Lone Mountain Fellows

Lone Mountain Fellows 2014

  • Jeff Bennett: Professor of Environmental Management and Development Program, Australian National University
    Topic: Payments for Environmental Services
    Paper: Can PES schemes mimic markets?
  • Linus Blomqvist: Director of Research, The Breakthrough Institute
    Topic: Saving Nature by Making it Useless
    Paper: Saving Nature by Making it Useless
  • Eric Claeys: Professor of Law, George Mason University
    Topic: The Colorado Doctrine
    Paper: On Taking Water “Out of the Hands of Nature”: Lockean Labor Theory and the Colorado Doctrine
  • Josh Eagle: Solomon Blatt Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
    Topic: The Incentives of a Resource Owner: Evidence from a Private Oyster Fishery
    Paper: The Incentives of a Resource Owner: Evidence from a Private Oyster Fishery
  • Eric Edwards: Assistant Professor of Applied Economics, Utah State University
    Topic: The Role of Property Rights in Bureaucratic Environmental Good Provision: Case Analysis from Northern Chile
    Paper: Interest Group Competition and Government Provision of Environmental Public Goods 
  • Daniel Kaffine: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Topic: Fiscal and Environmental Federalism Literature into a Natural Resource Management Framework
    Paper: When to Decentralize Renewable Resource Management
  • Matthew Neidell: Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
    Topic: Pollution, Health, and Decision Making
    Paper: Temperature, Performance, and Human Capital
  • Sheila Olmstead: Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
    Topic: Induced Development in Risky Locations: Fire Suppression and Land Use in the American West
    Paper: Induced Development in Risky Locations: Fire Suppression and Land Use in the American West
  • Dominic Parker: Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
    Topic: The Effect of the Tax Code on Private Land Conservation
    Paper: Tax Incentives and Private Land Conservation
  • Matthew Turner: Professor of Economics, Brown University
    Topic: Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth
    Paper: Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth
  • Roger Von Haefen: Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
    Topic: Residential Electricity Demand
    Paper: Conservation Policies: Who Responds to Price and Who Responds to Prescription?
  • Quinn Weninger: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
    Topic: Economic Performance in the Early Stages of the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share
    Paper: The Cost of Overconfidence: Evidence from the Last True Hunters
  • Frank Wolak: Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies, Department of Economics, Stanford University
    Topic: Electricity in California
    Paper: Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design
  • Andrew Yates: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Topic: The Optimal Scale for Water Quality Markets
    Paper: Optimizing the Scale of Markets for Water Quality Trading

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2013

  • Bart Wilson: Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics and Law, Chapman University
    Topic: The Meaning of Property in Things
    Paper: Further Towards a Theory of the Emergence of Property
  • Carson Bruno: Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute
    Topic: Hydraulic Fracturing 
    Paper: Hydraulic Fracturing: Sow's Ear or Silk Purse?
  • Rob Fleck: Professor of Economics, Clemson University
    Topic: The Foundations of Wealth-Enhancing Majority Rule
    Paper: The Foundations of Wealth-Enhancing Democracy: Aristotle, Lindaul, and Institutional Design in Ancient Greece
  • Matthew Turner: Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
    Topic: Land Use Regulation and Welfare
    Paper: Land Use Regulation and Welfare
  • Chuck Podolak: Duke University
    Topic: Challenges to Water Markets
    Paper: Conditional Water Rights in Colorado - Speculation in disguise?
  • Fr. Gregory Jensen: University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Topic: Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Property Rights and the Environment
    Paper: The Moral Case for Property Rights in Light of the Tradition of the Orthodox Church
  • Quinn Weninger: Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Iowa State University
    Topic: Ecosytems Based Fisheries Management
    Paper: Fishing Behavior Across Space, Time and Depth: With Application to the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery
  • Tracy Mehan: Principal in the Environmental Science and Policy Division, The Cadmus Group
    Topic: Who Owns the Environment?
  • Daniel Botkin: Professor Emeritus, University of California - Santa Barbara
    Topic: Markets and Nature as Processes
  • Maximilian Auffhammer: Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and Director of the International Areas Studies Teaching Program, University of California - Berkeley
    Topic: Climate Change
    Paper: Quantifying Intensive and extensive margin adaptation responses to climate change: A study of California's Residential Electricity Consumption

