Peter G. VanderHart, Ph.D.


Peter G. VanderHart, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Phone: (419) 372-8070
Email: pvander@bgsu.edu
Address: 304 Business Administration


Currently, Dr. VanderHart is working on research that investigates the economic viability of wind turbines, along with estimating preferences of the Federal Reserve, and decision making under uncertainty in a dynamic game-theoretic context. His primary area of expertiseis public economics.

He is most proud of being a finalist for the Master Teacher award presented at BGSU and publishing in the prestigious Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. The economics professor says he became a college teacher because he is “pretty good at explaining things.” He recommends that all business students read the book “Paradox of Choice” because of the potential to provide a healthier attitude towards spending and the role of business in people’s lives.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison 1991

M.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988

B.A. Alma College, 1986



Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, August 2003–present

Associate Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, August 1997–August 2003

Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, August 1991–August 1997

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Madison, October–December, 1990



Finalist, Master Teacher Award, 2007


“Why Do Some Schools Group by Ability? Some Evidence from the NAEP,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 65, pp. 475-502, 2006.


“The Bank of Canada’s Reaction Function,” American Review of Canadian Studies, 33, pp. 357-371, 2003.


“Not Enough Capital and Too Much Bureaucracy: An Analysis of the Input Choice Efficiency of Ohio Secondary Schools,” (with Jennifer Ransom) Journal of Economics MVEA, 29, pp. 77-92, 2003.