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Shirley Svorny
Professor of Economics

General Information

College of Business and Economics

Career Biography


Ph.D., Economics, 1979, University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: Foreign-Trained Physicians and Health Care in the United States
Advisor: Professor C.M. Lindsay

M.A., Economics, 1975, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Political Science and Economics, 1973, University of California, Los Angeles


8/78 - 12/2013: Professor of Economics, California State University, Northridge - Taught courses in health, labor, and urban economics. Research interests: public policy and regulation. (On leave academic years 1981-82 to 1983-84, 1986-87)

8/03 - 8/09: Chair, Department of Economics, California State University, Northridge

5/06 - 10/08: Expert Witness Preparation, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Missouri - Research on federal and California regulation of the cigarette industry since 1940.

5/96 - 12/00: Founding Director, San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, CSUN - Responsible for effort to gather and present economic, social, and demographic data on the San Fernando Valley. Authored report of findings, organized presentations at public events, responded to community requests for information, oversaw student research projects.

7/92 - 8/98: Affiliated Scholar, Milken Institute, Santa Monica - Conducted research on bank regulation, allocation of federal job training funds, and job security. Authored newspaper and magazine articles on public policy issues.

6/86 - 6/87: Vice President and Senior Economist, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles - Responsible for establishing industry risk evaluation effort. Analyzed a broad range of U.S. industries. Researched and wrote industry analyses that emphasized evaluation of industry risks. Advised bank management on industry developments. Supervised a staff of three economists.

5/81 - 8/84: Economist, Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Getty Oil Company, Los Angeles - Provided economic analysis of proposals for regulatory change relating to energy markets, environmental protection, and agricultural set-asides. Authored corporate policy statements and replies to proposed federal government rule-makings. Participated in development of crude oil and petroleum product price forecasts for corporate financial planning. Involved in innovative strategic planning project.

1977-78: Lecturer, Department of Economics, California State University, Hayward


Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar

Economic Development in Pima County, Goldwater Institute, April 19, 2017

Eight-week Course for Community Members; The Economic Consequences of Government Policies and Regulations. The Charles Koch Foundation, Oct/Nov 2014

California's Overtime Requirements: Implications for Workers and the State as a Whole, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, May 1, 2011


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