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James Thornton

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Ph.D., University of Oregon
MA Marquette University
BA Marquette University

Interests and Expertise
Dr. Thornton joined the department in 1991.  His major areas of interest are Health Economics, Econometrics, and Wine Economics.

Dr. Thornton regularly taught undergraduate and graduate health economics, and econometrics classes. 


"Pathways and Hidden Benefits of Healthcare Spending Growth in the U.S.," Atlantic Economic Journal, September 2016. (With Svetlana Beilfuss).

"New Evidence on Factors Affecting the Level and Growth of US Healthcare Spending," Applied Economics Letters, 2015. (With Svetlana Beilfuss).

"Education and HIV Discrimination in Egypt," Development, 57(3-4), 2014. (With Ahmed Elroukh).

American Wine Economics: An Exploration of the U.S. Wine Industry,” Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

“Does More Medical Care Improve Population Health? New Evidence for an Old Controversy,” Applied Economics, 43, 2011.

“Does Extending Health Insurance to the Uninsured Improve Population Health Outcomes?,” Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 6(4), 2008. (With Jennifer Rice).

“Determinants of Healthcare Spending: A State Level Analysis,” Applied Economics, 40(22), 2008. (With Jennifer Rice).

“Accuracy of Retrospective Memory and Covariation Estimation In Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” Behaviour Research Therapy, 46, 2008. (With Andrew Gloster et al.).

“Erectile Dysfunction Risk Recognition in a Urology Clinic Practice,” British Journal of Urology, 95, 2005. (With David Rowland and Arthur Burnett).

“Psychosocial Influences on 305 Adults Survival after Bone Marrow Transplantation: Depression, Smoking, and Behavioral Self-Regulation,” Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57(2), 2004. (With Flora Hoodin, Karen Kalbfleish, and Voravit Ratanatharathorn). 

“Regression Strategies for Analyzing the Study and Pharmacological Treatment of Sexual Response: ANOVA and Beyond,” Annual Review of Sex Research, Volume X1V, January 2004. (With David Rowland).

“Transforming Ideas Into Research,” Clinical Researcher, May 2003. (With David Rowland).

“How Important Are Economic Factors in Choice of Medical Specialty?,” Health Economics, January 2003. (With Alfredo Esposto). 

“Effects of Selegiline during Smoking and Short-Term Abstinence,” Psychopharmacology, September 2002. (With Elisabeth Houtsmuller and Maxine Stitzer).

“Estimating a Health Production Function for the U.S.: Some New Evidence,” Applied Economics, 34(1), 2002.

“Testing and Analytical Procedures for Laboratory Studies Involving Non-Responders during a Limited Observation Period,” Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 68, 2001. (With David Rowland).

“Physician Choice of Medical Specialty: Do Economic Incentives Matter,” Applied Economics, 32(11), 2000.

“The Impact of Medical Malpractice Insurance Cost on Physician Behavior: The Role of Income and Tort Signal Effects,” Applied Economics, 31(7), 1999.

“Nepotism, Discrimination, and the Persistence of Utility Maximizing Owner-Operated Firms: Reply” Southern Economic Journal, April, 1999. (With Larry Singell).

“Do Physicians Employ Aides Efficiently? Some New Evidence on Solo Practitioners,” Journal of Economics and Finance, Summer/Fall 1998.

“The Labor Supply Behavior of Self-Employed Solo Practice Physicians,” Applied Economics,  30(1), 1998.

“Are Malpractice Insurance Premiums a Tort Signal That Influence Physician Hours Worked?,” Economics Letters, September 1997.

“The Self-Employed Utility Maximizing Physician,”  Journal of Human Resources, 32(1), Winter 1997. (With Kelly Eakin).

“Nepotism, Discrimination, and the Persistence of Utility Maximizing Owner-Operated Firms,” Southern Economic Journal, 63(4), April 1997. (With Larry Singell).

“Using a Regression Approach to Study the Influence of Male Fetuses on the Genital Morphology of Neonatal Female Rats,” Multivariate Behavioral Research, 32(1), 1997. (With David Rowland and Els Houtsmuller).

“Estimating the Choice Behavior of Self-Employed Business Proprietors: An Application to Dairy Farmers,” Southern Economic Journal , 60(3), January 1994.

“Virtual Prices and a General Theory of the Owner-Operated Firm,” Southern Economic Journal, 58(4), April 1992. (With Kelly Eakin).

Courses Taught
Microeconomics, Health Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, Wine Economics, Introduction to Economic Problems and Policies, and Economics of the Stock Market.