PERC Staff

Dennis W. Jansen


Director


Dr. Dennis W. Jansen is Professor of Economics and Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University.  He holds the Jordan Professorship in Public Policy.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from St. Louis University.  His research has focused on macroeconomics, financial economics, forecasting, and the economics of education.  He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and from various agencies in the state of Texas. He has worked for the Texas Education Agency to study the Texas school finance formula, and to evaluate both the Texas Educator Excellence Grant program and the Texas District Award for Teacher Excellence program.  Professor Jansen was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008, lecturing and conducting research in Ireland.  He has chaired the doctoral dissertations of over forty students who hold jobs in academia, government and business in the U.S. and throughout the world.  He is a regular participant at academic conferences.  At Texas A&M University Dr. Jansen has served in various administrative posts including Department Head, Director of Graduate Programs, and Director of Undergraduate Programs.  Dr. Jansen has held research or teaching positions at the National University of Ireland-Galway, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, North Carolina State University, Korea University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics (China), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Catholic University Leuven, and Maastricht University.  He has published over seventy research papers in professional journals and books, two textbooks, and numerous other writings.

Dr. Jansen's CV



Thomas R. Saving


Director Emeritus


Dr. Thomas R. Saving is the Director Emeritus of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. A University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Texas A&M, he also holds the Jeff Montgomery Professorship in Economics. Dr. Saving received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and served on the faculty at the University of Washington at Seattle and Michigan State University before moving to Texas A&M University in 1968. Dr. Saving's research has covered the areas of antitrust, monetary, and health economics. He has served as a referee or as a member of the editorial board of the major United States economics journals and as co-editor of Economic Inquiry from 1997-2006. His current research emphasis is on the benefit of markets in solving the pressing issues in health care and Social Security. He is the co-editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers, University of Chicago Press, 1999, and the co-author of The Economics of Medicare Reform, W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2000, and The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare, AEI, 2007. Dr. Saving has been elected to the post of President of the Western Economics Association, the Southern Economics Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Dr. Saving as a Public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds; he served as Trustee until 2007. He also served on President Bush's bipartisan Commission to Strengthen Social Security.
 
Dr. Saving's CV



Andrew J. Rettenmaier


Executive Associate Director


Andrew J. Rettenmaier is the Executive Associate Director at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. He received a B.S. in Finance and a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University. His primary areas of research are labor and public policy economics. Dr. Rettenmaier and Dr. Saving have presented their proposal on medicare reform to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee and the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. The proposal was featured in the Wall Street Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News. He is co-author, along with Dr. Saving, of The Economics of Medicare Reform, a 2000 publication from the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He is also an editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press. He is also co-author with Dr. Saving of The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare, published in 2007 by AEI Press. Dr. Rettenmaier is the co-principal investigator on several research grants and is the author of numerous academic articles and numerous monographs. He has published in Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Southern Economic Journal, and Economic Inquiry, among other economic journals.

 
Dr. Rettenmaier's CV



Liqun Liu


Research Scientist


Liqun Liu is a Research Scientist at the Private Enterprise Research Center. He joined the Center after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University in 1998. Originally from China, he also received a B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Liu's primary research interests are public policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and decision analysis. He has published in Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Theoretical and Institutional Economics, National Tax Journal, and Southern Economic Journal, among other economics journals. He served as an associate editor for Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization from 2012 to 2016. In September, 2017, Dr. Liu and his co-authors received the SCOR - Geneva Risk and Insurance Review Best Paper Award for "Tradeoffs for Downside Risk-Averse Decision-Makers and the Self-Protection Decision."

Dr. Liu's CV



Carlos Navarro


Senior Research Associate


Carlos joined PERC in the spring of 2018. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas- Pan American and a Master's of International Affairs from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he focused his studies in Development Economics, Trade and Migration.  While at the Bush School, Carlos was a recipient of The U.S. Congress-George H.W. Bush Fellowship (104th Congressional Fellowship). In the spring of 2017, Carlos presented his Bush School Capstone project, “Comparative Analysis of U.S., Russian, and Chinese activities in Latin America and the Caribbean,” to the U.S. Southern Command. His current research at PERC is focused on local-level economic indexes and migration in the United States with special attention on border commuting zones.



Anjelica Lopez


Administrative Coordinator II


Angie joined PERC in the fall of 2015.  A B.C.S. area native, she provides all administrative functions, including event planning, human resources tasks, and scheduling.



Ashley Bullock


Communications Coordinator


Ashley has been a part of PERC since summer, 2017.  She is originally from the midwest and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. Mrs. Bullock is responsible for media outreach, event planning and department communications.