Richard Gearhart joined California State University, Bakersfield in August of 2014, coming from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he earned both his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. in Economics. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics and is the Managing Editor of the Kern Economic Journal, a publication that tracks and analyzes local economic trends and data.
Dr. Gearhart is an expert on Health Economics, Labor Economics, Regional Economics, and Public Sector Economics, analyzing the efficiency and productivity of healthcare delivery systems at the individual, local, and regional levels. He has published peer-reviewed articles examining both county and state level healthcare efficiency, as well as focusing on limitations of looking across countries to model healthcare systems. Dr. Gearhart also has written articles on the impact of oil prices on employment in various sectors in Kern County, such as manufacturing, farming, and service-oriented, as well as the health impacts of rapidly fluctuating oil prices.
He has appeared on a variety of media outlets and has been asked to talk about the policy implications of numerous public policies, including the increase in the California minimum wage, and the state of the national housing market. He hopes to provide the tools with which citizens can engage in informed debate about various measures being proposed for the near and far future.