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Dr. Kevin Simmons
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Dr. Simmons is known internationally for his work on the economics of natural hazards. His research has been highlighted and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, CBS Evening News, Fox Business, Christian Science Monitor and USA Today among others. He has published more than 50 articles, which are widely cited and have appeared in academic journals from a variety of disciplines including engineering, sociology, law, meteorology as well as economics. In 2011, Dr. Simmons published a book, Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes. This was followed by a second book, Deadly Season: Analyzing the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks in the Spring of 2012. Both books are co-authored with Daniel Sutter and are published by the American Meteorological Society and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

Over the last 15 years he has presented papers at academic conferences in the US as well as in 11 different countries. Additionally, he has made speeches for industry groups with an interest in natural hazards most notably institutes sponsored by property insurers.

In keeping with his belief that research enhances the classroom experience, Dr. Simmons has been noted for his teaching of undergraduate students. Princeton Review included him in the 2012 edition of America’s Best 300 Professors. In 2009 Dr. Simmons was selected as a Fulbright Research Scholar and worked with the International Centre for Geohazards in Oslo, Norway during Spring 2010. In 2012 he was selected as a Fulbright Specialist.

Dr. Simmons earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University where he developed a research interest in the economics of natural hazards. Currently, he is a Professor of Economics at Austin College where he holds the endowed Clara R. and Leo F. Corrigan Chair of Economics.

Entries by Dr. Kevin Simmons

PennyWise?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:33 PM

It seems that each spring brings a new round of violent weather. And with each storm another reminder that failing to anticipate the awesome power of nature can be deadly but almost always expensive. To save lives people need to always be aware of the threat of severe weather and...

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Tragedy Visits Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:20 PM

My research focus for the last 17 years has been the societal impacts of natural hazards. It's a fascinating field for a social scientist but one that continually reminds me of the fragility of civilization when confronted with the power of a major storm. Once again such a storm has...

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An Eerie Silence

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Like most people my age, I can remember where I was (first grade classroom, Swift Elementary School) when President Kennedy was assassinated. Our principal made a tearful announcement and released school early. I didn't know much about Presidents but I did know he was the Commander in Chief so my...

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Health Insurance Choices: High Deductibles and Health Savings Accounts

(9) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:33 PM

How we pay for health care is a divisive political topic. At its core, the debate is based on how economists define the delivery of health care. Is it a public good like police protection or is it a market good like buying a car? How you answer that question...

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Can We Minimize Heartbreak From Deadly Storms?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 11:01 AM

I have an odd research agenda for an economist: for the last 15 years I have studied the societal impacts and economic dimensions of natural hazards. The recent tornadoes in central Oklahoma have made it difficult to remain at arm's length from the topic as I once lived there and...

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