JASON JOHNstON, 2018
The Climate Change Paradox: The Triumph of Precaution and the Case for Efficiency in American Climate Policy
Jason Johnston joined the Virginia Law faculty in 2010 and serves as the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law. He formerly served as the the Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor in Business Law and Regulation at Virginia Law, and the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law and director of the Program on Law, Environment and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Dominic Parker, 2018
Self-Regulation in the Non-Profit Sector: The Case of Land Trusts
Dominic Parker is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research spans topics in natural resource and development economics and includes studies of conflict minerals, oil booms and busts, private land conservation, fishery regulation, and Native American economies. Specifically, Parker’s research focuses on the role that property rights, governance, and institutions play in affecting the extent to which societies and individuals benefit from their natural resource endowments in diverse settings, ranging from African minerals for mobile phones, to wild salmon in Alaska, to shale oil for hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota. Parker’s articles have appeared in economics and law journals and have been featured in various popular press outlets, including BBC News, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal.
V. Kerry Smith, 2018 AND 2017
Exploring the Incidence of Federal Flood Insurance Subsidies
Kerry Smith is a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist and Regents’ Professor of Economics in the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He directs the Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy in the L. William Seidman Research Institute, which serves as a link between the local, national and international business communities and the W.P. Carey School of Business. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. He is also a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and of the American Agricultural Economics Association. His research interests include environmental and energy economics. Professor Smith earned both his Ph.D. and his A.B. in Economics from Rutgers University.
Ryan Kellogg, 2017
Information Asymmetry, Drilling Distortion, and Oil and Gas Leases
Ryan Kellogg is a Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Professor Kellogg earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked for BP in Houston, TX, and Anchorage, AK, for four years as an engineer and economic analyst. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University in 1999. His research bridges industrial organization, energy economics, and environmental policy, focusing on the economics of resource extraction and on the transportation sector.
Maximilian Auffhammer, 2017 and 2016
Water, Electricity, and Natural Gas Trends in California: Empirically Estimating the Missing Nexus
Maximilian Auffhammer is the George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development and Associate Dean in the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. Professor Auffhammer received his B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996, a M.S. in environmental and resource economics at the same institution in 1998 and a Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego in 2003. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2003. His research focuses on environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics.
Matthew E. Kahn, 2017 and 2016
Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience to Shocks
Matthew E. Kahn is Professor of Economics and Spatial Statistics at the University of Southern California. After earning his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, he began teaching at various universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Tufts and UCLA. Kahn has authored numerous books including: Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment and (with Dora Costa), Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War, and Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World, and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (with Siqi Zheng). His research focuses on environmental and urban economics.
Bart J. Wilson, 2017 and 2016
The Meaning of Property
Bart J. Wilson holds the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute. An experimental economist, his recent research tests certain of Adam Smith’s theories of human nature, as found in his Theory of Moral Sentiments. Wilson’s research also uses laboratory experiments to explore the formation of markets and property rights systems, and his research has been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona.
Christoper D. Timmins, 2016
Property Rights and the Extraction of Shale Gas
Christopher D. Timmins is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University, with a secondary appointment in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He holds a BSFS degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Professor Timmins specializes in natural resource and environmental economics, but he also has interests in industrial organization, development, public and regional economics. Timmins works on developing new methods for non-market valuation of local public goods and amenities, with a particular focus on hedonic techniques and models of residential sorting. His recent research has focused on measuring the costs associated with exposure to poor air quality, the benefits associated with remediating brownfields and toxic waste under the Superfund program, the valuation of non-marginal changes in disamenities, the causes and consequences of “environmental injustice” and the social costs of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas.
Sheila Olmstead, 2016 and 2015
Fracking and Agriculture: The Importance of Property Rights
Sheila Olmstead is an Associate Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC. Before joining the University of Texas in 2013, Olmstead was a Senior Fellow (2013) and Fellow (2010-2013) at RFF, as well as Associate Professor (2007-2010) and Assistant Professor (2002-2007) of Environmental Economics at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she was the recipient of three teaching awards. Olmstead is an environmental economist whose current research projects examine the environmental externalities associated with shale gas development in the United States, regulatory avoidance under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, the influence of federal fire suppression policy on land development in the American West, and free-riding in dam placement and water withdrawals in international river basins. She has worked extensively on the economics of water resource management, focusing on water demand estimation and water conservation policy. Climate and energy policy are additional topics of her research, especially with regard to the application of market-based environmental policy instruments.
