The late Dr. Stephen P. Dresch served on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Board of Scholars until his death in 2006. Elements of his distinguished academic and professional career appear below.

Tributes to Stephen P. Dresch

Stephen P. Dresch Obituary

Houghton Mining Gazette News Story on the Passing of Stephen Dresch

Detroit Free Press on the Passing of Stephen Dresch

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Education:

A.B., Philosophy, & Grad. Study, Economics, Miami University (Ohio), 1963 & 1963-4

M.Phil. & Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1966 & 1970

Professional & Related Employment:

Teaching Assistant, Economics, Miami University, 1963-4

Teaching Associate, Economics, Yale University, 1966-7

Instructor, Economics, Southern Connecticut State College, 1968-9

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1969-77

Lecturer, Urban Planning, Rutgers University, 1970

Consultant in residence, Ford Foundation, 1970-2

Director, Research in the Economics of Higher Education, and Lecturer, Economics & Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1972-5

Chairman, Institute for Demographic and Economic Studies, 1975-

Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, 1983-5

Dean and Professor of Economics and Business, School of Business & Engineering Administration, Michigan Technological University, 1985-90

Elected Member, House of Representatives, State of Michigan, 1991-2

Author, columnist (Traverse City Record Eagle, Christian Science Monitor [The Cost of U.S. Export Controls, Save the Infrastructure By Auctioning It Off.] et al.).

Consultant to international and governmental agencies, foundations, academic and research institutions, et al.

Expert witness in juridical, legislative and administrative proceedings. [Extensive experience as expert witness for defendants and plaintiffs in tort actions involving business loss, wrongful death and personal injury, working with major Connecticut and Michigan law firms.]

Independent political critic/activist (1992 Congressional primary candidate; founder of Michigan Constitutional amendment initiative Target: Accountability in Government).

Professional Recognition:

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1964-8

White House Conference on Inflation, 1974

Endowed Chair in Business Enterprise, University of Idaho, 1982

National Planning Committee on Education Statistics, 1982-3

Washington University - Institute for International Education Advisory Committee, 1988-90

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Economics and Forecasting of Scientific and Technological Progress, U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences, 1988

National Advisory Group on Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, 1989

Advisor, Institute for Public Opinion Research, Moscow, 1991

Contributor of The Economics of Fundamental Research to J. W. Sommer, ed., The Academy in Crisis: The Political Economy of Higher Education (New Brunswick and London, Transaction Publishers, 1995, for Independent Institute), recipient of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award (1996)

By Dr. Stephen P. Dresch

Destroying the Environment to Save It

Michigan State Industries Needs Competitive Contracting

Michigan State Industries is modeled loosely along the lines of Federal Prison Industries. Both programs employ cheap prison labor in the production of goods made for government bureaucracies. In Michigan, lawmakers should allow prisons to contract out their labor to private firms. … more

Destroying the Environment to Save It: The Sad Saga of Richard and Nancy Delene

MPR first told the story of how the Delenes' property rights had been violated in 1996. What has happened since that time? Mackinac Center for Public Policy scholar and former state legislator Stephen Dresch explains. … more

Private Wetland Developers: First Visionaries, Now Fugitives