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Fellowship Director, Senior Fellow
Dominic P. Parker is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Director of the department’s graduate studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves in editorial roles for three leading academic journals in environmental and resource economics. Parker is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a regular faculty lecturer at the Ronald Coase Institute and the Elinor Ostrom Workshop. His primary research interest is understanding the effects, intended and unintended, of public policies directed towards the environment and natural resources and the role that markets and property rights may play in regulating those effects. He also studies the economies of indigenous communities, and how colonial policies affect their development. Parker’s research spans studies of land use and conservation, wildlife and fisheries, conflict minerals, oil booms and busts, and renewable energy. It appears in journals in economics, science, and law and it has been featured in popular press outlets including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, and The Atlantic.