Perry Ferrell is pursuing his PhD in economics at West Virginia University writing under Dr. Josh Hall. He left the family Christmas tree farm to study economics and mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College which instilled an interest in political economy. He decided to attend graduate school after sharing a long distance cab in Jordan with a British environmental economist. His fields of study at WVU are public and urban/regional economics where has become interested in studying property rights institutions. He is currently in his 4th year, working to complete his dissertation. His publications have appeared in Public Choice and The Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. In his free time, Perry races ultra-distance gravel road cycling events and is an avid backcountry skier when the snow allows.