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Dr. John Cobin
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Dr. John Cobin is a general manager of a construction company which highlights its property with blueberry production. He is also a part time relocation consultant, former radio talk show host of "Red Hot Chile," and now conducts a blog and webinar for expatriates interested in Chile. He spent many years as a professor of economics and public policy in Santiago, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Valdivia, Chile. He was a financial Planner in Greenville, South Carolina. He ran a morning call-in radio broadcast on public policy issues from 2004-2005. He taught both graduate and undergraduate courses and seminars (part time) in economics and public policy on occassion at the University of Phoenix, the King's College in New York, and LeTourneau University in Texas (online MBA program) along with short courses for various universities or institutes around the world. Previously he was a manager of a research department in Goleta, California, as well as a public policy consultant in Cambria, California. Moreover, was an Adjunct Professor of Economics at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas (online MBA program), and Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala. From 1996 to 2000, he taught in many universities in Chile, including Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, the International MBA program at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Viña del Mar, Chile, plus the MBA program at Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago (also in Concepción), Chile. He worked at Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile as a full time professor for nearly 4 years and was a semester at Universidad Marítima in Viña del Mar, Chile in 1996. He is active in public policy research and writing, and has completed projects for Centro de Estudios Públicos in Santiago. Dr. Cobin received his BA in Business Economics from California State University, Long Beach (1985), his MA in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara (1987), his MA in Economics from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (1995), and his PhD in Public Policy also from George Mason University (1996).
Dr. Cobins research has focused on the interrelation between Christian theology and public policy, evaluating urban public policies such as zoning, building and fire safety regulation (which has been his main field of study and the majority of his journal publications), and highway construction, as well as theoretical ways to reduce economic problems associated with them (e.g., his book Building Regulation, Market Alternatives, and Allodial Policy, London: Avebury, 1997, reprinted by Alertness Books in 2003.) He has also written on applied microeconomic topics, policy issues such as abortion, and this introductory text Políticas Públicas: Tópicos Modernos de Economía de Mercado para el Bienestar Social (Santiago de Chile: Universidad Andrés Bello, 2009) along with the English version A Primer on Modern Themes in Free Market Economics and Policy (Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers, 2009) covering public choice, Austrian economics, law and economics, and public policy themes. His latest books (2011-2012) are Life in Chile: A Former American's Guide for Newcomers (New York: Raider Publishing, forthcoming in print) and Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, both of which have been widely sold as PDF e-books through www.escapeamericanow.info and elsewhere. Dr. Cobin has also written Bible and Government: Public Policy from a Christian Perspective and Pro-Life Policy: A Perspective for Liberty and Human Rights (both with Alertness Books, 2003). (Click here for papers and here for books for more information about Dr. Cobin's previous weekly newspaper column for the Times Examiner, academic papers, and books.) His books include Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living (2012), Life in Chile: A Former American's Guide for Newcomers, A Primer on Free Market Economics and Policy (2009), Christian Theology of Public Policy: Highlighting the American Experience (Alertness Books 2006). Dr. Cobin has been a radio guest on many occasions to discuss his work (click and go to the bottom of this page for archives). His weekly column was published in The Times Examiner and Free Market News (online), among other places. Now he regulary writes educational and academic letters to the editor for various Chilean national newspapers, well over 1,250 since October 2011. Dr. Cobin has been interviewed on Chilean radio and television (CNN, Chilevisión), and in newspapers and magazines such as The Clinic, El Mercurio, El Sur and others. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Cobin has been a successful entrepreneur and consultant, having started and operated three small businesses for several years.
Ph.D. Public Policy
M.A. Business Economics
B.A. Business Economics
A.R.E. Liberal Arts and Religious Studies
General Manager of Agrícola Cherry Limitada, a real estate development project with some blueberry production, Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
Relocation and business consultant bringing expatriates to Chile, Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
Webinar host for "Escape America Now" and former radio show host of "Red Hot Chile" (internet-based), Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, part time
Gold coin arbitrager, Santiago, Chile, part time
Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, and international lecturer. His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed, refereed journals such as Planning Theory (ISI), Planning and Markets, Independent Review, Economia dei Servizi, Economic Affairs, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and (forthcoming) Cato Journal. He has also done several book reviews printed in Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. See Link to academic papers for the complete listing of papers and link to academic books and ecomomic textbook. Dr. Cobin's books on Chile are found under the resources tab of Escape America Now.
Pro-life libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress 4th District of South Carolina in 2006 and local public speaker
Financial Planner (and Visiting Professor part time)
Director of Research (and Senior Economist)
Policy expert and Visiting Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Policy Project Consultant & Teaching/Research Assistant (part time)
Financial Sales and Consulting Practice
Vending Business Entrepreneur and Manager (part time)
Microcomputer Consultant and dBASE Programmer (part time)
Instructor (Economics, Finance, Business & Computer Applications)
Systems Accountant and Bank Savings Representative
PAST PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
University Faculty for Life
Native speaker of English. Fluent in Spanish. I have taught courses in both English and Spanish, mostly in Spanish.
ACADEMIC PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES
Public policy topics related to fire safety regulation,perverse incentives, free market economics, homeschooling, Christian theology of public policy from 2004 to 2013 in Cuenca, Ecuador; Lima, Perú; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Belgrade, Serbia; La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
MISCELLANEOUS CAPACITIES AND CREDENTIALS
Microcomputer software, HTML web page creation, and hardware proficiency
Born 1963 in the United States. Chilean citizen. Permanent resident of Italy. Married to Pamela Sepúlveda Mendoza, 7 children. Interests include writing, public speaking, and formerly volleyball, skiing, and camping. International experience and travel: visited 70 countries, some extensively (USA, Italy, Chile), and has been to every place in Chile with more than 500 people (except Isla Juan Fernández), an every major city in Italy. Countries visited include: Chile (20 years), Guatemala (6 weeks), Italy (14x, for 5 months total), New Zealand (3 weeks), Jordan (2 months), Nigeria (1 month), India (1 month), and Iran (2 months), plus considerable travel in Andorra (6x), Argentina (10x), Austria (2x), Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia (3x), Brazil (4x), Bulgaria, Canada (8x), Colombia (2x), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic (3x), Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt (2x), England (3x) and Wales, Estonia, Finland, France (8x), Germany (3x), Ghana, Greece (3x), Hong Kong (2x), Hungary, Israel (2x), Lebanon, Liechtenstein (2x), Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico (12x), Monaco, Morocco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru (4x), Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia (3x), Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain (6x), Sweden, Switzerland (5x), Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey (2x), Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican City (2x), Vietnam, as well as 49 USA states (all but Alaska) and every region of Chile and Italy.
John Cobin Viña del Mar Chile
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