Spencer Banzhaf is a PERC senior fellow and director of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy at North Carolina State University. He holds both a B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. Spencer’s primary field of study is environmental policy analysis, specializing in issues related to land use and the protection of environmental amenities and recreational opportunities. His research has appeared in such top-tier academic journals as the American Economic Review, History of Political Economy, and Journal of Political Economy.