A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1989, Peter Barth has had an academic and research career in economics, with a focus on industrial relations and workers’ compensation. He is a member of the Academy’s Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee and a co-chair of the policy education seminar, "The Interaction of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance," co-sponsored by NASI and the Social Security Administration, which will take place on June 24, 2004, in Washington, DC.
“Peter Barth is a leading international scholar and policy advisor on workers’ compensation, the program that provides cash and medical benefits to workers disabled by workplace injuries and diseases. He has written the definitive study of occupational diseases and workers’ compensation and has examined other significant aspects of the program, including the benefits provided to workers with permanent disabilities.” says John Burton.
For twenty years, Peter Barth has been a Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as Department Chair. He was Director of the Office of Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Evaluation and Research for the U.S. Department of Labor in 1972-1973. He was also Executive Director of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws.
Professor Barth is the author of several books, such as Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: Interstate Differences, published by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute in 1999, The Tragedy of Black Lung: Federal Compensation for Occupational Disease, published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in 1987, Workers’ Compensation and Work Related Illnesses and Diseases (co-authored with H. Allan Hunt), published by MIT Press in 1980. “His research has looked at state and federal programs in the United States, as well as programs in Canada, Australia, and Europe,” says John Burton.
He is a member of the American Economic Association and of the Industrial Relations Research Association. He also was the recipient of several fellowships throughout his distinguished career: he was a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow in 1970-1971, a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 1976, a National Distillers Corporation Policy Fellow in 1976-1977, and a Swedish Institute Fellow in 1988.
Peter Barth’s wife, Nancy, is a recently retired survey researcher. They have three children: Sara, Steven, and Linda. His hobbies are gardening, reading, serious travel, and University of Connecticut basketball (men’s and women’s). Barth and his wife enjoy spending time in New York City where they attend theater and opera. He has been studying workers’ compensation for more than three decades and he says he is still impressed with how much more there is to learn about it.