2012 Speakers

    • Aaron Smith

      Aaron Smith Associate ProfessorUniversity of California, Davis

      Aaron Smith is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, where he has been since 2001. Originally from New Zealand, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.  His research addresses trading in commodity and financial derivatives markets. Recent project topics include identifying informed traders in commodity futures markets, understanding commodity booms and busts, and explaining recent failures of grain futures markets to accurately price the underlying commodity.       ...

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    • Avery Cohn

      Avery Cohn Independent Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute, and Assistant Professor, Tufts UniversityEnergy Biosciences Institute and Tufts University

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    • exhibitor - Aziz Bouzaher

      Aziz Bouzaher World Bank

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    • Bruce Dale

      Bruce Dale ProfessorMichigan State University

      Professor Dale is Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. He also serves as Editor in Chief of the Wiley journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining.  In 1996 he won the Charles D. Scott Award for contributions to the use of biotechnology to produce fuels, chemical and other industrial products from renewable plant resources.   In 2007 he won the Sterling Hendricks award for contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. In 2008 he was named Distinguished University Faculty at Michigan State.  ...

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    • C.-Y. Cynthia Lin

      C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Associate ProfessorUniversity of California, Davis

      Cynthia Lin is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and the Environmental Science and Policy Department at the University of California at Davis. Professor Lin is also the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics Bay Area Chapter and one of the eight economists selected to serve on the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. Her fields of interest are environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, industrial organization, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics. Professo...

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    • Carl Pray

      Carl Pray ProfessorRutgers University

      Dr. Pray is a Professor II in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; an Adjunct Professor and Advisor of the Ph.D. Program of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Science; and the President of the International Consortium for Applied Bioeconomy Research. His PhD is in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania.  He worked as an agricultural extension agent in the Peace Corps in Rajasthan, India. The focus of his research is agricultural science and technology policy in China, South Asia,...

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    • Caroline Taylor

      Caroline Taylor AnalystUniversity of Bath, University of California at Berkeley

      Caroline Taylor is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow associated with the Sustainable Energy Research Team at University of Bath and a Visiting fellow at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) at University of California Berkeley. She has written and spoken extensively on a range of topics including sustainability, innovation, uncertainty, and global biofuels development and impact assessment. Formerly a Senior Fellow with EBI's Bioenergy Analysis Team, Caroline has engaged with a range of stakeholders spanning science and policy, and participated in international ...

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    • Christine Lasco Crago

      Christine Lasco Crago Postdoctoral Research AssociateEnergy Biosciences Institute

      Christine Lasco Crago is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Energy Biosciences Institute, specializing in renewable energy economics. Motivated by the need to discover sustainable energy sources for the developed and developing world, her research examines the economic and environmental impacts of biomass energy in the US, Brazil and India. Christine has also engaged in research related to international development and environmental issues in developing countries. Christine graduated with a BS Economics degree from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños. She was a senior software ...

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    • Colin Carter

      Colin Carter Professor; Director, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural EconomicsUniversity of California, Davis

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    • David Laborde

      David Laborde Senior Research StaffInternational Food Policy Research Institute

      Dr. David Laborde Debucquet joined IFPRI, Washington DC, in 2007. He is a Senior Research Fellow and leader of the “Globalization and Markets” research program in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. His research interests include international trade, measurement and modeling of protectionism, multilateral and regional trade liberalization as well as environmental issues (clima...

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    • David Roland-Holst

      David Roland-Holst Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of California at Berkeley

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    • David Zilberman

      David Zilberman ProfessorUniversity of California, Berkeley

      DAVID ZILBERMAN is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology, and biofuels.  He is a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and he has received the AAEA Outstanding Journal Article Award:  Choices (2011), AAEA Publicat...

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    • Deepak Rajagopal

      Deepak Rajagopal Assistant ProfessorUniversity of California, Los Angeles

      Deepak Rajagopal is an assistant professor in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at University of California, Los Angeles. He has an interdisciplinary background with PhD in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley. He also holds MS degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley, and in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland, College Park and Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He also has one year of Post-doctoral research experience at Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley a...