Olmstead’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Urban Economics, and Water Resources Research. With Nathaniel Keohane, she is the author of the 2007 book Markets and the Environment. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior, World Bank, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Olmstead is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2012-2014), and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium. She holds a PhD from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002), a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin (1996), and a BA from the University of Virginia (1992).
Robert Hahn, 2015
Does the Social Cost of Carbon Matter? Evidence from US Policy
Robert Hahn is professor and director of economics at the Smith School at the University of Oxford; a senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and an associate member at Nuffield, Oxford; a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; and a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. From 1999 to 2008, Professor Hahn served as the director of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center, a leader in policy research in law and economics, regulation, and antitrust. Previously, he worked for the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he helped design the innovative market-based cap-and-trade system for limiting smokestack sulfur emissions. He also has served on the faculties of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Dean Lueck, 2015
The Economic Organization of Environmental Agencies
Dr. Lueck’s current research projects include studies of the role of custom in agricultural land contracts, the economic function and effects of property law, the demarcation of land, and the economics of wildlife management. He is the recipient of many research grants, including the National Science Foundation. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many colleges and universities, including John M. Olin faculty fellow in law and economics at Yale Law School; visiting professor of economics at Universitat Pampeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law; distinguished visiting professor in law and economics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and visiting fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy. He is the author (with Douglas W. Allen) of The Nature of the Farm (MIT Press 2003) and co-editor of Wildfire Policy (RFF Press 2011).
Thomas Stratmann, 2015 and 2014
Fractionation of Land in Indian Country: Consequences for Wealth and Development
Thomas Stratmann is University Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University. He is a faculty member at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University, a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES) at George Mason University, and a fellow of the Mercatus Center.
Stratmann works in the area of applied microeconomics and has published his work in leading journals in the fields of Law and Economics, Health Economics, Political Economy, Public Choice, and Finance. Besides publishing in the leading economics journal the American Economic Journal and the Journal of Political Economy, Stratmann also publishes in the leading political science journal, American Political Science Review, and the top law journal, Stanford Law Review.
Professor Stratmann focuses on how laws change incentives that citizens face, and how this leads to changes in behavior. Some of his research concentrates on the intended and unintended effects of laws, regulation in many sectors in the economy, including in the health care sector. Some of Stratmann’s other work examines the effectiveness of law enforcement and the impartiality of law enforcement. He also examines the impact of securities regulation on the functioning of financial markets. His work on political economy has twice received the Duncal Black Award from the Public Choice Society. Stratmann’s work emphasizes the role of free markets for the potentially detrimental role that regulations play, when they restrict mutually advantages free exchanges. Here, he also analyzes the role of interest groups that might lobby for or against specific regulations.
His research has been cited in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe, and the New York Times.
Mark Kanazawa, 2014
From Katz to Pasadena: The Evolution of California Groundwater Law, 1903–1949
Mark Kanazawa is Professor of Economics, and former chair of the economics department and director of environmental studies, at Carleton College. He has been a Wantrup Fellow at UC-Berkeley, and a Jacobs Fellow at the Huntington Library; and he has held visiting positions at Stanford University and the University of Illinois. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and the Economic History Association. His published research on water law and policy, public lands policy, and the California Gold Rush, has appeared in the Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Economic History, and Explorations in Economic History. His forthcoming book Golden Rules: Water Rights in the California Gold Rush will be published early next year by the University of Chicago Press. While visiting PERC, he worked on an economic history of groundwater law in California.
Werner Troesken, 2014 and 2013
Individual Liberty and Public Health
Werner Troesken is a Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution; a John M. Olin Faculty Fellow; and held visiting positions at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Earhart Foundation. He has published three books and more than thirty scholarly articles. His book Water, Race, and Disease, published with MIT Press in 2004, received the Alice Hanson Jones Prize, which is awarded every two years by the Economic History Association for the best book in American economic history. While visiting PERC, he completed his fourth book, The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection, which is under contract with University of Chicago Press.
