Kurt Schnier is the Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer in the Division of Finance and Administration at University of California Merced. Previously, he served as a professor of economics at the University of California, Merced, and a senior research fellow at PERC. Schnier received a B.S. in management sciences from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on conducting policy analysis in the fields of health and resource economics. His health care research has focused on the response of physicians and hospitals to current and impeding regulations that impact the provision of health care. His resource economics research focuses on facilitating the development of efficient marine resource policy and determining how fishermen respond to current and prospective fisheries policy. More specifically, his research has focused on hospital discharge decisions, efficient utilization of organs for transplantation, utilizing property rights in fisheries, estimation of capacity in fisheries and investigating heterogeneous preferences. He was a 2007 and 2009 Lone Mountain Fellow at PERC.