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    • Erin T. Mansur

      Erin T. Mansur Associate ProfessorDartmouth College

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    • Gal Hochman

      Gal Hochman Associate ProfessorRutgers University

      Gal Hochman is an Associate Professor in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Dr. Hochman received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004, and joined Rutgers University in 2011 as an Associate Professor. While coming out of his Ph.D. he focused on international trade agreements and crony capitalism, the stay at UC Berkeley introduced him to energy and agricultural biotechnology. Dr. Hochman's current work focuses on the political economy of fuel policy, as well as the economics of renewable energy. His research shows the importance of modeling OPEC as a cartel-of-nations ...

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    • Gal Luft

      Gal Luft Executive DirectorInstitute for the Analysis of Global Security

      Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security. He is a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on oil. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek Magazine called him a "tireless and independent advocate of energy security," the business m...

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    • Gardner Brown

      Gardner Brown Professor EmeritusUniversity of Washington

        Professor Emeritus Gardner Brown was honored by AERE during the 2008 annual meetings for the 2007 AERE Fellows Award and the 2007 AERE Publication of Enduring Quality Award.  He was selected as an AERE Fellow in recognition of his contributions and innovations to the field  of natural resources and environmental economics.  He was recognized for his service to AERE, as well as for his work in shaping international natural resource and environmental conservation policy through organizations like Resources for the Future.  With a broad and very productive career spanning more than 40 y...

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    • exhibitor - Geoffrey Barrows

      Geoffrey Barrows University of California at Berkeley

      Geoffrey Barrows is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.  His doctoral research focuses on issues in development and resource economics including the effects of policy on fertility rates and greenhouse gas emissions.   Visit Dr. Barrow's website here.

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    • Gordon Rausser

      Gordon Rausser Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished ProfessorUniversity of California at Berkeley

      Gordon Rausser is currently Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been teaching and conducting research at Berkeley since 1979 and has held the Sproul Distinguished Professorship since 1986. Dr. Rausser has also taught at Harvard, Iowa State University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Australian National University, and the University of Chicago, as well as UC Davis. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes and mentors graduate students who are pursuing researc...

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    • Govinda Timilsina

      Govinda Timilsina Senior Research EconomistWorld Bank

      Govinda Timilsina is a Senior Research Economist in the Research Department at the World Bank, Washington, DC. He has more than 18 years experience across a board range of energy and climate change economics at the international level. His key expertise includes energy-economic modeling; climate change mitigation, renewable energy and electricity economics & planning. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Timilsina was a Senior Research Director at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Calgary, Canada. Dr. Timilsina has recently completed a major World Bank study on economic, social and e...

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    • Harry de Gorter

      Harry de Gorter ProfessorCornell University

      Harry de Gorter’s research focus is on agriculture and trade policy with recent work on biofuels, food waste and agricultural trade reform and the Doha Development Agenda, especially the impact of subsidies and protection on developing countries. 2015 Presentation: The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets

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    • Heather Youngs

      Heather Youngs Senior Analysis Fellow, Energy Biosciences InstituteUniversity of California, Berkeley

      Heather Youngs is a Senior Analysis Fellow at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and an adjunct professor of biochemistry at Michigan Technological University. Heather has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Carnegie Institution for Plant Biology at Stanford University. Her research over the past 15 years has included multiple aspects of plant biomass synthesis and degradation. Her role at the EBI is to provide technical and strategic assessment in various aspects of bioenergy from new biomass feedstoc...

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    • Heidi J Albers

      Heidi J Albers ProfessorOregon State University

      Heidi J. Albers is a Professor of Applied Economics in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and  Research Associate with Environment for Development - Tanzania.  She received a B.S. in Geology and Economics from Duke University in 1985, a M.E.S. from Yale University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1992.  Her research integrates ecosystem characteristics with economic decision frameworks, models spatial aspects of resource management, and addresses the intersection of rural poverty and biodiversity conservation in low-income countries. ...

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    • James Wilen

      James Wilen ProfessorUniversity of California, Davis

      James E. Wilen is Director of the Center for Natural Resource Policy Analysis, and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.  Before coming to UC Davis he was at the Universities of British Columbia and Washington.  He received his B.A. degree from California State University in 1970 and his Ph.D. from U.C. Riverside in 1973.  Wilen’s research focuses broadly on natural resource economics, including recent work on micro behavior under open access exploitation, analysis of marine reserves, fisheries bycatch problems, bioinvasions, geothermal energy...