Rognavldur Hannesson, 2013
Environmentalism: A Critique
Icelandic by birth, Professor Hannesson is one of the world’s leading experts in the economics of both fisheries and energy production and utilization. He has contributed to global discussion of preserving natural fish stocks, and is a recognized authority on attempts in Norway to manage the endangered cod fishery and to control the growth of Norway’s salmon aquaculture industry. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Iceland and Germany. He is the author of several scholarly books including: The Privatization of the Oceans, Investing for Sustainability, and Fisheries Mismanagement: The Case of the Atlantic Cod.
William Henning, 2013 and 2012
Secured Transactions with Indian Tribes
William Henning is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association, and the State Department’s Advisory Council on Private International Law. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Working Group VI, which is preparing guidelines for a public registry system for countries adopting laws governing security interests in movable assets.
David Schmidtz, 2013 and 2012
David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics, founding director of Arizona’s Freedom Center, and editor of Social Philosophy and Policy. He also has a courtesy appointment at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship in the Eller College of Management. He works mainly in ethics, environmental philosophy, rational choice, and political philosophy.
Bruce Pardy, 2011
Markets, Ecosystems, Legal Instrumentalism, and the Natural Law of Systems
Bruce Pardy is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He has written extensively on matters of environmental law and governance, including ecosystem management, environmental assessment, civil and regulatory liability, climate change and water law. He has taught at law schools around the common law world, including Canada, the United States and New Zealand. Professor Pardy practiced litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, and sits on the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal as an adjudicator and mediator.
Matthew Turner, 2012 and 2011
Human Adaptation to Climate Change
Matthew Turner is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on the economics of land use and transportation and he is broadly interested in understanding the economics of environmental regulation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, a Ph. D. in economics from Brown University, has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Hoover Institution, and is an associate editor at the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Economic Geography and Regional Science and Urban Economics. His research appears in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and is regularly featured in the popular press.
David Haddock, 2010
CAFE: The Corporate Average Fuel Economy Mandate
David Haddock has been Professor of Law and Economics at Northwestern University since 1989, and a Senior Fellow of PERC since 1997. Beginning with his Oklahoma childhood, Haddock has maintained an interest in the economics, law, history, and geography of American Indians, and has held sole responsibility for teaching American Indian law at the Northwestern Law School since his arrival. Haddock teaches law and economics in both the economics department and the law school, with special emphasis the application of property rights economics to legal questions. In addition, Haddock has published articles that apply economic tools to the study of several legal areas in addition to Indian law, such as antitrust, torts, corporations, and family law.In addition to Northwestern, Haddock has held faculty positions in economics departments at UCLA, Emory, and Ohio State, at the Emory Law School, and as a Peace Corpsman in Ethiopia. He has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Cornell University. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago in industrial organization economics and economic history.
Ronald Bailey, 2010
Ten Surprising Truths about the World
Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com, where he writes a weekly science and technology column. Bailey is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus, 2005), and his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. In 2006, Bailey was shortlisted by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the “most significant contributions” to biotechnology in the last 10 years. Bailey is the editor of several books, including Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (Prima Publishing 2002) and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News and PBS’ Newshour. He has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Morehouse University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and others. He has testified before a congressional committee on “The Impact of Science on Public Policy” and his articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications.
David Zetland, 2010
The End of Abundance: A Primer on Water Economics
David Zetland is the S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California-Berkeley. He had begun his Ph.D. in development and ended in environmental and natural resources. Throughout, he studied market and government failure using institutional and experimental methods. Since he finished his Ph.D., he has spent most of his time communicating economics to the public by blogging at aguanomics.com, giving public talks, and meeting with policy makers. He acts as a consultant to California American Water and Scott River Water Trust. David holds a Ph.D. (2008) and M.S. (2003) in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California- Davis.
Jonathan Klick, 2009
Governance and Environmental Policy
Jonathan Klick is Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School where he is an expert in empirical law and economics. His work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools. Specific topics addressed by Klick’s work include the relationship between abortion access and risky sex, the health behaviors of diabetics, the effect of police on crime, addiction as rational choice, how liability exposure affects the labor market for physicians, as well as a host of other issues. His scholarship has been published in numerous peer-reviewed economics journals, including The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Journal of Law & Economics, The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and The Journal of Legal Studies. Klick is a senior economist with the RAND Corporation and has a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. from George Mason University.
