James Sears

PhD Candidate
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ยท UC Berkeley

James Sears

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  

My research interests include environment and energy economics, public economics, health and urban economics, and applied microeconometrics. Recent topics include social pressure, public shame, and residential water use, COVID-19 stay-at-home policies, travel behavior changes, and resulting health impacts, the interplay between local and federal nutrition assistance, and the effect of reputation on online markets for illicit goods.   

My teaching includes intermediate microeconomics, applied econometrics, and data science for undergraduates, along with intermediate microeconomics and data for decision-making for executive MBAs. I use interactive online resources to teach R and statistics, and create remote content for Haas Digital.

I completed my undergraduate degree in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis and obtained an MS in Applied Economics from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State.