Philip Ganderton

Welcome to my website.  Following the demise of, which I had hosted for over 10 years, I launched this website in 2013. It has a new host, a new look, and a new domain name (
Here you’ll find an academic section with details on my classes, and my research. Currently I am Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, but I still teach courses for the Economics Department. There’s also a section about the consulting and expert witness services I offer.
I post frequently to a blog called Ramblings.  Then there are my personal pages, that let me share a little of myself.  You can read about my obsession with my car, bicycles, photography, woodwork and a few other things.  My photography site has been around the web the longest, and doesn’t get the attention it deserves, I’m afraid.
I hope you find something of interest here. If you do, please comment via the Facebook and Twitter sharing links–or not. Thanks for visiting, and cheers!
Philip Ganderton
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Recent Posts

(Another reason) to appreciate economics

Autoblog, my source for all news about cars, ran an article this morning titled “Poor people more likely to die in car accidents”. (Read it here.) This is bad news since the number of deaths on our roads has fallen per mile driven as more and more people drive in more and more cars. (Your daily commute might be the best evidence of the more and more part of this story.)

As an economist my first reaction to the headline was “why?”. After reading the article and thinking about it like an economist it’s actually pretty obvious. To the extent the following things are more likely, more poor people will die in car accidents:
1. Poor people drive older cars that are less safe and less well maintained.
2. Older cars have less safety devices.
3. Poor people live in regions and neighborhoods with fewer emergency services and medical facilities.

It’s not that poor, less educated people drive badly, nor engage in more risky driving behavior, or share the road with worse drivers (we all do that,) it’s primarily that poor people are less likely to have good outcomes once they get in a car accident. Of course, this might not be the biggest problem facing the poor in America.

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