Martin Doyle, 2009
The Proper Scale for Environmental Markets
Martin Doyle is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is an environmental geographer with training in hydrology and engineering, specializing in rivers. His research is at the interface of science, economics and policy of environmental management and restoration, particuarly focusing on the use of market mechanisms for environmental management and restoration. Doyle has developed long-term research programs in which he and his students work alongside entrepreneurial mitigation bankers in order to more fully understand the realities and financial motivations for private investment in environmental markets. Doyle holds a Ph.D. in Earth Science from Purdue University, and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Ole Miss. He has won several awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named the first Frederick J. Clarke Scholar by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Pierre Desrochers, 2009
Environmental Responsibility of Business and Profits
Pierre Desrochers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Toronto-Mississauga. His main research interests are economic development, environmental and urban policy, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade, business-environment and business-university interactions. He has published papers in both academic journals and articles in the popular press. Desrochers spent two years at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Research Director from September 2001 to July 2003.
Robert Deacon, 2008
Extending the Property Rights Approach to Marine Resource Management
Robert Deacon is a Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara as well as Affiliated Faculty for the university’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and the Environmental Studies Program. He has written three books and published dozens of articles in professional journals. His lectures have taken him to universities and conferences around the globe. He has often spoken on protecting marine environments and improving efficiency by assigning harvest rights and on the provsion of public goods in a democracy. His research focus is natural resource economics, environmental economics, and political economy. Most recently, Deacon has focused on the use of property rights systems to manage fisheries and marine habitat protection. Other interests include examination of the effects that different political systems have on the use of natural resources, environmental quality and the provision of public goods.
Jeffrey William Bennett, 2007
Australian Water Policy and Lessons for the United States
Jeffrey Bennet is Professor of Economics at Australia National University’s Crawford School of Economics and Government. He is also the director of the Environmental Economics Research Hub, which brings together leading environmental economists, scientists, educators and policy makers to face the challenges of sustainable water use, soil loss and salinity, biodiversity loss and adaptation to climate change. The Hub’s approach encompasses the establishment of markets to achieve environmental goals and environmental valuation. Bennett is leading several major studies of land use change in China, on-farm vegetation management in New South Wales, and private sector conservation enterprises in Australia. Professor Bennett has 30 years experience researching, consulting and teaching in the fields of Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics and Applied Micro-Economics and is a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
H. Spencer Banzhaf, 2007
Environmental Justice Policies, Urban sprawl, and Land Taxes
H. Spencer Banzhaf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously he was a fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington D.C. and taught undergraduates at Georgetown, Duke, and North Carolina State universities. Banzhaf is a graduate of Duke University with three degrees, a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics awarded in 2001. His primary field of study is environmental policy analysis, especially related to topics of air pollution and energy and local land uses. One common theme in my work is the interactions among local environmental amenities, local real estate markets, and the demographic composition of cities. For example, he has studied the way these social mechanisms interact to drive the correlations between pollution and poor households, as described by the “Environmental Justice” movement.
Robert Glennon, 2006
Water Markets as a Solution to Water Scarcity
Robert Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law and a member of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona. He has a J.D. from Boston college Law School and a Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University. During his career he has taught courses in American Legal History as it relates to the Civil Rights Movement and the Colorado RiverHe has also taught Constitutional Law and Water Law. Glennon is actively involved in water resources and policy issues including Colorado River water rights and the legal relationship between surface and groundwater. He has taught constitutional law, American legal history, and water law. His recent water law writings involved interdisciplinary collaboration with hydrologists and economists. He has written journal aricles on water scarcity, groundwater pumping, water markets, and privatization. His book Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters was published in 2002, followed by another book on water, Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It in 2009. Most recently he was a member of a consulting team to draft water law for Saudi Arabia.
Henry N. Butler, 2006
A Defense of Common Law Environmentalism: The Discovery of Better Environmental Policy
Henry Butler is the Executive Director of the Searle Center for Law, Regulation and Growth at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Previously he taught at Texas A&M University, George Mason School of Law, University of Kansas where he was the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Distinguished Professor of Law and Economics. While at Chapman University, he served as Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Chairman of the Chapman University Law and Organizational Economics Center. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech (M.A., 1979; Ph.D. 1982), where he was a student of Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, and a law degree from the University of Miami (J.D., 1982), where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Throughout his career he has been active in the development of Law & Economics as an academic discipline throughout his professional career and has also dedicated time to improving our nation’s civil justice system through judicial education programs. Butler is an expert on the economic analysis of law, and he has published numerous articles and several books on a variety of topics. His articles have appeared in leading economics journals and law reviews.
