Welcome to my website! I am an associate professor of economics and graduate
advisor for the Master of Arts in Economics program at CSULB. I received my Ph.D.
from George Washington University in 2008. My fields of specialization include
natural resource and environmental economics and applied microeconomics. I
regularly teach Principles of Microeconomics (101), Natural Resource Economics (464),
Advanced Microeconomics (410/510), and Research Methods (587).
My research interests include environmental policy issues as they relate to firm and
household behavior and valuation of natural resources. Specifically, I study decision
making of electric utilities in response to a sulfur dioxide pollution permit system
implemented as part of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. I have examined technology
diffusion patterns as a result of this regulation and am currently looking at
retirements of older, coal-fired power plants. I am also involved in a multidisciplinary
project tracking the ecological and economic value of urban wetlands in Southern
California. Our research uses a spatial hedonic model to show that residents place
implicit value on this natural resource. We plan to implement additional valuation
techniques that will support these results. Refer to my CV for a list of other current