Professor of Economics, Middlebury

Paul M. Sommers is Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego (1976). Professor Sommers has written on economic growth, economic demography, public finance issues, and the economics of professional team sports. He is the editor of Welfare Reform in America: Perspectives and Prospects (Kluwer-Nijhoff) and Diamonds Are Forever: The Business of Baseball (The Brookings Institution). He is also the author of the Instructor's Manual for Edwin Mansfield's Microeconomics: Theory and Applications.

For the last 36 years Professor Sommers has taught courses in "Economic Statistics", "Microeconomic Theory", and "The Economics of Sports". He is recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of California at San Diego (1981) and he shared first prize in a national essay contest on welfare reform sponsored by the Institute of Socioeconomic Studies (1985).

He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Altantic Economic Society. He has contributed roughly 175 articles to professional journals, many of which are statistical studies in applied economics. He has done some consulting for law firms in Vermont and Washington, D.C.


  • –present
    Professor of Economics, Middlebury College


  • 1976 
    University of California, San Diego, PhD/Economics