Carol Park

Strategic Research Analyst DC

Carol Park’s view of government effectiveness is perhaps best summarized by one great quote from her favorite economist, Milton Friedman: “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Motivated by her passion for individual freedom and fighting against big government, Carol joined PLF’s strategic research team in 2020. As a strategic research analyst, she uses her skills in data-driven social science research to help vulnerable Americans who have been unjustly affected by our government.

Before PLF, Carol fought for liberty as a policy analyst at various organizations, including the Reason Foundation and the Independent Institute. Just prior to joining PLF, she worked as a senior policy analyst at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, specializing in economic liberty, fiscal policy, and public pension funds.

Carol earned a master’s degree in international and development economics from Yale University and a master’s in public administration from Columbia University. Originally from Canada, she obtained a B.A. in economics from the University of Toronto.

Carol’s research has been published in The Washington PostThe Baltimore SunForbesThe HillWashington ExaminerThe Business JournalsSan Francisco ChronicleInvestor’s Business Daily, and The Journal of Alternative Investments, among others.

Carol lives in Boston with her husband, Nathan, and two cats, Tony and Leo. When she is not busy fighting for Americans’ freedom, she enjoys traveling to warm locations and Michelin starred culinary adventures.

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July 29, 2021

Texas Bureaucrats Cannot Reclassify Private Properties as Public Beach

Private property rights are one of America's core founding principles. As John Adams astutely noted, "Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." But even in states that pride themselves for upholding such principles, private property rights are often challenged by bureaucrats. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) recently has threatened the ...

March 23, 2021

Minnesota Homeowners Lose $118 Million From Home Equity Theft

Geraldine Tyler, a longtime resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had grown increasingly concerned by the rising levels of crime in her neighborhood. As reports of homicides and shootings surged, she made the hard decision to leave her home, renting a new place in a safer area.   But what 92-year-old Tyler did not realize was her decisi ...

January 12, 2021

How the California Coastal Commission is hurting Californian home buyers and renters

The private vs. public beach debate is often characterized as debate on social justice. The logic is that blocked public beach access disproportionally hurts the poor who cannot afford to live in beachfront homes. In California, this is where the heroic California Coastal Commission enters: to protect the rights of such disadvantaged groups against ...

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