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Martin A. Asher

Adjunct Professor, Finance

Research Interests: law and economics, antitrust, income distribution, gender and race wage differentials

Links: Personal Website

Contact Information

Address: 3620 Locust Walk, Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall 2439, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-0497
Office Fax: (215) 898-6200



PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1986; MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1979; BA, Stanford University, 1977

Recent Consulting

Expert economic testimony in antitrust cases regarding allegations of price fixing and market allocation, including analysis of class certification issues and construction of damages models. Court-appointed expert in largest U.S. gender discrimination damages case. Contract research and evaluation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2014 William G. Whitney Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in the Associated Faculty, The Wharton School; 2000 Kravis Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Economics, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1995-present (Director, Research and Scholars Programs 2004-present; Director, Joseph Wharton Scholars Program, 2000-present). University of Pennsylvania: 1997-2000 (Associate Director, Institute for Law and Economics). Visiting appointments: Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College. Previous appointment: Villanova University

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  • BEPP399 - Research Seminar in Policy Analysis.

    This research seminar is to provide an opportunity for upper level students -- juniors and seniors -- to pursue scholarly research on topics of interest related to public policy. During the first few weeks, faculty members of the Department will present their research, talk about the importance of the topic, why they chose particular research methods, the implications of their findings for public policy. Each professor will provide a set of readings relevant to their presentation. This will be followed by several weeks of student presentations of their proposed research, with the same emphases -- why they chose this topic, how they plan to carry out the research, the types of data that will be drawn upon, etc. During the entire semester students will meet individually with the Professor to discuss specific issues in formulating their research and in carrying out the research. Research papers will be due one week after the end of classes.

  • FNCE101 - Monetary Economics and the Global Economy

    This is an intermediate-level course in macroeconomics and the global economy, including topics in monetary and international economics. The goal is to provide a unified framework for understanding macroeconomic events and policy, which govern the global economic environment of business. The course analyzes the determinants and behavior of employment, production, demand and profits; inflation, interest rates, asset prices, and wages; exchange rates and international flows of goods and assets; including the interaction of the real economy with monetary policy and the financial system. The analysis is applied to current events, both in the US and abroad. During the spring semester there are honors sections of FNCE 101 offered. The seats in the honors sections are awarded through an application process. Please go to for additional information.