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 (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 is in need of significant updating, 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
(You can click on most photos to see a larger image)

Recent Posts

Is your PhD better than mine?

I have often said, when hiring a new faculty member, that I prefer the best student from a small program to the worst student from the best program. But many universities hire the student from Harvard, or MIT, because of something called statistical discrimination. Any graduate from a top program might have a higher probability of succeeding in an academic career than any graduate from a lesser program. Hence choosing the Harvard PhD is a better “bet” than choosing one from Washington State University, for example.

The research published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives discussed in this article from The Economist supports my idea, albeit based on a very restrictive measure of productivity (the number of published quality-adjusted research papers). While the best students from the best programs clearly publish a lot of high quality research, the publication rate for the lowest 50% of graduates from all schools is the same. And the publication rate of the best students from lesser ranked programs is higher than the publication rate of the worst students from the higher ranked programs.

So there…

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