James E. Wilen

  • Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics

2011 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Publication of Enduring Quality

2009, 2004, 2000, 1998 American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Quality of Research Award

2004 University of California Davis Graduate Mentor Award

1998 Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Published Research Award

1998 AAEA Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award


ARE 147 – Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Economics 1A; enrollment open to non-majors only. Natural resource use problems with emphasis on past and current policies and institutions affecting resource use; determinants, principles, and patterns of natural resource use; property rights; conservation; private and public resource use problems; and public issues.

ARE 254 – Dynamic Optimization Techniques

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 253 and elementary knowledge of ordinary differential equations. Necessary and sufficient conditions in the calculus of variations and optimal control, economic interpretations, the dynamic envelope theorem and transversality conditions, infinite horizon problems and phase diagrams, local stability and comparative statics of the steady state, comparative dynamics.

ARE 277 – Natural Resource Economics

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 254 or consent of instructor. Application of capital theory and dynamic methods to issues of optimal use of renewable and nonrenewable resources. Examination of policy issues associated with forests, fisheries, groundwater, energy resources, watersheds, soil, global climate, and wildlife.

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