Patrick Van Horn

Associate Professor of Economics
Chair, Department of Economics

Department: Economics
Office Address: Humanities 221
Office Phone: (909) 607-3255
Personal Website:

Academic History

Ph.D., Economics, University of California - Irvine, June 2007.

M.A., Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences, University of California - Irvine, 2004.

B.S., Economics, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2001.

Areas of Expertise

Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Financial History, Economic History.

Personal Interests

Cooking, smoking (food), restoring a classic car, jogging, anything near the beach.

Selected Research and Publications

“In the Eye of a Storm: Manhattan's Money Center Banks during the International Financial Crisis of 1931” with Gary Richardson. NBER Working Paper #w17437. Explorations in Economic History, April, 2018.

“Commercial Bank Leverage and Regulatory Regimes: Comparative Evidence from the Great Depression and
Great Recession,” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May, 2016.

“Did the Reserve Requirement Increments of 1936-1937 Reduce Bank Lending? Evidence from a Natural
Experiment” with Haelim Park. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. August, 2015.

“Fetters of Debt, Deposit, or Gold? The International Propagation of the Banking Crisis of 1931” with Gary
Richardson, NBER Working Paper #w12983, Economic History Yearbook, December, 2011. (In German and

“The Small, Private Banker in New York and Regulatory Change, 1893-1933”, Essays in Economic and Business
History, May 2010.

“Intensified Regulatory Scrutiny and Bank Distress in New York City during the Depression” with Gary
Richardson, NBER Working Paper #w14120. Journal of Economic History , June 2009.

Awards and Honors

  • Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship, University of Texas – Austin, 2018.
  • Sam Taylor Fellowship, 2017
  • Sam Taylor Fellowship, 2015
  • Southwestern University, Faculty-Student Research Grant, 2014, 2016.
  • University of Michigan at Dearborn, Small Research Grant, 2009.
  • Arthur Cole Grant in Aid, Economic History Association, 2008
  • University of Michigan at Dearborn, Academic Apprentice Grant, 2008
  • University of Michigan at Dearborn, Faculty Seed Grant, 2007
  • University of California, Irvine, Regents Dissertation Fellowship, 2006.
  • University of California, Irvine. Department of Economics Summer Fellowship, 2004, 2005. University of California, Irvine. Regents Fellowship, 2001.
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Economics Student of the Year, 2001.


Patrick Van Horn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Scripps College. Previously, he taught at the University of Michigan, the New College of Florida, Southwestern University, and the University of Texas. He was nominated for the Teaching Award at Southwestern University, and awarded the Silver Spur Teaching Fellowship at the University of Texas. His teaching interests lie in macroeconomics, monetary economics, economic history, and financial economics.

He earned his PhD in Economics from UC Irvine in 2007. His main research fields are Economic and Financial History and Monetary Economics. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on the corporate governance of financial institutions and the role that market discipline plays in the choices of leverage, risk, and liquidity. His research has been published in the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings. He has presented his research at the NBER Summer Institutes, the Annual Workshop on Macroeconomics Research at Liberal Arts
Colleges, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Dallas, Richmond, and San Francisco, and
St. Louis.