David Sunding  


Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

207 Giannini Hall

Phone    642-8229

Fax        643-8911

David Sunding holds the Thomas J. Graff Chair in Environmental and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, where he is a professor in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. He is a founding director of the Berkeley Water Center and currently serves as the chair of his department.

He has published extensively in the fields of environmental and resource economics, water resources, land use, regulation and law and economics. He has won important awards for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, State of California, and several private foundations.

Prof. Sunding frequently advises on the development and evaluation of environmental and natural resource policies. He has served on panels of the National Academy of Sciences and the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board, and has advised federal agencies and state governments. He is currently assisting the State of California with its development of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

He completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1989. Prior to his current position, he served as a senior economist at President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has been a visiting professor in the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University, and began his career as an assistant professor of economics and law at Boston College. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Econometric Society and the American Law and Economics Association. An avid mountain biker, he lives in Marin County with his wife and two children.


Recent Papers

The Economics of a Centralized Waste Disposal Network, with Steve Hamilton, Thomas Sproul and David Zilbermen, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2014.

An Optimal Deposit-Refund System for Lubricating Oil, with Steve Hamilton, Environmental and Resource Economics, 2014.

Input Price Risk and the Adoption of Conservation Technology, with Karina Schoengold, Agricultural Economics, 2014.

Impacts of Instream Flow Requirements for Freshwater Mussel Species in Texas, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2014.

Conserving Habitat through Regulation of Housing Development: The Case of California Vernal Pools, with Jonathan Terhorst, Land Economics, 2014.

Land Markets and the Value of Water Supply: Hedonic Analysis using Panel Data, with Steven Buck and Max Auffhammer, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014.