Ross B. Emmett, 2005
Malthus Reconsidered: Population, Natural Resources and Markets
Ross Emmett is associate professor of political theory and constitutional democracy at James Madison College, Michigan State University. He conducts research on classical economic thought and the history of economics at the University of Chicago between the 1920’s and the 1980’s. He has edited the three-volume Great Bubbles: Reactions to the South Sea Bubble, the Mississippi Scheme and the Tulip Mania Affair (Pickering & Chatto, 2000); a two-volume collection of The Selected Essays of Frank H. Knight (University of Chicago, 1999); and the eight- volume collection The Chicago Tradition in Economics, 1892-1945 (Routhledge, 2001). He is an editor of the research annual Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology.
F. Andrew Hanssen, 2005
“Race to the Bottom” Among States, with Specific Emphasis on Environmental Policy
F. Andrew Hanssen is associate professor of economics at Clemson University in South Carolina. Andy’s research focuses on institutions, law and economics, industrial organization, and political economy. He served on the faculty at Montana State University from 1995-2009, and Colby College in 2009-2010. He was a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in 2001, and received the Julian Simon Fellowship from the Property and Environement Research Center in 2005. His papers have been published in the American Economic Review; the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; and the Journal of Legal Studies. He currently serves on the editorial board of Social Science Quarterly.
Robert K. Fleck, 2005
“Race to the Bottom” Among States, with Specific Emphasis on Environmental Policy.
Robert K. Fleck is professor of economics at Montana State University. Fleck’s research combines theoretical and statistical analysis, and his major fields of interest include political economy, public finance, economic history, and development economics. Much of his work focuses on the central issue of why so many countries fail to adopt successful political and economic reforms. His research has provided new insights into a wide range of topics, including the origins of democracy in ancient Greece, the performance of electoral systems, the rise of women’s rights, the downfall of communism, and the operations of the World Bank. Fleck has won awards for both research and teaching. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Jonathan H. Adler, 2004
Wetland Federalism and the “Race to the Bottom”
Jonathan H. Adler is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental and constitutional law. Professor Adler’s research focused on the intersection of environmental and constitutional law and examines alternatives to federal environmental regulation. In 2004, he received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually to an academic under the age of 40 for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching, from the Federalist Society of Law and Public Policy. Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Professor Adler worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed CEI’s environmental studies program. He is currently a contributing editor to National Review Online, and serves on the Board of Directors for the America’s Future Foundation and the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review.
Bruce Benson, 2004
Unnatural Bounty: Environmental Groups
Bruce Benson is DeVoe Moore and Distinguished Research Professor, Chair of the Department of Economics, and a Courtesy Professor of Law at Florida State University. Benson is internationally recognized as one of the foremost figures in the areas of public choice and law and economics. His books include The Enterprise of Law (1990), co-author of The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War (1994), and To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice (1998). A member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Regional Science. The recipient of the Ludwig von Mises Prize, and the Adam Smith Award, he is the author of nearly one hundred articles and reviews in scholarly journals and a contributor to twelve books. Professor Benson received his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at Pennsylvania State University and Montana State University.
Walter Thurman, 2003
The Effects of Government Land Conservation Programs
Walter Thurman is Professor of Agricultural and Resource economics at North Carolina State University. He conducts research in the economics and political economy of agricultural and natural resource policy and has published widely on this topic. His published work includes empirical studies of quota schemes in the United States for peanuts and tobacco, analysis of the effects of the Clean Water and Clear Air Acts, and compensation schemes in the poultry industry. He currently is studying land trusts and the rise of markets for crop pollination services. Thurman was the first recipient of the American Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award in 1996 and the first recipient of the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award in 1994-1995. He acts as a consultant for the Research Triangle Institute’s Center for Economics Research and the Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuary Society. Thurman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Gary D. Libecap, 2003
Rescuing Water Markets: Lessons from Owens Valley
Gary D. Libecap is the Anheuser Busch Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Economics, and Law and director of the Karl Eller Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Libecap has published extensively on property rights and regulation as they relate to natural resources, the environment, and agriculture. He has been coeditor of the Journal of Economic History and member of the Economics Panel of the National Science Foundation.
