The Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics focuses on applied economic and policy questions in agriculture, biotechnology, environment, natural resources, international development, and trade. Graduate students, faculty, and other affiliates conduct research in the following fields: agricultural economics and agribusiness; agricultural resource policy and political economy; applied econometrics; development; energy, environmental, and resource economics; intellectual property rights/biotechnology; and international economics and trade policy.
Faculty have received many awards for research and teaching, and they serve on editorial boards of journals, foundations, and other research institutes. For further information, please see Faculty Profiles.
The department hosts a weekly Department Seminar and participates in other seminars on specialized topics. For information regarding these seminars, please click the links below:
Seminar in International Trade and Finance
Energy Institute at Haas
The Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics was founded in 1930 from a grant made by the Bancitaly Corporation to the University of California in tribute to its organizer and past president, Amadeo Peter Giannini of San Francisco. Members of the Giannini Foundation are University of California faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists in agricultural and resource economics on the Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside campuses. The broad mission of the Foundation is to promote and support research and outreach activities in agricultural economics and rural development relevant to California. For further information on the Foundation, please click here.
Environmental Economics and Policy: BA (College of Letters and Science), BS (College of Natural Resources)
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Michael Anderson, Associate Professor. Environmental economics, health economics, applied econometrics, especially relating to questions of causal inference.
+ Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor. Environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics.
Ellen Bruno, Specialist. Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, and Applied Econometrics.
Thibault Fally, Assistant Professor. International Trade and Investment, economic development, trade, development.
Meredith Fowlie, Associate Professor. Energy, environmental regulation.
+ J. Keith Gilless, Professor. Forest economics and management, wildfire protection planning.
Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Assistant Professor. Development Economics, Urban Economics.
Larry S. Karp, Professor. International trade, design of international environmental agreements, international investment agreements, trade liberalization and environment, instrument selection for pollution control, alternative discounting models.
Ethan A. Ligon, Associate Professor. Dynamic incentives and inequality, development economics, agricultural contracts, risk sharing, intra-household allocation, applied econometrics.
Jiang Lin, Adjunct Professor. Energy and climate policy, energy and emissions pathways, electricity market and planning, low-carbon economics transition and appliance efficiency issues in China.
Jeremy R. Magruder, Associate Professor. Labor markets in developing countries, social networks, economics of HIV/AIDS.
Aprajit Mahajan, Professor. Development economics, Econometrics, Technology adoption, Health, Agriculture, Management, Measurement error, Dynamic choice.
Jeff Perloff, Professor. Industrial organization, labor, agricultural economics, marketing, trade, econometrics.
Gordon Rausser, Professor. Agricultural economics, applied econometrics, futures and options markets, industrial organization and antitrust analysis, natural resource and environmental economics, public policy and economic regulation.
David Roland-Holst, Adjunct Professor. Development, energy, environment and climate change, trade, food and agricultural policy, international trade.
Howard Rosenberg, Retired Extension Specialist.
James Michael Sallee, Assistant Professor. Public economics, energy economics, transportation, taxation.
Joseph Shapiro, Associate Professor. Environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics.
Leo K. Simon, Adjunct Professor. Environmental and energy economics, water policy, game theory, mechanism design and environmental regulation, comparing agri-environmental policy processes in the U.S. and Europe.
David Sunding, Professor. Environmental economics, natural resources, agriculture, econometrics, regulation, law and economics.
Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, Professor. Industrial organization, consumer behavior, food policy, environmental regulation.
L. Timothy Wallace, Retired Extension Specialist.
Brian Wright, Professor. International trade, economics of markets for storable commodities, dynamics of policy and capitalization of support payments.
David Zilberman, Professor. Agricultural and nutritional policy, economics of technological change, economics of natural resources and micro-economic theory.
Severin Borenstein, Professor. Industrial organization and government regulation, energy economics, applied microeconomic theory.
Lucas Davis, Associate Professor. Energy and environmental economics, applied microeconomics, public finance.
Solomon Hsiang, Associate Professor. Public Policy.
+ Edward Andrew Miguel, Professor. African economic development, economic causes and consequences of violence, methods for transparent social science research.
Catherine D. Wolfram, Professor. Regulation of business, energy and environmental economics, electricity industry restructuring.
Alain De Janvry, Professor Emeritus. Development economics, agriculture for development, technological innovations, rural institutions, payments for environmental services.
Anthony Fisher, Professor Emeritus. Economics of global climate change.
Michael Hanemann, Professor Emeritus. Non-market valuation, environmental economics and policy, water pricing and management, demand modeling for market research and policy design, the economics of irreversibility and adaptive management.
George G. Judge, Professor Emeritus. Information theoretic approaches to econometric estimation and inference.
Sherman Robinson, Professor Emeritus.
Elisabeth Sadoulet, Professor Emeritus. Development economics, poverty, microfinance institutions, education, program impact evaluation.
Andrew Schmitz, Professor Emeritus.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
207 Giannini Hall, #3310
David L. Sunding, PhD
326 Giannini Hall
Head Undergraduate Adviser
Peter Berck, PhD
224 Giannini Hall
Head Graduate Adviser
Elisabeth Sadoulet , PhD
Student Affairs Officer
203 Giannini Hall
207 Giannini Hall