatest beneficiaries of capitalism are those at the bottom of the income ladder” and agrees with Julian Simon that “the ultimate resource is people.”
Jon holds a master’s degree in economics with a minor in statistics along with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and language from North Carolina State University. This left brain/right brain confluence sometimes causes Jon to cite Jane Austen in discussing energy, Chaucer in lending regulations, C.S. Lewis in overregulation, and Shakespeare pretty much whenever he thinks he can get away with it. He’s also prone to drop pop-culture references as the mood strikes.
Prior to joining the research division at JLF, Jon researched issues in higher education for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Jon has also taught economics as an adjunct for N.C. State and the University of Mount Olive.
Jon enjoys music, arts and literature, cooking, smoky Scotch, logic, a vibrant downtown Raleigh, dad jokes, competitive sports, competitive entrepreneurs, and wit. He lives in Raleigh with his beautiful, out-of-his-league-but-don’t-tell-her wife and two children.