The Mason-Dixon Line in Health Care Reform: Economists Edition

The WSJ Real Time Economics blog has posted the letters for and against the health care reform bill winding through Congress. The most interesting thing about the lists of signatories is the geographical divide. It was so interesting, I did a fast tabulation (so, don’t quote me on it), and what one finds is that of the list in favor, only 2 of 41 economists are affiliated with institutions in the South (defined using the most restrictive definition in this Wikipedia page — so to be completely accurate, I haven’t used the actual Mason-Dixon line). Of the 127 signatories to the against letter, 40 are affiliated with institutions in the South, i.e., essentially 1/3 of the total. A list of affiliations is below:


PrincetonGeorge Mason
MITUC Berkeley
BostonDartmouth College
USC (Southern California)Harvard
Urban Inst.UC Berkeley
MichiganCenter for Budget and Policy Priorities



AEIBrigham Young
U. Mich, FlintClemson
Carnegie MellonIdaho
Memphis*Univ. Texas – Arlington
Metropolitan State College, DenverWainwright and Co.
VirginiaCenter for University Studies (Texas)
ColoradoJournal of Regional Analysis and Policy
Pacific Research InstituteMissouri Southern State
CSU, NorthridgeWake Forest
Robert Morris UniversityOhio
Menlo CollegeTemple
Western KentuckyClemson
Hudson InstituteDelaware
Univ. Wisconsin -MilwaukeeUniv. Texas – Dallas
South FloridaCalifornia State University, Long Beach
ChapmanInstitute for the Research on the Economics of Taxation
AlabamaGeorge Mason
Odessa College (TX)Univ. Missouri – KC
French, Wolf & Farr (Law Firm)Kennesaw
American Action ForumAlaska, Anchorage*
HillsdaleIndiana Wesleyan
TowsonN. Carolina State
California State University, NorthridgeChicago
ChapmanMetropolitan State College of Denver
Econforecaster (N.Carolina)Chicago
Marquette*FRB Atlanta*
Colorado*Univ. Texas – Dallas
GeorgetownNorthern Illinois
Barton CollegeAEI
Georgia StateCornell
California State University, ChicoChapman
Northern IllinoisCalifornia State University*
Pacific Research InstituteUniv. Illinois – Chicago
Michigan StateDuke
ArizonaCenter for Health Policy
Univ. Texas – San AntonioNevada
Trine UniversityMetropolitan State College, Denver
N. Carolina StateWayne State
New MexicoRobert Niehaus, Inc.
Montana*Penn State
Univ. South FloridaLouisiana State
Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (Wash., DC)Cornell
Mercer UniversityMontgomery County Community College (PA)
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleTexas A&M
Hillsdale UniversityColorado at Colorado Springs
Bellevue UniversityUniv. Texas – El Paso
Michigan State UniversityCentral Michigan University
AEIUniversity of Denver
ColumbiaSUNY – Buffalo
U. Mass Boston*UC Irvine
Missouri University of Science and TechSt. Cloud
UCLAPrinting Industries of America
Carnegie MellonBall State University
EmoryMississippi (Mich.)Iowa
Lipscomb (Tenn.)Univ. Missouri – St. Louis
North Dakota State


Where * denotes emeritus or retired or former status. I used the postal address for the institutions such as consulting firms, journals or think tanks, to determine geographical location.

I’ve excluded Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware from the definition of the South; using the more expansive definition raises the ratio to 45/127 = 35.4%.

The Mason-Dixon Line in Health Care Reform: Economists Edition

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