B. Delworth Gardner, 2002
Globalization, Free Trade, and Environmental Quality
B. Delworth Gardner is emeritus professor of economics at Brigham Young University and professor emeritus of agricultural economics at University of California, Davis. A highly respected agricultural economist, Gardner is known for his path-breaking analyses of the impact of government policy on issues such as water allocation, livestock grazing, and oil shale development. He has taught at numerous universities and served as president of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He has been a consultant to many organizations, including the Agency for International Development; the Ford Foundation, India; the California Department of Water Resources, and others.
R. David Simpson, 2002
Conserving Biodiversity through Markets: A Better Approach
R. David Simpson works for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. where his research focuses on the economics of biological diversity, including the valuation of diversity for its use in new product research and development, and alternative conservation strategies, including market-based incentives. He also has investigated the relationship between industrial and environmental policy and issues related to land use, sustainable development, and technological innovation. Simpson has edited two books and written many journal articles and book chapters on the economics of biodiversity, conservation policy, environmental regulation, and industrial competition. Simpson frequently consults on biodiversity and conservation policy for foreign governments and international aid institutions. Before joining the EPA, Simpson was a senior fellow in Resources for the Future’s Energy and Natural Resources division. He received his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert McCormick, 2001
The Relationship Between Net Carbon Emissions and Income: Are Rich People Cool?
Robert McCormick is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Clemson University. He was honored as the BB&T Scholar at Clemson University starting in the Fall of 2000 and was chosen as the MBA Professor of the Year for 2001. McCormick has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission. He regularly consults and advises companies on financial matters and provides expert courtroom testimony. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the S.C. legislature on telecommunications and electricity deregulation and the future of these markets and has served as a consultant to the Treasury of New Zealand and the Canadian government. McCormick has been an associate editor of the academic journals, Journal of Corporate Finance and the Southern Economic Journal. He has published in a broad range of academic books and journals on public policy, managerial and financial economics, telecommunications and electricity markets, sports and economics, antitrust and industrial organization. McCormick received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from Clemson and received his Ph.D. degree in economics from Texas A&M University.
Seth W. Norton, 2001
Population Growth, Economic Freedom, and the Rule of Law
Seth W. Norton is Aldeen Professor of Business at Wheaton College. He holds a B.A. in history from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. in finance and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Norton has published in a variety of areas — development economics, industrial organization, finance, marketing, and strategic management. Publications include works in the Cato Journal, Contemporary Political Economy, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Business, Journal of Law & Economics, and Strategic Management Journal. As a Julian Simon Fellow at PERC in 2001, Norton studied the links between economic institutions and human well- being across countries.
Roger A. Sedjo, 2000
The National Forests: For Whom and For What?
Roger A Sedjo is a Senior Fellow and Director of Forest Economics and Policy Program (FEPP) at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C., where he has been responsible for the direction, administration, coordination, and fundraising for the FEPP. The program is responsible for public policy research in forestry and related areas, leading to publication of books, articles and reports. Sedjo received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington and began his career as assistant professor of economics at Utah State University. Later, he was a technical advisor to the Economic Planning Board of the Republic of Korea for the construction of the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan. He then joined the Department of State’s Asia Bureau, Agency for International Development as program economist. Before joining RFF, Sedjo was tenured associate professor of economics at Utah State University, specializing in international development and resource economics. He is editor of a number of books on forestry including a A Vision of the Forest (RFF, May 2000) and Global Forests: Issues for Six Billion People (McGraw-Hill, 1991), among other books. He has published chapters in books and articles in professional journals such as Journal of Forestry, American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Indur Goklany, 2000
Economic Growth and the State of Humanity
Indur Goklany works for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and has over twenty-five years of experience addressing science and policy aspects of environmental and natural resource policy issues. At the EPA, he helped develop air pollution control strategies and regulations. Subsequently for the National Commission on Air Quality, he analyzed national impacts of pollution and its control. In Washington, he helped develop the EPA’s first ever new source bubble (emission trade,) for which he was awarded an EPA bronze medal. At the Department of the Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis, he has served on various national and international panels and groups dealing with global climate change and acid rain. He has published extensively in scholarly journals on air pollution, climate change, biodiversity, global food security, and the role of technology, economic growth, and trade in creating, as well as solving environmental problems. His book, Clearing the Air: The Real Story of the War on Air Pollution, documents the history and origins of air pollution control in the U.S. While serving as a Julian Simon Fellow at PERC, Goklany was on leave from the U.S. Department of the Interior and his work was conducted as an independent scholar.