Michael Tansey

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Michael Tansey is professor of Economics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. He has done extensive economic analysis in consulting projects, particularly in telecommunications, banking, public utilities, and health care. He has published studies of interest rate ceilings in real estate lending, fiscal impact analysis for local planning, protectionist policies in the steel industry, and the effects of price regulation. After his training at Harvard College (Class of 1970), he served as an intern in the Office of Emergency Preparedness (the predecessor to FEMA), where he did extensive work on disaster planning using input-output analysis, and conducted a study on building codes. He then participated as an economic analyst in all four phases of the Nixon price control programs (1971-74), the most recent U.S. experience with incomes policies. In that program, he worked under Donald Rumsfeld in the Cost of Living Council (1973) and was chosen to help with the publication of the history of the price control program by Dick Cheney (1974). His graduate work from the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. ’78) included a year of study and research at the Brookings Institution. He has since served in academia, winning multiple teaching awards and developing an international curriculum for an Executive MBA program and an MBA program for medical students and physicians. For this latter work, he received an honorary degree (2003) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioethics. He is a frequent economics commentator on TV stations and radio in Kansas City