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David A. Anderson

Blazer Professor of Economics & Business

Offices & Programs


BA: University of Michigan
MA: Duke University
Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Harvard Extension School 
PhD: Duke University


David A. Anderson is the Paul G. Blazer Professor of Economics at Centre College. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on the economics of crime, the environment, gender bias, law, childbirth, and public policy. His 15 books include Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management, The Cost of Crime, Economics for the AP Course, and Survey of Economics.


Innovative Teaching Award
Center for Teaching & Learning, 2016
Social Science Textbook of the Year, Macmillan, 2015
Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
Stodghill Research Professorships, 2005, 2012
Permaculture Design Certificate, Ecological Solutions of Australia, 2005
ACS / Rasmussen Foundation Grants, 1999–2000, 2003, 2004
3M Foundation Vision Grant, Principal Investigator, 1997–2000
NEH Distinguished Professorship, 1996–98
Centre Professional Development Grants, 1993–2001
BellSouth Teaching Grants (co-PI); 1995, 1996
Andrew Mellon Foundation Technology Grant (co-PI), 1995–98
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Grant, 1995
3M Foundation Vision Grant, Principal Investigator, 1995–97
Kentucky Real Estate Commission Research Grants; 1994, 1995
Duke University Research Grant with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., 1991
High Honors in Economics, University of Michigan, 1986
Class Honors, University of Michigan, 1984–86


American Economic Association Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Economics Honor Society)
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Honorary Member, Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau


Law and Economics
Environmental Economics
Quantitative Methods
Industrial Organization
Game Theory
Economics of Crime
Principles of Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Senior Seminar Economics of Tourism
Dispute Resolution
Freshman Seminar: Economics in an Ethical World
The Law and Economics of Oceania (Fiji/Hawaii)
Economic Development
Labor Economics


