Biography & Professional Activities







Born in San Diego California, attended school primarily in Texas, and graduated from Mt. Pleasant (TX) High School in 1979.   Completed BA in Economics at Western Kentucky University in 1983.  From 1983-86 pursued Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia and benefited greatly from working at the Center for Study of Public Choice directed by 1986 Nobel Prize winner James Buchanan.  My close work there with leaders in the field such as Robert Tollision, Mark Crain, and Bill Shughart along with course work under Gordon Tullock, Kevin Grier, and others had a huge impact on my development as an economist.  I received my Ph.D. in May 1986 and began as an Assistant Professor at WKU in the fall of 1986 working up to appointment as Distinguished University Professor in 2003. In December of 1987, I married Julia Gary of Bowling Green, and together we have two wonderful daughters: Merritt (1992) and Dana (1996).

Authored six books covering regulation, sports, politics, and management and published over 40 articles in academic journals including the American Economic Review along with a dozen chapters in books edited by other authors. Contributed feature editorials to the Nashville Tennessean, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier Journal, the Memphis Commerical Appeal, the Detroit Free Press, and other outlets. Expertise and quotes have been used by media outlets such as MSNBC, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the Bergen County Record, and others. Completed or contributed to consulting projects ranging from merger analysis to forecasting for firms such as TransFinancial Bank, PepsiCo, the National Basketball Association, the National Cable Association, Western Kentucky University, and others. As Director of Center for Applied Economics at WKU, provided analysis topics of local public interest such as the likelihood of air service in Bowling Green, local and regional gasoline pricing practices, and other topics.  Awarded two National Science Foundation/Kentucky EPsCoR grants and holds membership in the American Economic Association, and American Statistical Association, serves as a board member for an international journal and as a reviewer for several professional journals.

Contact Information
Department of Economics; Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101; E-mail:
Phone: 270-745-3855; Fax:  270-745-3190

Research Links

Managerial Contributions Across Sports (Draft Version of Article in Managerial and Decision Economics)