Daniel Sutter

Daniel Sutter

  • Senior Affiliated Scholar
  • Professor of Economics, Troy University

Daniel Sutter is a Senior Affiliated Scholar for the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also a Professor of Economics at Troy University.

A nationally recognized authority on the economics of weather, Dr. Sutter has published in top journals in both the social and natural sciences including Applied Economics, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Public Choice, Economics and Wind, Weather and Forecasting, Natural Hazards Review, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research.

 Dr. Sutter received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Published Research

Daniel J. Smith, Daniel Sutter | Oct 17, 2012
This paper surveys the research on cronyism and the available methods of measuring it—in particular, using surveys to measure the perception of cronyism. We also make suggestions for improving our measurements of cronyism.
Daniel Sutter | Nov 2009
The mathematical and statistical complexity of economic research increased remarkably over the past century. While criticisms of the trend abound, the "wisdom of crowds" argument creates a presumption that the profession's acceptance of increasing mathematical sophistication is a net improvement.
Daniel Sutter | Aug 01, 2008
This Policy Comment analyzes the connection between hurricane mitigation and insurance. As many people fail to purchase government-subsidized flood and earthquake insurance, some researchers argue…
Bruce Yandle, Daniel M. Rothschild, Daniel Sutter, Frederic Sautet, Peter J. Boettke, Steven Horwitz, Tim Roemer, Veronique de Rugy,, Curtis Melvin | Jul 29, 2008
This issue of Local Knowledge focuses on the role of entrepreneurs in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. In this issue you can read research articles that explain what entrepreneurship is; that…

Working Papers

Daniel Sutter | Jun 21, 2016
Medicaid was established in 1965 as a joint state and federal program to provide medical insurance to Americans who are poor and have disabilities, and it has grown from 1 percent to 3 percent of GDP. The source of Medicaid’s growth over the past 50 years must inform efforts to reform the program and slow spending. The literature on the political economy of Medicaid provides strong evidence of interest group and political ideological influence, enabled by the open-ended federal match for state spending.
G. P. Manish, Daniel Sutter | Aug 18, 2015
A new study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University synthesizes psychologists’ research on intrinsic motivations with research on the motives of entrepreneurs and shows that entrepreneurs are often motivated by a desire to succeed in competition with others. Consumer choice in markets provides validation to entrepreneurs about who provides the “best” product, so government intervention that results in disruption of choices in markets can make entrepreneurs who care about mastery worse off and harm economic growth.
Daniel Sutter | Mar 21, 2013
Driven by the need to reform unsustainable entitlement programs, policymakers today are looking to the successful example of welfare reform—specifically, to its block grants to states. To inform this discussion, a new Mercatus Center at George Mason University study by Daniel Sutter reviews arguments in the debate over block grants versus matching grants for joint federal-state programs, examines the effects of shifting control of welfare programs to the states, and considers how the lessons from welfare reform can inform the current debate about Medicaid block grants.
Daniel Sutter | Jun 2009
Critics have suggested that rising homeowners insurance costs in some areas since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina are due to market inefficiency or herding behavior by insurers This paper empirically tests…

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Daniel Sutter | March 25, 2013
Dr. Daniel Sutter discusses his recent Mercatus working paper, “Welfare Block Grants as a Guide for Medicaid Reform.”…
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