Steven Garber

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Adjunct Economist
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Ph.D. and M.S. in economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. in economics, University of Connecticut

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Steven Garber is an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation.

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, medical malpractice, and litigation finance. Much of Garber's research in health pertains to medical innovation involving, drugs, 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.

Recent Projects

  • Marketing and Resources Needed to Meet Army's Future Personnel Requirements
  • Options for Encouraging Spending Reducing Healthcare Innovation
  • Recruiting Resources to Regenerate the Army's Enlisted Force
  • Designing Victim Compensation Programs
  • Alternative Litigation Financing in the United States

Selected Publications

S Garber, SM Gates, EB Keeler, ME Vaiana, AW Mulcahy, C Lau, AL Kellermann, Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Options to Decrease Spending and Increase Value, RAND (RR-308), 2014

Steven Garber, Economic Effects of Product Liability and Other Litigation Involving the Safety and Effectiveness of Pharmaceuticals, RAND (MG-1259-ICJ), 2012

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

Steven Garber and John L. Adams, "Product and Stock Market Responses to Automotive Product Liability Verdicts," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity: Microeconomics 1998, 1999

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Forbes; Los Angeles Times; New York Times; USA Today