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    • Janice Ryan-Bohac

      Janice Ryan-Bohac President/CEOCAREnergy, LLC

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    • Jenny Hsing-I Liu

      Jenny Hsing-I Liu Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of EconomicsPortland State University

      Jenny Hsing-I Liu is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics with concentrations in environmental and development economics from UC Berkeley in 2010. Professor Liu currently leads several policy research projects within the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) at Portland State University. Her interdisciplinary research interests include the economics of alternative energy sources, linkages between transportation choices and environmental issues, the effects of physical infras...

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    • Jim Bushnell

      Jim Bushnell Associate ProfessorUniversity of California, Davis

      James Bushnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Prior to joining UC Davis, he spent 15 years as the Research Director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley, and two years as the Cargill Chair in Energy Economics at Iowa State University.  Prof. Bushnell received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from U.C. Berkeley in 1993.  He has written and consulted extensively on the regulation, organization, and competitiveness of energ...

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    • Jody Endres

      Jody Endres Adjunct Professor, Attorney University of Illinois - Energy Biosciences Institute

      Jody Endres is an Assistant Professor of Law in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate at the University’s Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI).  She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000.  Her research focuses on the nexus between agricultural, environmental and energy policies in forming sustainable energy alternatives. Her papers have examined various facets of sustainability policy, including operationalizing sustainability standards fr...

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    • Joshua Graff Zivin

      Joshua Graff Zivin Associate Professor of Economics University of California, San Diego

      Josh Graff Zivin is Associate Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Affiliated Faculty of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Research Director for International Environmental and Health Studies at the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). In 2004-2005, he served as Senior Economist for Health and the Environment on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.  Prior to joining UCSD in 2008, he was an Associate Professor of Economics in the Mailman Sc...

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    • Justus Wesseler

      Justus Wesseler Professor and Chair of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy GroupWageningen University

      Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler holds the chair in Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has a degree in agricultural, environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research work is on the economics of biotechnology, value chain economics, and regulatory economics including issues related to coexistence. The major focus is on the contribution of value chains to improve sustainability and the impact of new technologies and regulations on the value chain in this respect. He was Professor of Agricultural and F...

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    • Karel Janda

      Karel Janda Head of Dpt. of MicroeconomicsCharles University in Prague

      Karel Janda graduated from University of Iowa, PhD, 2003. Currently, he is a professor at Department of Banking and Insurance, Faculty of Finance and Accounting, University of Economics, Prague and Chairman of Department of Microeconomics and Mathematical Methods, Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. He is an Affiliate Fellow at CERGE-EI. He is a holder of RWE chair in Economics at Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University.  His visiting faculty appointments included Toulouse School of Economics, Australian National University, Univer...

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    • Karl-Göran Mäler

      Karl-Göran Mäler Professor emeritus, Researcher, former DirectorThe Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

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    • Larry Karp

      Larry Karp ProfessorUniversity of California, Berkeley

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    • Madhu Khanna

      Madhu Khanna ProfessorUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      Dr. Madhu Khanna is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental policy analysis and incentives for adoption of environmentally friendly technologies. She has examined the effectiveness of alternative market based instruments for inducing the adoption of best management practices in agriculture such as precision farming and improved irrigation methods and the targeting of green payment policies for reducing nitrog...

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    • Maria Bowman

      Maria Bowman University of California, Berkeley

      Maria is a Ph.D. student in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the economic drivers of land-use and land-cover change in Brazil, Mozambique, and the United States, and the existing and emerging policies and economic incentives that aim to conserve standing forests and promote healthy, functioning ecosystems at local, regional, and global scales. Maria has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Juniata College and an M.S. in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Tech, and has worked as a consultant for t...

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    • Markus Pauly

      Markus Pauly Associate Professor, Fred Dickinson Chair of Wood Science and TechnologyEnergy Biosciences Institute

      Markus Pauly received his PhD (1998) in Biology from the Technical University Aachen, Germany. He continued his career on the structure and function of plant cell wall polysaccharides to eventually establish his own research group at the Max-Planck Institute for molecular plant physiology in Germany. He joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 2010 in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. He is presently a program manager at the Energy Biosciences Institute on campus aiming at improving plant feedstocks for the conversion to biofuels and holds the Fred Dickinson Chair of Wood Science and ...

