Martin Asher, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Business
(805) 565-6781

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On sabbatical until Spring 2022


Unsuccessful settlement negotiations, antitrust policies, state and county incarceration rates, earnings inequalities, and the economic implications of antitrust and discrimination cases.


Dr. Asher, former director of Research and Scholars Programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, taught the honors sections of both microeconomics and macroeconomics at Wharton, earning the William G. Whitney Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching six times. He has also taught at Villanova University and Swarthmore College. He considers teaching at Westmont as a ministry as well as an academic career. He graduated from Stanford University, studied econometrics and macro modeling at the University of Pennsylvania under Nobel Prize-winner Lawrence Klein, and earned both a master’s and doctorate there. Before he began his teaching career, he served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.