John W. Sell

John W. Sell

James R. Wilson Professor of Business Economics

Department/Affiliation: Economics & Business Economics
Phone: 330-263-2383
Office Address: 211 Morgan


  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University (Business Economics)
  • M.A., UCLA (Economics)
  • Ph.D., UCLA (Economics & Finance)

Courses Taught

  • Law and Economics
  • Portfolio Theory and Analysis
  • Money & Capital Markets
  • Strategic Management
  • Industrial Organization


Several publications in the area of financial market microstructure; also interested in international business culture


Professor Sell served as the Treasurer of Goodwill Industries and on the Advisory Board of Abbot Capital Management. He also served for two years as the Interim Vice President for Finance & Business at the College and remains the College's Investment Officer.

He has published work on financial market theory and practice. His current research focuses on information transmission in smaller markets and how the merger of such markets affects transmission. Having spent time a significant amount of time studying in Germany, Sell is especially interested in international business culture and has recently published a paper comparing the behavior of firms based in Germany and in the US.

As a consultant, Sell has provided advice to such companies as Gerstenslager Co., LTB Industries, and PPG Industries, Inc. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Western Economic Association. 

Sell also directs Wooster’s business internship program programs and is the faculty advisor to the Jenny Student Investment Club.