Peter G. VanderHart, Ph.D.


Peter G. VanderHart, Ph.D.

  • Position: Chair/Professor
  • Phone: (419) 372-8070
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  • Address: 240G Maurer Center

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 expertise is 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, Economics

M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988, Economics

B.A., Alma College, 1986, Economics


Chair, Department of Economics, Bowling Green State University, May 2015-present

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

  • Macroeconomic Models with Heterogenous Agents
  • The Approximate Nash Equilibrium in Heads-Up Tournament Poker
  • Economic Viability of Wind Turbine Projects
  • Construction of an Index of Economic Activity from UCC Records.
  • Earnings Announcements and Stock Price Movements
  • Public economics

"Is Capital Expenditure Contagious? An Analysis of UCC data from Ohio and its Neighbors," Journal of Economics and Politics, 2016.

An Economic Analysis of a Proposed BGSU - Firelands Wind Turbine, Journal of Economics and Politics, 19, pp. 49-63, 2011.

What is the Best Way to Impede a Central Bank? Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 49, pp. 784-797, 2009.

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.

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