Barbara D. Stewart


Barbara D. Stewart was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated, summa cum laude, from Beaver College in Glenside, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration and then studied economics at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of New York University.

Her professional career has included, from 1965 through 1973, economic research and investment performance measurement for the New York investment banking firm of Wood, Struthers & Winthrop and, through 1973-1974, systems consulting for Bradford Computer Systems. From 1974 through 1981, she was Corporate Economist for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, where her responsibilities included analysis of insurance markets and general economic conditions for investment and insurance operations.

Since 1981, she has been President of Stewart Economics, Inc. Her work has included strategic planning and problem solving, analyses of insurance companies and their operations, studies of competitive and regulatory issues in insurance markets, and evaluations of insurance organizations.

Barbara Stewart is the author of The Profit Cycle in Property and Casualty Insurance, a text for the American Institute’s CPCU course 9, and co-author of "A Brief History of Underwriting Cycles" in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Cycles and Crises in Property-Casualty Insurance. She is also co-author of Managing Insurer Insolvency, Insurance Insolvency Guarantees, Niche Insurance Companies, Information Technology and Insurance Agent Licensing, A Proposal to Modernize Insurance Agent Licensing, and The Loss of the Certainty Effect. She has spoken to many insurance industry groups and has published several well-known papers on the economics of the property-casualty insurance business.

Barbara Stewart was named Insurance Woman of 1987 by the Association of Professional Insurance Women. She is a Director of Insurance Services Office, Inc. and of National Grange Mutual Insurance Company; a former Director of Capital Re Corporation; an Overseer of The School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science of St. John's University; a member of the Editorial Board of Risk Management and Insurance Review; and a former member of the CPCU Examination Committee. She is also a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, the International Insurance Society, the American Economic Association and the National Association of Business Economists.