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Gerard Anderson '73 (left) and Timothy Taylor '82
Gerard Anderson '73 (left) and Timothy Taylor '82

Economic Perspectives on Health Care Reform

Gerard Anderson ’73 and Timothy Taylor ’82 will lead a panel discussion, moderated by Dan Sacks ’08, in Sharpless Auditorium on Wednesday October 21, at 5:00 pm. The Health Care Reform bill Congress is deliberating over will be the focal point, with a spotlight on the pros and cons of the bill. Each panelist will spend approximately 20 minutes sharing his thoughts on the bill and health care reform more generally, followed by the moderator opening up the floor to a question and answer session.

Gerard Anderson '73 is a professor of health policy and management and professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School Public Health, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. Dr. Anderson is currently conducting research on chronic conditions, comparative insurance systems in developing countries, medical education, health care payment reform, and technology diffusion. He has directed reviews of health care systems for the World Bank and USAID in multiple countries. He has authored two books on health care payment policy, published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, testified before Congress over 40 times as an individual witness, and serves on multiple editorial committees. Prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Anderson held various positions in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped to develop Medicare prospective payment legislation.

Timothy Taylor '82 is Managing Editor of the prominent Journal of Economic Perspectives, published by the American Economic Association. He earned his Master's degree in Economics from Stanford University. Professor Taylor has won student-voted teaching awards for his introductory economics classes at Stanford University. At the University of Minnesota, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Economics and voted Teacher of the Year by the Master's degree students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. In 2007, Professor Taylor published the first Principles of Economics textbook, available as a free download from Freeload Press. He has also edited a wide range of books and reports and published articles on globalization, the new economy, and outsourcing. From 1989 to 1997, Professor Taylor wrote an economics opinion column for the San Jose Mercury-News.

Dan Sacks '08 is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow currently enrolled as a doctoral student in Applied Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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