Sam Peltzman is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1965, and he has previously taught at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He also served as Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s School of Business since 1973.
Professor Peltzman’s research has focused on issues related to the interface between the public sector and the private economy. His published work includes numerous articles in academic journals. These encompass many issues in the general areas of the Economics of Government Regulation and Industrial Organization, including the regulation of banking, automobile safety and pharmaceutical innovation, the growth of government, the political economy of public education, and the economic analysis of voters and legislators. He is the author or an editor of several books, including Political Participation and Government Regulation and The Deregulation of Network Industries: What’s Next.
Professor Peltzman is currently an editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and is the Director Emeritus of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago. He served as Director of the Stigler Center from 1991-2005. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and on the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute.