Brian  Brush
Brian BrushMarquette University

Straz Hall, 004

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-8050
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Professor Emeritus of Economics

Dr. Brush joined Marquette’s economics faculty in 1968 as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1977 and to the rank of Professor in 1994. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics during the periods 1978-82, 1985-88, and 1998-2002, and as Associate Dean in the College of Business Administration for six years, 1990-1996. He also served as the faculty advisor for the Marquette chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, from 1994 through 2005. His recent teaching has been concentrated in introductory and intermediate microeconomics, managerial economics, public finance and international economics. His current research is largely focused on the various economic issues surrounding the estimation of the present value of future economic losses in litigation.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Economics), 1973
  • B.A., Loras College (Economics), 1965 

Professional Experience

Dr. Brush has served as an economic consultant and expert witness in numerous litigation matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and wrongful termination, 1986-2002. His experience includes the estimation of economic damages, preparation of reports, and deposition and trial testimony.

Professional Interests

  • Industrial organization
  • Public finance
  • Forensic economics
  • Applied microeconomics 

Selected Publications

“Winning in NCAA Women’s Soccer: Does the Gender of the Coach Matter?” Contemporary Issues in Education Research,” Vol. 4, No. 8 (August 2011), pp. 19-27. [with Gregory Naples].

“Using Historical Simulation to Compare the Accuracy of Nine Alternative Methods of Estimating the Present Value of Future Lost Earnings,” Journal of Forensic Economics, Vol. 22, No. 1 (June 2011), pp. 1-20.

“On the Relative Accuracy of Discounting Based on Risk-Free and Risky Portfolios,” Journal of Forensic Economics, Vol. 22, No. 1, (June 2011), pp. 59-73.

“The Plaintiff as Victim and Investor:  Prudent Investing and the Calculation of Economic Damages,”
Journal of Legal Economics, Vol. 14, No. 3 (March 2008), pp.  15-41. [with Charles H. Breeden]