Steven Garber is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an associate editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.
Garber's research areas include health, civil justice, and military recruiting, with much of that work focusing on economic and policy issues affecting U.S. industries. Recent and ongoing work in civil justice examines product liability, patents, medical malpractice, litigation finance, and mass litigation. Earlier civil justice work analyzed economic effects of product liability and punitive damages in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and automobile industries, as well as environmental liability and regulation, including the Superfund program and California's policies for reducing air pollution. Much of Garber's research in health pertains to medical innovation involving, in particular, medical devices and health care delivery. His research on military recruiting has included analyses of effects of advertising; how incentives affect their recruiter productivity; and cost-effectiveness of alternative recruiting tools such as recruiters, marketing, bonuses, and educational benefits.
Before joining RAND, Garber spent ten years in residence on the faculty of the graduate school of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University (now called the Heinz School). He has also held faculty positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Toronto, and he has spent a year as a staff economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
Garber received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
- Marketing and Resources Needed to Meet Army's Future Personnel Requirements
- Alternative Litigation Financing in the United States
- Venture Capital for Early Stage Activity in Healthcare Delivery Innovation
- Perspectives on Health Care Innovation in the United States
- Mass Litigation in the United States
Steven Garber, Economic Effects of Product Liability and Other Litigation Involving the Safety and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals, RAND (MG-1259-ICJ), 2012 (forthcoming)
Steven Garber, Jeremy Burke, Angela A. Hung, and Eric Talley,, Potential Economic Effects on Individual Retirement Account Markets and Investors of DOL's Proposed Rule Concerning the Definition of a "Fiduciary,", RAND (OP-368-DOL), 2012 (forthcoming)
Steven Garber, Susan M. Gates, Margaret E. Blume-Kahout, James R. Burgdorf, and Helen Wu, Challenges to Value-Enhancing Innovation in Health Care Delivery-- Commonalities and Contrasts with Drugs and Devices, RAND (OP-341-EMKF), 2011
Steven Garber, Alternative Litigation Financing in the United States: Issues, Knowns, and Unknowns, RAND (OP-306-LFCMP), 2010
Steven Garber, Michael D. Greenberg, Hilary Rhodes, Xiaohui Zhuo, and John L. Adams, "Do Non-economic Damages Caps and Attorney Fee Limits Reduce Access to Justice for Victims of Medical Negligence?" Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 6(4):637-686, 2009
John L. Adams and Steven Garber, "Reducing Medical Malpractice by Targeting Physicians Making Medical Malpractice Payments," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 4(1), 2007
James N. Dertouzos and Steven Garber, "Effectiveness of Advertising in Different Media: The Case of U.S. Army Recruiting," Journal of Advertising, 2006
S. Garber, "Product Liability, Punitive Damages, Business Decisions and Economic Outcomes," Wisconsin Law Review, (1), 1998
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: Forbes; Los Angeles Times; New York Times; USA Today