Werner Troesken was a Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He had been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a John M. Olin Faculty Fellow, and held visiting positions at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona. His research had been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Earhart Foundation.
Troeksen’s primary field was American economic history, with an emphasis on topics related to race, environmental history, disease, and political economy. He published three books and more than thirty scholarly articles. His book Water, Race, and Disease, published with MIT Press in 2004, received the Alice Hanson Jones Prize, which is awarded every two years by the Economic History Association for the best book in American economic history.
Troesken visited PERC as a Julian Simon Fellow.