PhD Research - Andrew Ayres

BA Economics, Pomona College

My main areas of research include environmental and natural resource economics, institutional economics, applied econometrics, and water economics and policy. The primary line of investigation considers how and when institutions matter for preventing rent dissipation in river basins. My current work examines legal and economic institutions for the management of groundwater resources, including the conditions under which property rights are adopted and their impact on land values. The goal of this work is to inform the implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which entails substantial management changes in critical basins throughout the state. Previously, I was a Fulbright Fellow and thereafter worked in Germany at the national and European levels on projects related to climate change, energy, river restoration, and water pricing, among others.

Year Admitted: 2013
Research Areas:
environmental and natural resource economics, institutional economics, applied econometrics, and water economics and policy
Faculty Advisor: Gary Libecap

Office: Bren Hall 3011
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