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2012

  • Randal Rucker: Professor of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University
    Topic: Indian and Non-Indian Salmon Fisheries
    Paper: The Microeconomics of a Natural Resource Boom: Evidence from the Washington State Tribal Fishery
  • Andrew Hanssen: Professor of Economics at Clemson University
    Topic: Eminent Domain in the 19th Century Railroad Boom
    Paper: Courts, Legislatures, and the Adaptability of Property Rules: Eminent Domain in the 19th Century Railroad Boom 
  • Michael 't Sas-Rolfes: Wildlife Consultant in South Africa
    Topic: Markets for Wildlife
    Paper: Can Legal Trade in Rhino Horn Save Rhinos? 
  • Tim Fitzgerald: Professor of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University
    Topic: Incorporating Water Quality into Prior Appropriation
    Paper: Prior Appropriation and Water Quality 
  • Sarah Hallier: International Relations Graduate Student at Harvard University 
    Topic: Markets for Wildlife
    Paper: Evaluating the Role of CITES in Protecting Rhinos
  • Jonathan Klick: Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania
    Paper: Plastic Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness 
  • Gary Libecap: Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    Topic: Addressing Global Externalities
    Paper: Addressing Global Externalities: Transaction Costs Considerations
  • Quinn Weninger: Professor of Economics at the University of Iowa
    Topic: Market Speculation and Environmental Permits
    Paper: Fleet Rationalization Under Individual Transferable Quotas
  • Frank Wolak: Professor of Economics at Stanford University
    Topic: Increasing the IQ of the Smart Grid
    Paper: An Experimental Comparison of Critical Peak and Hourly Pricing: The PowerCentsDC Program
  • JB Ruhl: Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School
    Topic: Background Principles for Post-Stationarity Property Law
    Paper: Global Climate Change and US Law: The Next Legal Frontiers 
  • Jonathan Yoder: Professor of Economics at Washington State University
  • Dean Lueck: Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona
    Topic: Institutions and Wildfire Suppression
    Paper: Economic Organization and Wildfire: Complex Property Rights and Emergency Conditions 
  • Jason Johnston: Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School
    Paper: Global Warming and the End of Environmental Law
  • John Briscoe: Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health at Harvard University
    Paper: The Challenge of Water in a Changing World 
  • Dominic Parker: Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Topic: Natural Resources and American Indians
    Paper: The Unintended Consequences of Conflict Mineral Regulations 
  • Harrison Zeff: Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Paper: Incentives for Water Utilities and Consumers During Drought

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2011

  • Claire Priest: Professor of Law at Yale Law Scool
    Topic:
    Creating an American Property Law
    Seminar: The Colonial Transformation of Property and the Formation of an American Legal Order, 1650-1820

  • Christopher Costello: Professor of the Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara
    Seminar:Enhanced Conservation Via Marine Property Right

  • Bart J. Wilson: joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Law, and the Wilkinson College of Humanites & Social Sciences at Chapman University.
    Topic: Territorial foundations of human property

  • Daniel Kaffine: Assistant Professor in the Division of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Mines
    Topic: Severable wind rights from an economic perspective
    Seminar: Wind Power and Split Estate

  • Dino Falaschetti: Associate Professor of Law and Economics at Florida State University
    Topic: Transactions cost leadership
    Seminar: Transactions cost leadership on the politics, law, and economics of creating wealth and spreading opportunity

  • Eric Coleman: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida State University
    Topic: The effects of different types of property rights on environmental sustainability
    Seminar: Property Rights and Environmental Sustainability: Household Evidence from Bolivia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda

  • James Salzman: Joint appointments at Duke University at the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy
    Topic: Game Theory
    Seminar: Gaming the Past: The Theory and Practice of Historic Baselines in the Administrative State

  • Jeffrey Bennett:: Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
    Topic: Little Green Lies
    Seminar: Property Rights and Land Degradation in China

  • Jonathan Adler: Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Topic: Firm theory and contemporary pollution problems
    Seminar: Property Rights and Land Degradation in China

  • Matthew Neidell:: Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University
    Topic: Willingness to pay for water quality

  • Mathew Kahn: Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy
    Topic: Cities adaptation to climate change
    Seminar: How will climate change impact urbanities and their cities?

  • Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes: Sustainability Economist and Consultant
    Topic: International Wildlife Trade Policy

  • Richard Rice: President of the Save Your World Foundation
    Topic: Misaligned Incentives and Trade-offs in Allocating Conservation Funding
    Seminar: Property rights and conservation agreements in developing countries

  • Sergey Mityakov: Professor of Economics at Clemson University
    Topic:Oil trade diversification, international relations, and energy security
    Seminar: Political Limits on World Oil Trade

  • Randy Rucker: Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University
    Topic: Pollination markets and colony collapse disorder in bee populations
    Seminar: The Economic Consequences of Bee Disease

  • Steven Medema: Professor of Economics and the Director of the University Honors and Leadership Program at the University of Colorado Denver
    Topic: Coase and the Environment
    Seminar: Of Coase and Carbon: The Coase Theorem in Environmental Economics, 1960-1979

  • Todd Zywicki: Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University
    Topic: Takings Law
    Seminar: The Political Economy of Takings Law: Of Public Use and Just Compensation

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2010

  • Bart J. Wilson: joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the School of Law at Chapman University.
    Topic:
    Whaler's Rule of Capture
    Seminar:
    "The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers' Rules of Capture" (coauthors: Taylor Jaworski, Karl Schurter, and Andrew Smyth)

  • Matthew Turner: Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.
    Topic:Urban Travel/Road Congestion
    Seminar: "Urban Travel/Road Congestion"

  • Brian Steed: Researcher and teacher in the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.
    Topic: Water Rights
    Seminar: "The impact of adjudication on groundwater resources: An over time look at groundwater governance in Los Angeles County, California"

  • Paul Schwennesen: Double Check Ranch.
    Topic: Conservation Easements
    Seminar: "When Eminent Domain and Conservation Easements Collide: An Arizona Ranching Family Finds Itself in a Conservation Quagmire"

  • Kurt Schnier: Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia State University. .
    Topic: Fisheries
    Seminar: "Regional delivery impacts in rights-based fisheries "

  • Mark Sagoff: Director and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
    Topic: Markets for Ecological Services
    Seminar: "The Quantification and Valuation of Ecosystem Services"

  • Matthew Neidell: Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, at Columbia University.
    Topic: Impact of environmental conditions on worker productivity
    Seminar: Research Results

  • Robert H. Nelson: Professor of Environmental Policy at the School of Public Policy of the University of Maryland and a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center. .
    Topic: Land Forum
    Seminar: "The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion versus Environmental Religion "

  • Jason Johnston: Professor of Law and Director, Program on Law, the Environment, and the Economy, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
    Topic: Optimal Degree of Regulatory Deference to Scientific Experts
    Seminar: "Profits or Social Networks: What Determines the Bribe Payments Made by Entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe?"

  • Todd BenDor: Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Topic: Assessing Regulatory and Entrepreneurial Risk in US Wetland and Stream Markets
    Seminar: "Forces Promoting U.S. Wetland and Stream Banking"

  • Larry Chavis, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
    Topic: Weak Institutions and Ability of American Indians to Become Entrepreneurs
    Seminar: "Profits or Social Networks: What Determines the Bribe Payments Made by Entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe?"

  • Christopher Costello, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California-Santa Barbara.
    Topic: Spatiality
    Seminar: "Marine protected areas in spatial property-rights fisheries, Unitization of spatially connected renewable resources "

  • Anca M. Cotet, Assistant Professor of Economics at Ball State University
    Topic:Climate Change Mitigation
    Seminar: "Technological Improvement and Climate Change Mitigation: Evidence from the Diffusion of Air Conditioning and Seasonal Mortality in the United States"

  • Rebecca Goldman, Central Science Division of the Nature Conservancy
    Topic:Markets for Ecosystem services in Patagonia
    Seminar: "Ecosystem Services: Developing Markets to Help Conserve Patagonia Grasslands Proposal and Work Plan for Advancing Ecosystem Service Contracting "

  • David Haddock, Professor of Law and Economics at Northwestern University
    Topic: CAFE
    Seminar: "CAFE - the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Mandate"

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2009

  • Jonathan Adler, Professor and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western University School of Law
    Topic: "Labeling law--the extent to which the government can require companies to disclose truthful information"

  • Sarah Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California-Santa Barbara
    Topic: "The problem with neighbors: Jurisdictions and resource use"

  • H. Spencer Banzhaf, Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia State University
    Topic: Markets for Land and Pollution: The Political Economy of Environmental Justice

  • Olivier Deschenes, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    Topic: The Impact of Climate Change on Health in India: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather

  • Eric Mack, Professor of Philosophy, Tulane University
    Topic: The Natural Right of Property

  • Gregory L. Poe, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economic Management, Cornell University
    Topic: Primer on Water Trading

  • Larry E. Ribstein, Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School
    Topic: The Market for Environmental Law

  • Robert P. Saldin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Montana
    Topic: The Role of Natural Resources in Western Politics

  • Kurt E. Schnier, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Georgia State University
    Topic: Production Efficiency, Exit, and Co-op Formation in Rights-Based Fisheries

  • Kevin Tsui, Assistant Professor of Economics, Clemson University
    Topic: Economic and Environmental Curse of Oil: Dutch Disease or Malthusian Trap?

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2008

  • Steve Bick, Consulting Forester and Adjunct Faculty Member, State College of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Seminar: "Forest Enterprise of the Adirondacks

  • Christopher Costello, Assistant Professor, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California-Santa Barbara
    Topic: Can spatial property rights fix fisheries?

  • Jason Johnson, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Law, the Environment, and the Economy, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
    Topic: Climate change hysteria and the Supreme court: On the Economic Impact of Global Warming on the U.S. and the misguided Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act

  • Dean Lueck, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Co-director, Program on Economics, Law, and the Environment, University of Arizona
    Topic: Domestication and ownership of wild species

  • G. Patrick Lynch, Senior Fellow, Liberty Fund
    Seminar: "From Eden to Leviathan: The Evolution of Politics from the State of Nature"

  • Josiah Ober, Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University
    Seminar: "Epistemic democracy in classical Athens: How diversity can foster innovation"

  • Julian Morris and Kendra Okonski, International Policy Network, London
    Seminar: "Which Policy to Address Climate change"

  • Dominic Parker, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University
    Topic: Rule of law and access to credit on American Indian reservations

  • The Honorable Matthew Ridley, English business man and popular science author
    Seminar: "The Ecology of Human Progress"

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2007

  • Sarah Anderson ,Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Department of Political Science, University of California-Santa Barbara
    Topic: Analysis of environmentalvoting behavior
    Seminar: "The Green Machine: Environmental Constituents and Congressional Voting"

  • Steve Bick, Consulting Forester and Adjunct Faculty Member, State College of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Publication: "Ownership and Stewardship Go Hand in Hand: One Family, Many Acres and Seven Generations of Ownership," PERC Reports, Summer 2008

  • Nicholas Georgiadis, Director, Mpala Reserach Center, Nanyuki, Kenya
    Topic: Conserving wildlife in African Landscapes: Kenya's Ewaso Ecosystem,
    Seminar: "The Wonder and Decline of Animal Migrations"

  • Michael Norton-Griffiths,
    Independeent Wildife Consultant, Kenya
    Topic:Economic impact of secure property rights in Kenya's agricultural sector, and the rapid evolution of property rights on Kenya's rangelands
    Seminar: "Contemporary issues of land tenure in Kenya"

  • J. Bisho Grewell,Attorney, Mayer Brown, LLP, Chicago
    Topic: Analysis of voluntary pollution easements purchased by the Anaconda Mining Company at the turn of the 20th Century
    Seminar: "In Search of Entitlements: One Explanation to the Damages/Injunction Choice"

  • D. Bruce Johnsen, Professorof Law, George Mason University
    Topic: Property rights, Institutioins, and salmon fishing practices of the Northwest Coast Indian tribes
    Seminars: "Socially Responsible Investing PERC style: A Preliminary Investigation" and "Science, Salmon, and Primitive Man on the Northwest Coast.

