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Gary M. Galles Faculty Profile

Gary M. Galles

Professor of Economics
Social Science Division, Seaver College
APC 237


  • PhD Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
  • MA Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
  • BA Economics, University of Washington, 1975
  • "The Political Spectrum: the Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone" (book review), Independent Review, Spring 2018.
  • "Shifts in Supply and Demand and the Corresponding Changes in Equilibrium Price and Quantity: Explaining the Process", (With Robert L. Sexton), Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Winter 2017.
  • "Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective? (book review), Independent Review, Winter 2016.
  • Lines of Liberty, Liberty.me, 2015
  • "A Note on Monitoring Costs and Voter Fraud" (with Philip E. Graves and Robert L. Sexton), The American Economist, Fall 2014, pp. 1-5.
  • "Productive Complements: Too often Neglected in the Principles Course?" (with Philip E. Graves and Robert L. Sexton), Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Summer 2014.
  • Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies, Liberty.me, 2014.
  • The Apostle of Peace: The Radical Mind of Leonard Read, Laissez-Faire Books, 2013.
  • "Benjamin Constant: Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments," Journal of Libertarian Studies 19 (1), Winter 2005, pp. 97-104.
  • "Monitoring Costs and Tolerance Levels For Classroom Cheating," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 62(4), October 2003, pp. 713-719 (with Phillip Graves and Robert Sexton).
  • "Computing the Extent of Circumvention of Proposition 13: A Response," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 59, January 2000, pp. 133-140 (with Robert Sexton).
  • "Nutritional Standards of California Milk," Testimony to the California Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Agriculture and Water Resources Committee, 12/9/99.
  • "An Alternative Tale of Two Tax Jurisdictions--A Reply," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 58, July 1999, pp. 533-536 (with Robert Sexton).
  • "Rational Ignorance, Deceptive Advertising, and the Size of Government," Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 20, Winter 1995, pp. 423-434 (with Robert Sexton).
  • "Economies of Scale and School District Size," Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 20, Summer 1995, pp. 241-245 (with Robert Sexton).
  • "Restricting Taxation: The Impact of Proposition 13 on California Tax and Expenditure Trends," Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 20, Spring 1995, pp. 81-92 (with James Long and Robert Sexton).
  • Proposition 13 and California Tax and Expenditure Trends, The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, 1994.
  • The Economic Way of Thinking (Editor), Dryden, 1992.
  • "Price Ceilings, Opportunity Costs, and the Demand for Related Goods," Atlantic Economic Review, September 1987.
  • A Revenue Neutral Reform of the California State Tax System, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, 1990.

Selected Recent Popular Articles:

  • "Project Labor Agreements Give Unionized Companies Unfair Advantage" Investor's Business Daily, 4/17/18.
  • "Yet Another Way Labor Unions Abuse the Taxpayers," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 3/15/18.
  • "Free riders don't justify forced riders in Janus v. AFSCME," Orange County Register, 3/21/18.
  • "Trade restrictions only serve to counteract tax cuts and deregulation," The Hill, 2/9/18.
  • "Cars Crush Transit," California Political Review, 2/5/18.
  • "Mexican Automakers Boom Because Of Free Trade With The World," Forbes, 12/8/17.
  • "No, Tax Cuts Are Not Just A Boom For 'The Rich'," Investor's Business Daily, 11/13/17.
  • "Unions Want Freedom of Association-But Only for Themselves," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 11/1/17.
  • "Union Dues and the 'Free Rider' Problem," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 9/29/17.
  • "Rent Control Makes for Good Politics and Bad Economics," California Political Review, 9/3/17.
  • "Single-payer healthcare is far more expensive than advocates claim," The Hill, 6/15/17.
  • "Healthcare: 'Insurance' Now Just Means Redistribution," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 5/30/17.
  • "Rent Control Makes It Harder to Vote with Your Feet," Foundation for Economic Education, 4/29/17.
  • "Short-Sellers Are Public Benefactors," Foundation for Economic Education, 4/29/17.
  • "Why Special Interests Sacrifice the Future for Short-Term Gain," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 4/3/17.
  • "Comparing Obamacare scams," Washington Examiner, 3/24/17.
  • "The Art of the Deal is Different in Politics," Inside Sources, 1/24/17.
  • "Disrespect for precedent can be respect for the constitution," The Hill, 12/30/16.
  • "The Extraordinarily High Burden of Proof for Violating Liberty," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 11/29/16.
  • "The Bureaucracy Is Now More Powerful Than Congress," Ludwig von Mises Institute, 11/25/16.
  • "Preserving Liberty, Not Democracy," Inside Sources, 11/15/16.
  • "Litmus Test for Liberty: Is Exchange Willing or Unwilling?" The Beacon, 5/23/16.
  • "Rethinking a century of zoning," Inside Sources and Newsday, 4/28/16


  • Economic Education
  • Industrial Organization
  • Methodology
  • Public Finance/Public Choice
  • Urban Economics


  • Economic Principles
  • Principles of Microeconomics
    Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Public Policy Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Industrial Organization
  • Urban and Regional Economics