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Bryan Leonard

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Bryan Leonard's research focuses on the evolution and performance of different institutional responses to natural resource and environmental problems, with emphasis on how formal and informal property rights affect coordination and collective action for managing natural resources. He studies how the structure of property rights is shaped by the benefits and costs of defining and enforcing rights along various dimensions and assesses the long-term economic effects of institutional innovations in the definition of property rights. His research combines models of natural resource use and the institutional and legal settings in which property rights emerge with econometric analysis of historic and modern data sets created using GIS.

Education: 
  • PhD, Economics, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2016
  • MS, Economics, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2013
  • MS, Applied Economics, Montana State University, 2012
  • BA, Economics, Hillsdale College, 2010
Publications: 

Who Gets What from Fisheries Reform?
with Josh Abbott and Brian Garber-Yonts.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Forthcoming 2021.

Property Right Acquisition and Path Dependence: Nineteenth-Century Land Policy and Modern Economic Outcomes.
with Douglas W. Allen.
Economic Journal. Forthcoming 2021.

Canals, Climate, and Corruption: The Provisioning of Public Infrastructure under Uncertainty.
with Sechindra Vallury.
Economics and Politics. Forthcoming 2021.

Allow "Non-Use" Rights to Conserve Natural Resources.
with Shawn Regan, Christopher Costello, Dominic Parker, Kerry Smith, Andrew Plantinga, Jim Salzman, and Temple Stoellinger.
Science. 2021.

Individualistic Culture Increases Economic Mobility in the United States
with Steven M. Smith.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2021.

Ownership Fragmentation and Natural Resource Use: Evidence from the Bakken.
with Dominic Parker
Economic Journal. 2021.

Secured Transactions Laws and Economic Development on American Indian Reservations.
with Donna Feir, Christian Dippel, and Marc Roark
AEA Papers and Proceedings. 2021.

Stranded Land Constrains Public Land Management and Contributes to Larger Fires.
with Andrew Plantinga and Matt Wibbenmeyer.
Environmental Research Letters. 2021.

Not-So-Natural Experiments in History.
with Christian Dippel
Journal of Historical Political Economy. 2021.

Harnessing Visitors’ Enthusiasm for National Parks to Fund Cooperative Large Landscape Conservation.
with Arthur Middleton, Temple Stoellinger, Harshad Karandikar, Holly Doremus, and Claire Kremen
Conservation Science & Practice. 2021.

Land Quality, Land Rights, and Indigenous Poverty.
with Dominic Parker and Terry Anderson
Journal of Development Economics. 2020.

The Economics of Indigenous Water Claim Settlements in the American West.
with Eric Edwards and Leslie Sanchez
Environmental Research Letters. 2020.

Rationing by Racing and the Oklahoma Land Rushes.
with Douglas W. Allen
Journal of Institutional Economics. 2020.

Virtual Parceling.
with Karen Bradshaw
International Journal of the Commons. 2020

Agricultural Water Governance in the Desert: Shifting Risks in Central Arizona.
with Abigail York, Hallie Eakin, Julia Bausch, Skaidra Smith-Heisters, Marty Anderies, Rimjhim Aggarwal, and Katherine Wright
Water Alternatives. 2020.

Collective Action by Contract: Prior Appropriation and the Development of Irrigation in the Western United States (NBER WP #22185).
with Gary D. Libecap
Journal of Law and Economics. 2019.

Expanding Water Markets in the Western United States: Barriers and Lessons from Other Natural Resource Markets.
with Christopher Costello and Gary D. Libecap.
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 2019.

How Many Rushed During the Oklahoma Land Openings?
with Douglas W. Allen
Cliometrica. 2019.

Legal and Institutional Barriers to Establishing Non-Use Rights to Natural Resources.
with Shawn Regan
Natural Resources Journal. 2019.

Endogenous First-Possession Property Rights in Open Access Resources.
with Gary D. Libecap
Iowa Law Review. 2015.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 592Research
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 792Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 529Sem in Environ and Sust Econ
SOS 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 325Economics of Sustainability
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 591Seminar
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