  • Kurt E. Schnier, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Georgis State University
    Topic: The value of a statistical life and rights-based fisheries policy: The Case of the Alaskan Crab Fishers
    Seminars: "Common property information, and cooperation: Commercial fishing in the Bering Sea" and "Occupational Risk and Rights-based fisheries Policy: Studying Changes in the Deadliest Catch"

  • James Workman
    Publications: "Tapping our ingenuity," News Tribune, Nov. 25, 2007
    "The Water Ethic: Fitful Birth of a certain Alienable Right," Draft paper, Dec.1, 2007

 

Lone Mountain Fellows 2006

  • Nigel Asquith, Director of Science, Fundacion Natura Bolivia, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
    Topic: Promoting markets for watershed services in Bolivia: Can the FME model be exported? The Case of Los Negros-Santa Rosa
    Seminar: with Maria Teresa Varga. "Evaluating intervention policies (e.g. markets for environmental services) in protecting the environment and reducing poverty: Shifting focus from measuring and monitoring 'inputs' and 'outputs,' to qunatified and replicated measurement of 'outcomes'."
    Publications: "bees and Barbed Wire for Water,' Perc Reports, December 2006
    "Selling Two Environmental Services: In-kind payments of bird habitat and watershed protection in Los Negros, Bolivia," with Maria Teresa Vargas, and Sven Wunder, Ecologial Economics, 65(4) 2008, 675-684.
    "Tratos, Justos Para Servicios Hidrolgicos en Bolivia," with Maria Teresa Vargas. London: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Fundacion Natura Bolivia

  • Steve Bick, Consulting Forester and Adjunct Faculty Member, State College of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Publication: Adirondack Forest Owner's Manual Forest Enterprise Institute, April 2007

  • Ted Gayer, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
    Topic: The Effects of the Endangered Species Act on Economic Development

  • David Haddock, Professor of Law and Economics, Northwestern Univeristy
    Topic: Government provision of public bads
    Seminar: with Alison Berry - "Bad public goods: The public goods paradox: Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?"
    Publication: "Warning: Army Corps of Engineers Project Ahead," PERC Reports, Fall 2007

  • Randy Rucker, Professor of Economics, Department Agricultural Economics and Econmics, Montana State University
    Topic: Indian and Non-Indian Salmon Fisheries: The Economic Effects of U.S. v. Washington
    Seminar: "The Alaskan Crab Rationalization Program: Experiences in the First Two Seasons"

  • Mitch Tobin, Former reporter for the the Arizona Daily Star
    Topic: Legislating Noah's Ark: Why the Endangered Species Act is not working. Book draft
    Publication: "Save a Species, Save on Taxes," PERC Reports, Fall 2007

  • Maria Teresa Vargas, Executive Director, Fundacion Natura Bolivia
    Topic: Promoting Markets for Watershed Services in Bolivia: Can the FME Model be Exported?" The Case if Los Negros-Santa Rosa
    Seminar: with Nigel Asquith -- "Evaluating intervention policies (e.g. markets for environmental services) in protecting the eEvironment and Reducing Poverty: Shifting focus from measuring and monitoring 'inputs' and 'outputs,' to quantified and replicated measurement of "outcomes."

  • James Workman Natural Resource Consultant and Founder, Confluence Associates, Botswana,
    Seminar: "Michael Milken Meets John Muir: Turning Fixed Liabilities into Liquid Assets"
    Publication: "Deadbeat Dams: Perhaps It's Time to Pull the Plug," PERC Reports, Enviropreneur Issue
    "How to Fix our Dam Problems," Science and Technology, The University of Texas, Dallas, Fall 2007.

  • Seth Zuckerman,
    Publication: "Unpaved with Good Intentions: New Easements Keep Farmland in Production, Despite Spiraling Property Values," High Country News, Sept. 18, 2006