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Phelan, John (full)
John
Phelan
Ph.D.
Professor
Business
Economics
203-932-7350
Maxy 126H
Maxcy Hall
About Me

    My current research interests include the health benefits of direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs (DTCA), and the impact of expansion of Medicaid with respect to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    My current research focuses on the cost and benefits of DTCA.  In summary, my empirical research indicates that a substantial number of consumers are receiving life-extending benefits of advertising or Rx drugs that would not have occurred in the absence of this form of advertising.

    My current research involves the issue of the expansion of the federal Medicaid program as a result of the ACA.  The focus of this research will be on the effects of expanding Medicaid as a means of providing health insurance. My research will focus on the expansion of the number of consumers that are enrolled in Medicaid in the State of Connecticut. Data will be collected to measure the number of enrollees who will actually have access to physician services given that physicians are not mandated to accept Medicaid for reimbursement for medical care.  

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    Education

    PhD, The George Washington University, 1977.
    Major: Economics
    Dissertation Title: Economics of Occupational Licensing: Case Study of the Television Repair Industry

    MA, Indiana University, 1967.
    Major: Economics
    Dissertation Title: Economics of Conglomerate Mergers

     BS, Indiana University, 1965.
    Major: Economics; Business; History and Geography

     


    Published Intellectual Contributions

    Books

    Phelan, J. J., Bond, R., Kwoka, J., Whitten, I. T.  (1980). In Federal Trade Commission (Ed.), Effects of Restrictions on Advertising and Commercial Practice in the Professions: The Case of Optometry (NA ed., vol. NA, pp. 26). Washington, DC: U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Not Available in 1980

    Other

    Phelan, J. J. (1999). Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) Advertising of Prescription Drugs (Rx): Benefits of Diffusion of Information (No. 3 ed., vol. 2, pp. 28). Southwestern Economics Association: Southwestern Journal of  Economics.

    Phelan, J. J., Kelly, K. (1999). In NA (Ed.), The Future of Managed Care: Integration of Financing, Risk Management and Delivery (No. 10:587-94 ed., vol. 63, pp. 8). New Haven, CT: Connecticut Medicine. NA

    Bond, R., Kwoka, J., Phelan, J. J. (1983). In NA (Ed.), Self Regulation in Optometry: The Impact on Price and Quality (No's 2/3 ed., vol. 7, pp. pp 219-234). Harvard University: Journal of Law and Human Behavior. NA

     

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Phelan, J. J. (2014). Does Industry Concentration Matter? Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, Vol 15(No 1), pp 31-47. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research

    Kalyanaram, G. K., Phelan, J. J. (2013). The Effect of Direct to Customers (DTCA) on Market Share, Sales, and Consumer Welfare. Academy of Health Care Management Journal, 9(No. 1).

    Kalyanaram, G. K., Phelan, J. J. (2011). Effects of Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs on Prices. Journal of Business and Economic Studies, 17(No. 2), 10.

    Upadhyaya, K. P., Rainish, R., Phelan, J. J. (2009). Currency Devaluation and Aggregate Output in East Africa. Indian Journal of Economics and Business, 8, 221-227. 

    Chen, S., Gu, A., Nguyen, V., Phelan, J. J. (2009). Do Mutual Fund Managers Take More Risk Toward Year End? Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 14(No. 2), 7. Allied Academies

    Phelan, J. J. (1977). Economic Effects of Occupational Licensing: Case Study of the Television Repair Industry. U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    Presentations Given

    Phelan, J. J., Brown Bag Lunch, "Does Industrial Concentration Reduce Competition," Dept of Economics, Main Campus, University of New Haven. (March 1, 2014).

    Phelan, J. J., Allied Academy International Conference, "Effects of Direct-to-consumer advertising on sales of Rx drugs.," Allied Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada. (October 1, 2011).

    Phelan, J. J., Allied Academy Conference, Orlando, FL, "Paper on concentration in the US Airline Industry and competition," Allied Academies, Orlando, Florida. (2010).

