Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, American Council for Capital Formation

Margo Thorning is senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation and director of research for its public policy think tank. Dr. Thorning also serves as the managing director of the International Council for Capital Formation, a new think tank incorporated in Brussels. The ICCF is an affiliate of the ACCF.

In North America, Dr. Thorning has testified as an expert witness on capital formation and environmental issues before various U.S. congressional committees, including the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Commerce Committee, and the House Committee on Government Reform. She recently made a presentation “Investing in Energy and Industrial Development: Challenges and Opportunities” at a UN Commission on Sustainable Development meeting. She also served on DOE’s Electricity Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Standards of Conduct and Corporate Practices. She also has testified before the Senate of Canada on that country’s proposals for tax reform.

Dr. Thorning is an internationally recognized expert on tax, environmental, and competitiveness issues. She writes and lectures on tax and economic policy, is frequently quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Suddeutsche Zeitung, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, and has appeared internationally on public affairs news programs. Dr. Thorning has made presentations on the economic impact of climate change policy at forums sponsored by the ICCF in China, India, other Asian countries, the European Union, and Russia.

Dr. Thorning is coeditor of numerous books on tax and environmental policy, including “Climate Change Policy and Economic Growth: A Way Forward to Ensure Both” and “The U.S. Savings Challenge: Policy Options for Productivity and Growth.”

Previously, Dr. Thorning served at the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Thorning received a B.A. from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia.