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If the economics of food and Earth resources fascinates you, the Food and Resource Economics (FRE) program will take your
engagement to a whole new level. In FRE, you’ll critically analyze a wide range of economic and management issues in food supply chains,
including the resource and environmental impacts of food production. Upon graduation, you’ll be well set up to take your
learning into the working world, into UBC’s Master of Food and Resource Economics, or into UBC’s School of Public Policy
and Global Affairs.
Food and Resource Economics (FRE) is a major in itself. Find out more about what’s involved in a FRE degree, including
courses you might take as part of your studies and career possibilities for when you graduate.
Professor, Food and Resource Economics (Jointly appointed with the Sauder School of Business)
James’ research is primarily theoretical. His early work was on farm credit and agricultural insurance markets and commodity futures markets. Following this James worked on various models of industrial organization with a focus on contracting with asymmetric information. Recent work has focused on agri-environmental contracts. Having read over 500 primarily empirical papers as editor of the AJAE, James intends to emphasize empirical applications more and theoretical applications less in future research.
Her current research investigates how the environmental impacts of international trade vary depending on the underlying motive for trade, be it consumers’ quest for novel product varieties or firms’ need for cheap inputs. She is also examining the implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods.
Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Group
I am interested in the impacts of improved market access and property rights on land use and natural resources such as fish stocks, forests and biodiversity. I use mathematical models to guide my empirical analysis and to derive testable predictions. I often collaborate with environmental scientists to better understand and quantify the environmental changes and drivers.
Alongwith my co-authors I ask: at their modest values, do carbon taxes reduce gasoline consumption? Do they encourage people to buy fuel efficient vehicles? Do older consumers, especially women, perform better or worse while negotiating a price for a new car? What are the economics of car sharing—like Car2Go, and Evo? And what explains the autonomous emergence of electric rickshaws in India?
Regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas, world food markets, trade policy, poverty alleviation, food security, rural-urban linkages (note - only considers students with a strong background in economics or agricultural economics)
My intention is not to say don't plant, don't do community gardens, but I don't think it is necessarily in the best interest of Vancouver to push something without informing people of all the considerations they need to make.
I'm very proud to be part of Purdys. I couldn't have predicted when I was going to UBC that I would one day be President of Purdys, but I knew that whatever I was going to do, I was going to love it and be successful at it.