Sanford Ikeda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
School of Natural and Social Sciences

Office: SS 1023
Tel: (914) 251-6614
Fax: (914) 251-6603
Email: sanford.ikeda@purchase.edu

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Sanford Ikeda has since 1980 been deeply involved, as a composer and performer, in the Japanese percussion art form known as “taiko,” and has been a member of two Japanese-American taiko ensembles. He is married to Jennifer Wada (who also drums), has a son, Christopher (who doesn’t drum but cellos), and they all live happily in Brooklyn.


  • B.A., Grove City College, 1980
  • Ph.D., New York University, 1988


  • 1986-87 Visiting Lecturer, U. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 1987-90, Assistant Professor, Cal. State Univ. - Hayward
  • 1990-present, Associate Professor, Purchase College - SUNY

Areas of Interest
Dynamics of interventionism; public policy; economy of cities; antitrust; Japanese drumming

Vice President, Society for the Development of Austrian Economics

Courses Taught
Introductory & intermediate microeconomics; Cities, culture & economy; Business economics; Business, government & society

Research Interests
Dynamics of government intervention; social capital in urban economies

Recent Publications
Dynamics of the Mixed Economy (Routledge: 1997)
"The role of social capital in the market process" (Journal of Economics and Humane Studies: 2002);
"How compatible are public choice and Austrian Political Economy?"(Review of Austrian Economics, 2002).