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    • Marnus Gouse

      Marnus Gouse Research FellowUniversity of Pretoria

      Marnus Gouse is a research fellow in the Department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria. From Mayl 2012 Marnus will take up a Gates Foundation supported Post-Doc position in the Department. His research over the last twelve years has focussed on the socio-economic impacts of Genetically Modified crops in South Africa with special focus on small-scale resource poor farmers.

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    • Matthew J. Kotchen

      Matthew J. Kotchen Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and PolicyYale University

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    • Maureen Cropper

      Maureen Cropper University of Maryland

      Maureen Cropper is a Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a former Lead Economist at the World Bank.  Dr. Cropper has served as chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and as president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Her research has focused on valuing environmental amenities (especially environmental health eff...

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    • Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes

      Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes Director, Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC)University of Missouri

      Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes is the MSMC Endowed Professor of Agribusiness Strategy and the Director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) at the University of Missouri. His research, teaching and outreach focus on the economics and policy of agrifood biotechnology and other agribusiness innovations. Over the past five years, Dr. Kalaitzandonakes has authored articles on the economic and environmental impacts of biotechnology; its impacts on the structure of the agrifood supply chain; on biotech entrepreneurship and industrial development; the impact of biotechnolo...

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    • Peter Berck

      Peter Berck ProfessorUniversity of California, Berkeley

      Peter Berck is the SJ Hall Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley.  His research work includes land use, agricultural prices, and biofuels.

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    • Scott Swinton

      Scott Swinton ProfessorMichigan State University

      Scott M. Swinton is a professor and associate chairperson in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  He directs the department’s graduate program and teaches applied microeconomics at the graduate level. His economic research explores how people manage agricultural ecosystems, and how changes in policy and technology can encourage better environmental stewardship while sustaining farm livelihoods.  He collaborates closely with biologists, engineers and other social scientists in analyzing food and energy biomass production systems, particular...

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    • Shanta Devarajan

      Shanta Devarajan Chief Economist, World Bank Africa RegionWorld Bank

      Shantayanan (Shanta) Devarajan, who was born in Sri Lanka, joined the World Bank in 1991.  He assumed his current position as Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region in 2008.  The office of the Chief Economist seeks to bring the best knowledge to bear on the development problems of Africa, while providing guidance to Bank staff and management on strategy and the quality of economic analysis. Prior to this assignment, from 2004 onwards, Shanta was Chief Economist for the South Asia Region position, following three years as Chief Economist for the Human Development Network, which co...

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    • Timothy Dalton

      Timothy Dalton Associate ProfessorKansas State University

      r. Dalton’s research and teaching focuses on international agricultural development in less-developed countries around the world. He studies how new varieties of sorghum, rice and maize affect food productivity, production risk management, and nutrition as well as the impact of natural resource degradation—primarily soils and agricultural biodiversity—on agriculture and human well being. Dr. Dalton has worked in western, central, eastern and southern Africa as well as southeast Asia.

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    • Ujjayant Chakravorty

      Ujjayant Chakravorty Professor and Canada Research ChairUniversity of Alberta

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    • Urvashi Narain

      Urvashi Narain Research AssociateWorld Bank


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    • V. Kerry Smith

      V. Kerry Smith Regents ProfessorArizona State University

      Regents Professor and W. P. Carey Professor of Economics Professor Smith, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is a recognized researcher in environmental economics, a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He came to ASU from North Carolina State University where he was the University Distinguished Professor and was Director of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy. Prior to North Carolina State, he held positions as the Arts and Sciences Professor of Environmental Economics at Duke...

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    • Wallace E. Tyner

      Wallace E. Tyner James & Lois Ackerman Prof Ag EconPurdue University

      Professor Tyner is an energy economist and James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry (1966) from Texas Christian University, and his M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in economics from the University of Maryland. He has over 325 professional papers that have been cited 3,452 times. Of these there are 110 journal papers, books, and book chapters. His past work in energy economics has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal,...

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    • Wolfram Schlenker

      Wolfram Schlenker Assistant ProfessorColumbia University

      Wolfram Schlenker is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Berkeley, where Anthony Fisher and Michael Hanemann where his dissertation co-chairs.  He has worked on statistical models of how farmland prices, crop yields, and crop prices relate to weather outcomes as well as the effect of biofuel policies on food prices.

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