C-Span Covers Professor’s Address at Economic History Association Conference

Oct. 23, 2019

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Price Fishback

Price Fishback, Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, gave the presidential address for the Economic History Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on September 14. The presentation aired on C-Span. Fishback was recently named to the Society of Fellows of the Economic History Association, honoring those who have made substantial contributions to the field of economic history.

Fishback’s presentation, titled “Social Insurance and Public Assistance in the 20th Century,” reviewed the history of local and state-level spending on social insurance programs, from their early 20th century beginnings up to more recent trends in policy and spending, and evaluated the results of this kind of spending, applying it to modern times.

Fishback joined the Eller College as an associate professor in 1990 and was appointed the Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics in 2010. One of his main research areas of interest is the political economy of Roosevelt’s New Deal during the 1930s, as he discussed in his presentation, examining both the determinants of New Deal spending and loans and their impact on local economies throughout the U.S.

Fishback earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 1983 and is a currently serving as a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic History at Australian National University, a CAGE fellow at Warwick University, a program scholar for the Hoover Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, a fellow at the TIAA-CREF Institute and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.