Dispute Resolution: Bridging the Settlement Gap, editor (1996, Routledge)
Cracking the AP: Economics (2000+, Princeton Review/Random House)
Cracking the Golden State Exam: Economics, with John Gilleaudeau (2000, Random House)
Favorite Ways to Learn Economics, with James Chasey (2001, 2006, South-Western; 2011, Worth)
Sometimes I Get So Angry! Anger Management for Everyone (2007, Pensive Press)
Contemporary Economics for Managers (2008, Worth Publishers)
Treading Lightly: The Joy of Conservation, Moderation, and Simple Living (2009, Pensive Press)
Economics in Modules, with Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, and Margaret Ray (2011, Worth)
Explorations in Economics, with Alan Krueger (2013, Worth Publishers)
Favorite Ways to Explore Economics, with James Chasey (2013, Worth)
Economics by Example (2007, 2016, Worth)
Krugman’s Economics for AP, with Margaret Ray (2011, 2015, 2019, Worth)
Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management (2004, South-Western; 2006, Pensive Press; 2010, 2014, 2019, Routledge)
Survey of Economics (2019, Worth Publishers)
Empirical Analysis of Natural Gas Markets, editor with Shigeyuki Hamori (2020, MDPI)
"Improving Settlement Devices: Rule 68 and Beyond," 23:1 Journal of Legal Studies (1994), 225-246
"Compensating Wage Differentials and the Optimal Provision of Unemployment Insurance," 60:3 Southern Economic Journal (1994), 644–656
"Can Computers Replace the Classroom Chalkboard? The Case of Economic Education," 12:1 Social Science Computer Review (1994), 100–113
"Estimating the Adequacy of Workers' Compensation Benefits," Kentucky Journal of Economics and Business (1994), 33–51
"Empirical Evidence on Settlement Devices: Does Rule 68 Encourage Settlement?" with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., 71:2 Chicago-Kent Law Review (1995), 519–545
"One-Way Fee Shifting Statutes and Offer of Judgment Rules: An Empirical Experiment," with T.D. Rowe, Jr., 36 Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science, and Technology (1996), 255–273
"An Introduction to Dispute Resolution," in David A. Anderson (ed.), Dispute Resolution: Bridging the Settlement Gap (1996, Elsevier/JAI Press) 1–16
"Empirical Evidence on the Success of Settlement Devices," with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., in David A. Anderson (ed.), Dispute Resolution: Bridging the Sett. Gap (1996, JAI Press) 131–144
"The Accelerator Principle," in Thomas Cate, David Colander, and Geoff Harcourt (eds.), Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics (1997 and 2013, Elgar Publishing) 3–6
"The Multiplier Effect," in Thomas Cate, David Colander, and Geoff Harcourt (eds.), Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics (1997 and 2013, Elgar Publishing) 450–453
"Characteristics of an Ideal Teacher Evaluation Mechanism,” with Harry Landreth, 7:4 The National Teaching and Learning Forum (1998) 5–7.
"The Cost Effectiveness of Home Birth," with Rondi Anderson, 44:1 Journal of Nurse-Midwifery (1999) 30–35
"Government's Role in Property Ownership: Hobbes meets Gulligan," in Nicholas Mercuro and Warren J. Samuels (eds.), Fundamental Interrelationships between Government and Property, Policy Studies Organization/JAI Press (1999) 37–46
"The Aggregate Burden of Crime," 42:2 Journal of Law and Economics (1999) 611–642, https://doi.org/10.1086/467436
“A Production Possibilities Frontier Experiment: Links and Smiles,” with James Chasey, 7:2 Classroom Expernomics (2000)
“A Theory of Quality Signaling in the Marriage Market,” with Shigeyuki Hamori, 12:3 Japan and the World Economy (2000) 229–242
“The Fair Division of Natural Resources,” 15:2 Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law (2001) 227–45
“An Empirical Analysis of the Osaka Rice Market during Japan’s Tokugawa Era” with Shigeyuki and Naoko Hamori, 21:9 Journal of Futures Markets (2001) 861–74
“The Deterrence Hypothesis and Picking Pockets at the Pickpocket’s Hanging,” 4:2 American Law and Economics Review (2002) 295–313
“Real Wage Behavior in the United States, Britain, and Japan: An ARCH Approach,” with Shigeyuki Hamori, 4 European Economic and Political Issues (2002) 13–24
“Stock Returns and Real Activity: New Evidence from the United States and Japan,” with Shigeyuki and Naoko Hamori, 41:3,4 Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics (2002)
“A Picture is Worth $10 Million: Adult Object Permanence and the Neglected Power of Sight,” 23: 1 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Newsletter (2003)
“Pricing Protection: Understanding the Environmental Economics of Biodiversity Protection,” in S. Spray and K. McGlothlin (eds.), Loss of Biodiversity (2003, Rowman & Littlefield)
“Fairness in the Face of Conflict: Dividing Environmental Assets and Obligations,” 3:2 International Journal of Global Economic Issues (2003) 116–32
“The Aggregate Burden of Crime,” republished in Kurt Finsterbush, ed., Taking Sides: Social Issues 13e (2004, McGraw-Hill/Duskin), Isaac Ehrlich and Zhiqiang Lui, eds., The Economics of Crime (2005, Edward Elgar), Kurt Finsterbush, ed., Annual Editions: Sociology, 34e (2005, McGraw-Hill/Duskin), Thom Brooks, ed., Crime and Punishment: Critical Essays in Legal Philosophy (2014, Ashgate)
“Gender Role Stereotyping of Parents in Children's Picture Books: The Invisible Father,” with Mykol Hamilton, 52:3/4 Sex Roles: A Journal of Research (2005) 145–151. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-005-1290-8
“Evaluating Policies for Sustainability: The Neglected Influence of Visual Images,” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2005)
“The Determinants of Municipal Solid Waste,” 24:2 Journal of Applied Economics and Policy (2005)
“Gender Stereotyping and Under-Representation of Female Characters in 200 Popular Children’s Picture Books: A 21st Century Update,” with Mykol Hamilton, 55:11/12 Sex Roles: A Journal of Research (2006) 757–765
“Utopia Isn’t So Bad,” 68:5 The Humanist (Sept./Oct. 2008) 20–24. “Finding the Path to Optimal Deterrence by Tracking the Path that Leads to Crime," Editorial Introduction, 9:2 Criminology & Public Policy (May 2010)
“A Voting Approach to Externality Problems,” 14:1 Journal of Economic and Social Policy (2011)
“The Cost of Crime,” 7:3 Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics (2012) 209–265
“Energy Efficiency,” in John C. Whitehead and Tim Haab (eds.), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia (2014, Greenwood)
“Teaching Economics: Writing, Resources, and Formulating Questions.” ReVIEWS + ABC-CLIO, 2017. Web. 1 Apr. 2017
“What If Another 10% of Deliveries Occurred at Home or in a Birth Center? The Economics and Politics of Out-of-Hospital Birth in the United States,” with Betty-Anne Daviss and Kenneth C. Johnson, in Betty-Anne Daviss and Robbie David-Floyd (eds.) Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power (2020, Routledge)
“Environmental Exigencies and the Efficient Voter Rule,” 8:4 Economies (2020) 100, https://doi.org/10.3390/economies8040100
“Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines: Risks and Remedies for Host Communities,” 13:8 Energies (2020) 1873, https://doi.org/10.3390/en13081873
“Cost of Crime,” in A. Marciano and G.B. Ramello (eds), Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. (2021, 2014, Springer), https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_551-2
“Pivoting to Childbirth at Home or in Freestanding Birth Centers in the US during COVID-19: Safety, Economics and Logistics,” with Betty-Anne Daviss and Kenneth C. Johnson, Frontiers in Sociology: Gender, Sex and Sexualities (March 2021). https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2021.618210
"The Costs of Crime,” in C. J. Barnes and David R. Forde (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2021, Wiley-Blackwell)
“The Cost of Home Birth in the United States,” with Gabrielle M. Gilkison, 18:19 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2021) 10361. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910361
“Gender Socialization, Family Leadership, and the Invisible Father in Children’s Literature,” with Mykol C. Hamilton, Gabrielle M. Gilkison, and Skyler K. Palmer. Journal of Family Issues (December 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X211058820
“The Aggregate Cost of Crime in the United States,” 64:4 Journal of Law and Economics (November 2021). https://doi.org/10.1086/715713
“Triangulated Teaching: Approaching Environmental Economics from Multiple Angles,” in John C. Bergstrom and John Whitehead (eds.), Teaching Environmental and Resource Economics: Paradigms and Pedagogy. (2022, Edward Elgar).

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