Last updated on: 8/9/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Steven G. Horwitz, PhD Biography

Title:
Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Neither version of the healthcare plans in front of Congress allow space for healthy competition…

If a bill passes, the result would be the equivalent of forcing every American to buy a cellphone, even if they didn’t want one. Those who have phones would see their plan costs soar, spending more for features they dont want and inferior customer service…

The sooner Congress realizes that the prescription is not more government regulations but a dose of real competition, the sooner we can restore some health to the health insurance industry.”

“The Verizon Wireless Cure for Health Care Reform,” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 4, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2009-present
  • Editor and weekly columnist, The Freeman, 2009-present
  • Board of Scholars, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2009-present
  • Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University, 2007-present
  • Affiliated Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2007-present
  • Book review editor, Review of Austrian Economics, 1998-present
  • Academic Board of Advisors, The Heartland Institute, 1989-present
  • Executive Committee Member, History of Economics Society, 2007-2008
  • Visiting scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, 2007
  • Professor of Economics, St. Lawrence University, 2002-2007
  • Associate Dean of the First Year, St. Lawrence University, 2001-2007
  • President, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, 2002-2003
  • Associate Professor of Economics, St. Lawrence University, 1995-2002
  • Frank P. Piskor Lecturer, St. Lawrence University, 1998-1999
  • Flora Irene Eggleston Faculty Chair, St. Lawrence University, 1993-1998
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, George Mason University, 1990
  • MA, Economics, George Mason University, 1987
  • AB, Economics and Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1985
Other:
  • Specializes in Economics of Gender and the Family, Austrian Economics, and Political Economy
  • Winner of J. Calvin Keene Award, given annually to an outstanding St. Lawrence University faculty member in recognition of high standards of personal scholarship, effective teaching and moral concern, Aug. 2003
  • Co-winner of the annual Smith Prize in Austrian Economics for best book in Austrian economics in the past three years for Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective, Nov. 2001
Quoted in:
  1. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?