    Upadhyaya, K. P., Rainish, R., Phelan, J. J., "Currency Devaluation and Aggregate Output in East Africa," Midwest Economic Association, Cleveland, Ohio. (March 2009). 

    Phelan, J. J., "Reform of Social Security," University of New Haven, West Haven,CT. (2006). 

    Phelan, J. J., Southwestern Allied Social Science Association Meetings, "Direct-To-Consumer (DTD) Advertising of Prescription Drugs (Rx): Benefits of Diffusion of Information," San Antonio, TX. (1999). 

    Phelan, J. J., "The Structural School of Antitrust and History of Regulation of the US Domestic Airline Industry," Northeastern Business and Economics Association, New Haven, CT. (1999). 

    Phelan, J. J. (Discussant), "Discussant, Issues in Health Care Management," Northeastern Business and Economics Association, New Haven, CT. (October 1999).

    Phelan, J. J., "Heading South: Losing Connecticut Manufacturing Jobs to Other Areas," Northeastern Business and Economics Association, New Haven CT. (September 1999).

    Phelan, J. J., "Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) Advertising of Prescription Drugs: Cost/Benefit Analysis of Advertising of Statin Drugs," A Hoc Pharmaceutical Industry Economics Group, New York, NY. (September 20, 1999). 

    Phelan, J. J. (Discussant), "Discussant, Economics of Health Care Panel," Southwestern Social Science Association Meetings, San Antonio, TX. (April 1999).

    Professional Positions

    Academic  

    Professor of Economics, University of New Haven. (2012 - Present).

    Associate Professor, Department of Public Management, University of New Haven. (1994 - 2011).

    Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Public Management, University of New Haven. (1992 - 1993).

    Chairmen and Associate Professor of Economics and Business, Albertus Magnus College. (1989 - 1991).
     

    Government

    Chief of Staff, CT Dept of Consumer Protection. (March 1, 1995 - September 1, 1996).
    On leave of absence to serve  as chief of staff of the Dept of Consumer Protection.

    Asso.ExecSecretary to the Secretary, HHS, Immediate Office of the Secretary, US Dept of Health and Human Services. (October 1, 1981 - August 1, 1989).
    Desk Officer for the Sec with respect to Food and Drug Admin regulatory issues.  Helped develop the initiative to de-regulate FDA's prohibition of Rx advertising directly to consumers that has resulted in a substantial increase in advertising of the availability of Rx drugs such as the Statin drug class.  Health benefits and sales of life-extending drugs has increased substantially over the past 10-15 years. 

    Senior Research Economist, Federal Trade Commission. (July 1, 1969 - October 1, 1981).
    Research in the area of Professional Licensing; Effects of Restrictions on Advertising in the Professions: Case Study of the Optometry Profession

    Professional Service

    Reviewer, Journal Article, Southwestern Journal of Economics.
    The Importance of Regional Labor Markets to Understanding the Widening Wage Gap Between Black and White Males: Some Evidence from Indiana

    Reviewer, Journal Article, Southwestern Journal of Economics. (1999 - Present).
    Manufacturing and Rural Economic Development in the US

    Reviewer, Journal Article, Southwestern Journal of Economics. (1999 - Present).
    The Impact of Mergers on Financial Performance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Reviewer, Journal Article, Southwestern Journal of Economics. (1999 - Present).
    Tobacco Production and the Cigar Industry in the Dominican Republic: Growth Under Constraints

    Media Contributions

    Newspaper

    Hartford Courant. OP-Ed article entitled: Breaking the VA Monopoly.  Won an award from the Hartford Courant for this article. (January 1, 2005).

    Teaching Experience

    University of New Haven

    ECON 4455, Honors Course - Modern US Economic History, 1 course.

    ECON 6601, Macroeconomics/Microeconomics, 3 courses.

Industry Experience
In The Media