Dr. Svorny is professor of economics at California State University, Northridge. An expert on the regulation of health care professionals, including medical professional licensing, she has participated in health policy summits organized by Cato and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Her related publications include articles in Econ Journal Watch, Contemporary Economic Policy, Public Choice, Applied Economics, The Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, and Economic Inquiry, chapters in health policy volumes (What Can States Do to Reform Healthcare, American Health Care: Government, Market Processes and the Public Interest) and chapters on medical licensing in the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics and The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues.

More from Shirley Svorny


L.A.’s Feel-Good Plan for Paid Leave Won’t Feel Nearly as Good When the Costs Pile Up

Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2019.

Doctors Should Support Interstate Telemedicine

Orange County Register. February 8, 2018.

Telemedicine… Across State Borders

The Milken Institute Review. December 19, 2017.

Blog Posts

Cato Studies

Liberating Telemedicine: Options to Eliminate the State-Licensing Roadblock

Policy Analysis No. 826. November 15, 2017.

Could Mandatory Caps on Medical Malpractice Damages Harm Consumers?

Policy Analysis No. 685. October 20, 2011.

Medical Licensing: An Obstacle to Affordable, Quality Care

Policy Analysis No. 621. September 17, 2008.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Beyond Medical Licensure

Regulation. Spring 2015.

Why California Dissolved Its RDAs

Regulation. Summer 2014.

The Collapse of a Noble Idea

Regulation. Winter 2004.


Liberating Telemedicine

November 15, 2017. Capitol Hill Briefing.