Laura Huggins

Director of Outreach

Huggins is a research fellow and director of outreach with PERC as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her association with PERC goes back several years, and she officially joined the staff in Bozeman in 2005.

Huggins coauthored with Terry Anderson Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (2003  & 2009) and "The Property Rights Path to Sustainable Development," which appeared in The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose (2004). She also coauthored Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (2008). Her forthcoming book, Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places will be out this year.

With Anderson and Thomas Power, Huggins edited Accounting for Mother Nature: Changing Demands for her Bounty (2007). Previously, she edited Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues (2005) and Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust? (2005).

Huggins is interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience to help resolve environmental dilemmas. As part of this interest, she serves as the editor of PERC Reports—The Magazine of Free Market Environmentalism and has published in the popular press; including the Washington Times and Los Angeles Times.

She holds an M.S. in Public Policy and a B.S. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Utah State University. Huggins and her husband live in Bozeman, Montana with their two vivacious children. Any spare time she can find is spent rock climbing and fly fishing! Additionally, she serves on the Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory Board.

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