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Jon Conrad


Warren Hall, Room 431

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1973



Jon M. Conrad is Professor of Resource Economics in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1973. From 1973 through 1977 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1978. He has had visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-author, with Colin Clark, of Natural Resource Economics: Notes and Problems, (Cambridge University Press, 1987), and sole author of Resource Economics, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has published articles in the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, Land Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research focuses on the application of methods for dynamic optimization to the management of natural resources.

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Economics
  • Regional Science


Resource management might be viewed as an exercise in dynamic optimization; how best to use resources over time. I am interested in using mathematical models and methods of dynamic optimization to improve resource allocation.