Michael A.S. Guth

Michael A. S. Guth is a health economics and outcomes researcher and attorney at law licensed in Tennessee, where he is based. For William Howard Taft University, he teaches Tax Research Techniques, Personal Income Taxation, Health Care Law, Global Economy, Business Economics Strategy, Managerial Economics, and others.  Shortly after completing his Ph.D. in economics, Dr. Guth worked as a financial quant investment banker for Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse in London, England, and Frankfurt, Germany.  In fact, he was living and working in Frankfurt during the reunification of East and West Germany.  Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a government contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and then went to law school.  Immediately after graduating from law school, he worked as a risk management consultant in the electric utility industry and energy sector.  With the collapse of Enron and the implosion of the electricity trading markets, he decided to make a career change and pursue his favorite research area:  health outcomes research.  In addition to working on pharmaceutical projects, he has performed research and published articles on health care systems, primary care, and medical devices.  He has been teaching courses online, mostly at the graduate level, for over fourteen years.  In 2016, he received a faculty award for teaching excellence from an external Management Institute.  He has an open-door policy and welcomes contact with student.  His teaching philosophy:  Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think — adapted from a quotation by Albert Einstein.

Dissertation Research Offerings

For DBA students, he is interested in Chairing dissertation research on topics such as these:

  1. The USA spends more on health care than any other country, yet it ranks around 17th in terms of global health outcomes.  How have private markets and the profit motive harmed the USA’s health care system?
  2. Designing an optimal corporate wellness program for employees.
  3. New technologies (such as cell phones in the 1990s) that do not work well at first, but create such enormous consumer demand that they are redeveloped and ultimately transform the economy.
  4. Financial economics, but not financial accounting.
  5. Econometrics, data analytics, empirical research.
  6. Speculation theory, speculative bubbles, financial risk assessment.
  7. Law and economics
  8. Economic business strategies involving assessment of competitors and trends in the economic environment.
  9. Quantitative economics or quantitative finance.

He can serve as a member of a dissertation committee to provide guidance on:

  1. Economics.
  2. Econometrics / applied statistics.

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