Gordon Rausser
Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
(510) 643-9942

Research Expertise and Interest

biotechnology, environmental policy, resource economics, regulatory policy, bargaining and negotiation theory, futures and options markets, industrial organization and antitrust analysis


Since 1975, Dr. Rausser has pioneered many new areas of economic, statistical and financial research. His extensive publication record includes the recent books "Structuring Public-Private Research Partnerships for Success: Empowering University Partners," (Edward Elgar, 2016); "Political Power and Economic Policy: Theory, Analysis, and Empirical Applications" (Cambridge, 2011); as well as over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and books. He currently serves as editor of the Annual Review of Resource Economics. Dr. Rausser has contributed to the fields of public and regulatory policy; multilateral bargaining and negotiation processes; collective choice and statistical decision theory; design of legal structures to support sound governance; modeling dynamic stochastic processes; and the design of innovative analytical frameworks for natural-resource economics.

More recently, Dr. Rausser has published research in the areas of development economics; commodity markets; plant biotechnology; over-the-counter derivatives; renewable energy; aggregation games; and law and economics. His distinguished research has earned him eighteen national awards and several university awards, including the College of Natural Resources Career Achievement Award. He has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and is a member of many other academic and industry organizations. He has served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors; as Chief Economist of the Agency for International Development, U.S. State Department; and as Dean of the College of Natural Resources.

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