Gordon Rausser

  • 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 research.
    Dr. Rausser has won 16 national awards for research and academic service. He also received a Career Achievement Award from the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, where he served as dean from 1994 to 2000.
    Dr. Rausser has authored hundreds of well-regarded articles and several books in the field of agricultural and resource economics. He is the lead author of the recent volume Political Power and Economic Policy: Theory, Analysis, and Empirical Applications, published by Cambridge University Press (2011). Dr. Rausser is also the current editor of the Annual Review of Resource Economics, a top publication in its field.
    While on leave from UC Berkeley, Dr. Rausser has also held several distinguished positions in the U. S. government. He was Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors during the Reagan administration (1986–87) and Chief Economist at the Agency for International Development (AID) (1988–90). He also co-founded the Institute for Policy Reform (IPR) in Washington, D.C., in 1989 and served as president for 5 years (1990–94).
    As an entrepreneur, Dr. Rausser has founded two successful business consulting companies, LECG, Inc., and OnPoint Analytics, as well as a successful commodities trading fund, Creston Commodities. Currently, in addition to his appointment at UC Berkeley, Dr. Rausser directs the Rausser Research Institute. Located in Nevada City, California, the Institute serves as a site for research conferences and retreats.