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Gary M. Galles

Professor of Economics
Seaver College



Areas of Expertise

  • Economics
  • Public finance
  • Economics of government
  • Industrial organization

Dr. Gary Galles has taught at Pepperdine for over 30 years. His research focuses on public finance, public choice (better termed “the economics of government”), the theory of the firm, the organization of industry and the role of liberty including the views of many classical liberals (now called libertarians) and America’s founders­. His books include Faulty Premises, Faulty PoliciesApostle of Peace, and Lines of Liberty (forthcoming).

In addition to his books and journal articles, Dr. Galles has been involved in many economics textbook projects and has publish­ed well over a thousand popular articles and opinion pieces in publications like the Los Angeles TimesChicago TribuneIndianapolis StarDetroit News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has also made multiple appearances on television and radio programs. 

Dr. Galles' focus is primarily on using economics tools to understand­ ­­­the “real world,” rather than creating theoretically elegant but misleading models divorced from it. ­

Full Bio


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, University of Washington

Research and Scholarship


Media Appearances