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Todd Sandler

Chair Emeritus of Economics and Political Economy


Current Teaching and Research: Professor Sandler applies theoretical and empirical models of economics to the study of international political economy, defense, environmental issues, and public finance. He is particularly interested in the application of game theory (noncooperative and cooperative) and microeconomics to issues in international relations. Since 9/11, he focused on empirical and theoretical analyses of terrorism. He continues to work on public goods, environmental economics, and defense economics.
His monographs on Regional Public Goods (2002, co-authored with Daniel Arce) and The Future of Foreign Assistance (1999, co-authored with Ravi Kanbur) put forward new strategies for giving foreign aid. In Global Collective Action (2004) and Global Challenges (1997), he presents novel uses of game theory to distinguish exigencies that are self-correcting from those that are not. In a series of innovative papers since 1983, he applied theoretic and empirical methods to the study of international terrorism. Some of this work is summarized in The Political Economy of Terrorism (2006, co-authored with Walter Enders), whose second edition was published in 2012.
His current work focuses on the formation of international environmental agreements and regimes. Another facet of his work analyzes alliances, intergovernmental agreements, and the design of supranational structures. His recent research interests also address intergenerational choices and the ability of generations to bargain in a forward and backward fashion. In 2001, he published a major work (intended for a wide audience) on evaluating economic concepts and methods used over the last century in order to predict where economics must go in the future. In addition, he is expanding the theoretical foundations of the study of public goods. He is also working on new papers on transnational terrorism, global public goods, peacekeeping, foreign aid, collective action, and the commons.
Professor Sandler teaches Microeconomic Principles, Game Theory, Intermediate Microeconomics, Graduate Public Economics, and The Political Economy of Terrorism. At UTD, he is active in the CV Honors Program.
Major Publications: Transnational Cooperation: An Issue-Based Approach (Oxford University Press 2015 with Clint Peinhardt), The Political Economy of Terrorism, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge, 2012), Handbook of Defense Economics, Vol. 2 (Elsevier, 2007), Global Collective Action (Cambridge, 2004), Regional Public Goods: Typologies, Provision, Financing, and Development Assistance (Almqvist & Wicksell International, 2002), Economic Concepts for the Social Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2001, translated into Chinese and Russian), The Political Economy of NATO (Cambridge 1999 with Keith Hartley); The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Clubs Goods, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge 1996 with Richard Cornes); The Economics of Defense (Cambridge 1995 with Keith Hartley, translated into Japanese); Handbook of Defense Economics (North-Holland 1995 co-edited with Keith Hartley, translated into Chinese); and Collective Action: Theory and Applications (University of Michigan 1992).
He has published article in journals such as: American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Economics, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers, and elsewhere.
Forthcoming and Current Work: He has forthcoming papers on terrorism, global and regional public goods, and the commons. His work in progress deals with various aspects of terrorism including: evaluating the counterterrorism net gains offered by INTERPOL, analyzing the impact of giving into hostage-taking terrorists, and studying the influence of regime types on terrorism.
Consultancies: UN Development Program, Overseas Development Council, World Bank, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Inter-American Development Bank, International Task Force for Global Public Goods
PhD.: S.U.N.Y. Binghamton
Fields: International Political Economy, International Politics and Security, Public Economics, Environmental Economics, Applied Microeconomic Theory.

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