2017 Senior Fellow Appointments

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PERC is proud to announce that Thomas Stratmann of George Mason University and Chris Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara are joining our cohort of Senior Fellows. In our estimation, they are supremely qualified to uphold and expand upon PERC's research legacy.

Thomas Stratmann

Thomas Stratmann is a Professor of Economics and Law and a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University. He is also a Research Professor at Ifo Institut München. Stratmann’s research focuses on public choice and the political economy, including American Indians and forest management. His work has appeared in many academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Journal of Political Science, and the American Political Science Review.

Stratmann has visited PERC as a Lone Mountain Fellow (2016) and Julian Simon Fellow (2014- 2015). He also authored a chapter in Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations on “Divided Interests: The Increasing Detrimental Fractionation of Indian Land Ownership.” Stratmann’s research interests further PERC’s expertise on the application of market-based solutions to problems of resource management.

Christopher Costello

Christopher Costello is a Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is on the Board of Trustees at the Environmental Defense Fund. He is also a co-founder and Research Director of the Sustainable FisheriesGroup and the 2016 recipient of the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Solutions. Costello’s research concerns natural resource management and property rights under uncertainty on topicsincluding fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and marine policy. He has served on the editorial board of numerous journals and his research is regularly published in top publications including Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Costello has visited PERC as Lone Mountain Fellow (2008, 2010, and 2016) and has participated in workshops relating to fisheries management. He is widely revered as a leader in fisheries management and marine policy, and his expertise will deepen PERC’s work in market-based solutions to marine challenges.

Hannah Downey is the policy and partnerships coordinator and a research fellow at PERC, helping to move projects along from conception to completion. After being introduced to PERC her freshman year of college, she pursued the ideas of free market environmentalism and became a research assistant as a senior. She graduated from Montana State...
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