ECONOMICS & FINANCE
Academic Program at Centre College
David A. Anderson came to Centre College in 1992, and was named the Blazer Professor of Economics in 2001. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
Dr. Anderson has expertise in the economics of law, crime, and the environment. He has also published scholarly articles on futures markets, ARCH models, marriage, social insurance, classroom technology, instructional evaluation, childbirth, and dispute resolution, among other topics. His 12 books cover the topics of dispute resolution, environmental economics, active learning, and introductory economics.
Dr. Anderson’s consulting work includes economic impact studies and expert witness testimony on the value of life and lost earnings.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Economics of law, crime, or the environment — The diminishment of fathers — Deterrent effects of crime and capital punishment — Sources of the solid waste problem — The dating process
Grant-supported research on legal policy, dispute resolution, environmental economics, and the economics of crime. To read about Anderson’s recent speaking engagement on the economics of crime, click here. See personal Web page for a list of 25 articles and books. Student-assisted research includes studies of the aggregate burden of crime, new settlement-encouraging legal rules, the sources of our solid waste problem, and innovative teaching, active learning, and evaluation systems.
Maria Apostolova-Mihaylova joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of economics.
Her research interests include macroeconomics, economic education, health economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. and M.S. in international economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria; an M.S. in management from the Université Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, France; an MBA in finance from Montclair State University; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Kentucky.
File last updated 9/2/15
Sarthak Behera joined the faculty of Centre College in 2020.
Behera’s teaching interests include macro and microeconomics, money and banking, econometrics, labor economics, international trade, mathematical economics and public policy and statistics.
Behera received a B.S. in economics from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, an M.A. in financial economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University.
Bruce K. Johnson is the James Graham Brown Professor of Economics at Centre College, a title he has held since 1992. He joined the college faculty in 1987.
He teaches econometrics, a subject in which he is contributing author for the current (7th) edition of a leading undergraduate textbook, Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide, by A.H. Studenmund. He will be co-author for the 8th and subsequent editions. He also regularly teaches core courses in economic principles and microeconomics and has taught a wide array of field courses, including industrial organization, urban economics, and the economics of sports.
His articles and reviews have been published in academic journals including, among others, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Sports Economics, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press, the Brookings Institution, Syracuse University Press, and others.
He is best known for his research using contingent valuation surveys to estimate the value of civic pride and other public goods sports produce for their communities, filling an important gap in our understanding of public policy issues surrounding subsidies to teams, athletes, and stadiums.
Reporters from media outlets around the nation regularly seek his views on sports economics topics. He has been interviewed by such organizations as ABCNews.com, CNNMoney.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Sacramento Bee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other newspapers on such topics as stadium economics, antitrust and sports, baseball labor strife, the economics of horse racing, and more.
Johnson has been a contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and his numerous opinion pieces applying economic analysis to current events have appeared in such newspapers as USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Charlotte Observer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Johnson was visiting professor of economics at the University of Virginia in 2001-02 and again in 2010. During the 1993-94 academic year and during the spring semesters of 2001, 2006, and 2011 he served as resident director of Centre’s overseas program in London. He will direct the London program again in 2018.
He serves as a member of the Consensus Forecasting Group, the nonpartisan panel of economists charged with developing the official forecast of state government revenues for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A magna cum laude graduate of Transylvania University, Johnson earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Virginia.
File last updated: 12/20/16
EXPERT: Economics of sports, including valuation of sports public goods such as civic and national pride; government subsides of stadiums, professional teams, Olympic teams, and mega-events; and sport labor markets.
Focuses on the economics of sports. His research has been published by Economic Inquiry, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Sports Economics, the Brookings Institution, Syracuse University Press, and Oxford University Press. Special emphasis on valuing civic pride and other intangible benefits due to teams, stadiums, and athletic success. Placements include two USA Today columns, Boston Globe and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columns, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Globe and Mail (Canada).
Patten Mahler joined Centre in 2014, and is associate professor of economics.
Her fields of interest include economics of education, labor economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. in physics from Davidson College, an M.A. in economics from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
John Perry is an Associate Professor of Economics and Economics Program Chair. He joined the Centre faculty in 2007, and has served as the economics and finance chair.
Perry is an applied microeconomist with an active research agenda whose primary areas of expertise are labor and health economics. His most recent papers investigate the labor market impacts of non-physician practitioners receiving greater practice authority, the impact of medical malpractice reform on health labor markets, sports economics, and economics education. In the past, he’s written and published on topics ranging from expanded legalized gambling to college admissions. In 2012 Perry won the National Association of Business Economists’ Abramson Award for his work on medical liability’s impact on the physician labor market.
Perry regularly teaches core courses in economics including principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, and econometrics. He has taught a wide array of field courses including labor economics, public policy economics, and risk management and insurance, as well as signature courses in health economics and personal finance.
Before coming to Centre, Perry was staff economist for the Legislative Research Commission of the Kentucky General Assembly where he performed non-partisan research and policy analysis for policy makers and staff. Perry was the General Assembly’s economist with duties over labor, health, and gaming issues.
Perry graduated from Centre in 2000 with a degree in economics. He worked as an actuary with Milliman USA, returning to full-time studies at the University of Kentucky where he earned an M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) in economics
To read about Perry’s monthly finance column in Lexington’s Herald-Leader, click here.
File last updated: 10/17/13
Marie Petkus joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of economics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. She was appointed Ewing T. Boles Associate Professor of Economics in 2016, and received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.
Petkus regularly teaches principles of economics, econometrics, and industrial organization. She has also taught intermediate microeconomics, game theory, international trade, mathematical economics, environmental economics, and developed courses for study abroad programs. In 2014 she directed Centre’s study abroad program in Merida, Mexico and has since co-directed two CentreTerm programs to Cuba (2017, 2019). In addition, Petkus has taught on the Kentucky Institute for International Studies programs to Yucatan, Mexico (2018), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018).
Her primary research interests are economic education and experimental economics, with publications in the Journal of Economic Education. Her current research examines the impact of socioeconomic differences on social preferences. For her dissertation, Petkus measured the price response of Illinois landfill owners to changes in competition arising from a new environmental regulation.
Before coming to Centre, Petkus was a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in economics and mathematical statistics. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
File last updated: 11/18/19
Ravi Radhakrishnan joined Centre College in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Economics, and was named associate professor in 2018.
Prior to joining Centre College, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests lie in the area of economic growth and political economy. He teaches a variety of classes at Centre College including macroeconomic analysis, economic growth, international trade, and Money & Banking.
He received is Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech., and a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from Delhi University, India.
File last updated: 07/05/18
Brian Rogers joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as instructor of economics.
In addition to owning two businesses, his professional experience includes over 15 years in small business and international franchise development. He has worked both in the United States and internationally, developing best practices for small and medium businesses in developing countries. His research interests include fundamental analysis, balance sheet issues and international financial reporting.
Rogers earned a B.S. and an M.S. in accounting from the University of Kentucky.