Dominic Parker is a Senior Research Fellow at PERC and is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches courses in natural resource economics. His research examines how legal systems and government policies affect natural resource use, environmental outcomes, and economic development. The questions his papers address include: Can the assignment of property rights to groups (rather than to individuals) end the wasteful race to harvest natural resources? How do legal institutions affect access to credit and economic activity on American Indian reservations? What are the unintended consequences of international efforts to ban and regulate conflict minerals emanating from Africa? How does tax policy influence land use and conservation? Why do some places apparently suffer from a "natural resource curse"? Parker holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a graduate student fellow of the National Science Foundation.