At the Department of Resource Economics, we tackle complex questions about how to use our environmental, natural and human resources. By researching important societal problems and gathering and analyzing data, we offer policy solutions that move the needle on today’s most pressing issues. Our undergraduate and graduate programs focus on industrial organization, environmental economics, and natural resource economics. And our award-winning faculty produces groundbreaking research that impacts how we approach our world.
The department of Resource Economics is pleased to present the Spring 2021 seminar series featuring:
Mar Reguant, Department of Economics, Northwestern University | Friday, February 26, 10:30-11:30am | Title: The distributional impacts of real-time pricing in the Spanish electricity market | Join via Zoom
Leila Agha, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College | Friday, March 26, 10:30-11:30am | Title: Fixing Misallocation with Guidelines: Awareness vs. Adherence | Join via Zoom
Pierre Dubois, Toulouse School of Economics, Universite’ de Toulouse | Friday, April 9, 10:30-11:30am | Title: Bargaining and International Reference Pricing in the Pharmaceutical Industry | Join via Zoom
Katrina Jessoe, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis | Friday, April 23, 12:00-1:00pm | Title: Industry Impacts of Pricing Pollution: Groundwater Externalities and Agricultural Land Use | Join via Zoom
David Molitor, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Friday, May 7, 10:30-11:30am | Title: A Causal Concentration-Response Function for Air Pollution: Evidence from Wildfire Smoke | Join via Zoom
As high temperatures become more frequent and intense due to climate change, UMass Amherst scientists are developing interdisciplinary research aimed at helping communities increase resilience to extreme heat by monitoring physiological, mental and behavioral health factors.
Tauhidur Rahman, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, and social scientist Jamie Mullins, assistant professor of resource economics,received a $75,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program to fund their project.
Resource Economics associate professor Christine L. Crago is co-PI on two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation. The grants will fund a new graduate training program, ELevating Equity VAlues in the Transition of the Energy System (ELEVATE) which aims to ensure that the transformation of the electric grid is both sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably, an aspect of energy transition not often considered in policymaking or public discourse. “I’m really excited to be looking at equity and distributional impacts of the renewable energy transition,” says Dr. Crago. “As we promote an energy system dominated by renewable energy, we want to carefully consider the impact of more renewables on energy prices and control of energy assets, and their subsequent impacts on equity.”