Gary McDonnell

Associate Professor (Retired/Adjunct)

Dr. McDonnell’s research Interests are in regulatory economics and how ideas influence political, social and economic change. His primary teaching interests are principles of economics, environmental economics, and regulatory/antitrust economics. In his spare time, he enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, traveling, playing with his cat, Stella, and a glass of wine or two.


Ph.D. Economics, Oklahoma State University, 1999

Dissertation title: Deregulation: Economics or Ideology

Concentrations: Industrial organization, public finance

M.A. Economics, Western Michigan University, 1992

B.S. Social Studies/Economics, Northern Michigan University, 1988

Selected publications/presentations:

What Caused Airline Deregulation: Economics or Economists?” The Independent Review, Vol. 19, No.3.

“The Growth of Government Expenditure: The Case of the USA,” The Social Science Journal (with Wei-Chiao Huang), Vol. 34, No. 3.

“The Climate of Ideas and the Incentive for Change,” Association of Private Enterprise Education Annual Meeting, April 2015.

“Regulatory Disequilibrium and Deregulation: Further Evidence,” Association of Private Enterprise  Education Annual Meeting, April 2014.

“What Caused Airline Deregulation: Economists or Economics?” Association of Private Enterprise Education Annual Meeting, April 2013.

“A Note in Defense of an Economic Theory of Deregulation,” Missouri Valley Economics Association Annual Meeting, October 2012.

“The Logical Limitations of Homo-Economicus: A Pedagogical Imperative,” Missouri Valley Economic Association Annual Meeting,  February 2004.

“What Caused Deregulation: Economists or Economics?” Missouri Valley Economics Association Annual Meeting, February 2003

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