John Garen PhD
BB&T Professor; Director, John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise
John Garen is the Director of the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and is the BB&T Professor of Economics, both in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He has been a member of the Gatton faculty since 1985. Dr. Garen received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1982 and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, a Visiting Scholar at the Mercatus Center, at National Sun Yat-Sen University, and at National Taiwan Normal University, and is a member of the Mercatus Center’s Faculty Network and of the Board of Scholars for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. From 2005-2009 he served as Department Chair and during 2004-2005 he was Co-Director of the Gatton College’s Center for Business and Economic Research.
Dr. Garen interests have focused on the economics of organizations, labor and human resource economics, and the role of government in society. He has conducted research on a wide variety of economic issues, leading to over thirty-five publications in many of the foremost academic journals, as well as numerous reports and manuscripts. Growing out of this experience has been a steady flow of opinion columns, media work, and presentations to the public on the economy and economic issues, and on the importance of economics to good public policy