Dr. Steven N. Weisbart, vice president and economist for the Insurance Information Institute, has been named chief economist of the organization, announced Dr. Robert P. Hartwig, president of the III.
Weisbart will oversee the Institute’s program of economic research and analysis, preparing studies in support of the organization’s communications mission, speaking to media and conducting briefings for member companies, industry organizations and public policymakers.
Since joining the III in 2005, Weisbart has authored several significant research papers and articles on a variety of insurance issues, including the threat of an avian flu pandemic, the effect of the aging U.S. population on the property/casualty insurance industry, and inside buildup in life insurance policies.
Weisbart frequently makes presentations on property/casualty issues to industry audiences as well as legislative forums. He recently briefed the Southern Legislative Conference and Alabama Insurance Planning Commission on coastal issues and gave presentations on basic property/casualty insurance principles to the Louisiana State Senate and the Maryland State Senate Finance Committee.
Before joining the III, Weisbart served as vice president at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) in New York, where he was responsible for reports and informational publications for customers and others on insurance, pensions and related financial topics. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF he was associate professor of Insurance in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance in the College of Business at Georgia State University.He is a board member of the American Risk and Insurance Association and member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Dr. Weisbart has authored and co-authored four books as well as papers that have appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Financial Service Professionals (where he was previously an Associate Editor), the CPCU Journal and Best’s Review. Currently he serves on the editorial board of the Risk Management and Insurance Review.
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