Theodore Bolema is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and senior policy editor with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously he was a principal with Anderson Economic Group, LLC, an economics consulting firm, and was a professor of finance and business law at Central Michigan University.

Bolema worked as an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP in New York and with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has taught at the George Mason University School of Law, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He also served as a policy advisor to the Office of Policy, Planning and Analysis of the U.S. Department of Energy.

A native of Michigan, Bolema received his Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. with a B.A. in math and economics.

He has been cited on regulatory law and economics topics in numerous publications including The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, Politico and the Los Angeles Business Journal. 

Expanding the Electricity Market: A Good Choice for Consumers

This Issues and Ideas Forum features Dr. Ted Bolema, a Mackinac Center adjunct scholar and senior policy editor for the Mercatus Center in Washington, D.C. who will make the case for why Michigan needs to give Michigan electricity customers more options. … more

With Competition Diminished, Michigan Citizens Paying High Price For Electricity

Keep Michigan’s Successful Electricity Competition Law

Given a state unemployment rate of more than 8.5 percent, Michigan cannot afford to abandon competition in electricity supply for the benefit of its two biggest utilities. … more

A Governor Cries “Treason”

Education Policy in Okemos?

The Price of Leadership

Mental Health Care Reform Should Put Patients First

State compliance requirements divert enormous resources toward monitoring the process followed by local mental health authorities, while doing little to measure whether patients in the system actually get better. … more

Re-regulating Electricity Could Shock Michigan’s Economy

A reversal in deregulation would restrict choice in electricity supply, harming rather than benefiting consumers and the businesses that employ them. … more

Don’t Blame Deregulation for the Blackout

In the end, the blackout was primarily the result of failures at the transmission level — the level where almost no deregulation has occurred. … more

Don’t Blame Deregulation for the Blackout

Repeal Michigan’s Anti-Takeover Law

Anti-takeover laws … often promote the very harms they are supposed to prevent, while imposing great costs and delays on the shareholders and other stakeholders in the corporations. … more