Louis Sears

About me

I’m a PhD Candidate at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. My training is in Natural Resource Economics, with a focus on using dynamic optimization, game theory, and structural econometrics to analyze competition for common pool resources. My graduate research examines the role that property rights institutions can play in promoting more efficient and sustainable use of groundwater resources in California. Prior to graduate school I worked for the International Monetary Fund, where I contributed to research on expenditure policy and to measuring the fiscal and welfare impacts of socially inefficient energy pricing. My work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals like World Development, Sustainability, Water Economics and Policy, and has been covered in popular media including by the New York Times, The Western Farm Press, and Nature. I am currently on the job market looking for positions in which I can add value to organizations through my background and skillset.

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