Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Chair in Economics at the University of Virginia. He was the first recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University, a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as awards in education from the Kenan and Templeton foundations. In 1992, he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor the University of Virginia accords its faculty.


Each fall, Mr. Elzinga’s introductory economics course attracts over one thousand students and is the largest class offered at the University of Virginia. His Antitrust Policy seminar, which is taught using the Socratic method, often has a waiting list of two years.


Mr. Elzinga’s major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market definition.  He has testified in several precedent-setting antitrust cases, and was the economic expert for the prevailing parties in three Supreme Court cases: Matsushita, Brooke Group, and Leegin.  The author of more than one hundred academic publications, he also is known for four mystery novels (under the pen name Marshall Jevons) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime.  The latest is The Mystery of the Invisible Hand.  The novels have been used in classrooms across the country to illustrate introductory economic principles, and have been translated into seven languages.  A former Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago and a Thomas Jefferson Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Mr. Elzinga also is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and served as a judge for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.


Mr. Elzinga has a B.A. and honorary doctorate from Kalamazoo College, a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and is an Honorary Faculty member of Dongbei University.  He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia since 1967.


Kenneth G. Elzinga Curriculum Vitae


Academic Positions

  • Present2002

    Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics

    University of Virginia

  • Present1974

    Professor of Economics

    University of Virginia

  • 19741971

    Associate Professor of Economics

    University of Virginia

  • 19711967

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    University of Virginia

Education & Training

  • B.A 1963

    Bachelor of Economics

    Kalamazoo College

  • M.A 1966

    Master of Economics

    Michigan State University

  • Ph.D 1967

    Ph.D in Economics

    Michigan State University

  • L.H.D 2000


    Kalamazoo College

Recent Awards

  • 2014
    Mystery Writers of America, Judge to select the Edgar Award Winner, Best Mystery Novel
  • 2014
    Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award, University of Virginia
  • 2014
    Honorary Professor, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
  • 2013
    The Society of Purple Shadows; The Gordon F. Rainey Jr. Award, University of Virginia
  • 2009
    Society of Economic Educators
  • 2009
    Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize, University of Virginia
  • 2001
    Patrick Henry Award, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1999
    Distinguished Alumni Award, Michigan State University