Inaugural Lecture of Sarah West as G. Theodore Mitau Professor of Economics
- 5:45 PM
Thursday Mar 8, 2018
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Sarah West endowed chair event
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Sarah E. West is the G. Theodore Mitau Professor of Economics at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she has taught since 1999. An environmental and public finance economist, she studies the behavioral and equity effects of policies for the reduction of vehicle pollution. West also conducts research on the demand for fuel economy, the value of open space in urban areas, and the effect of public transit on land use and property values. Her work has been published in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, National Tax Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and in the American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings. She co-edited the book Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (Springer Press, 2005). Her research has been supported by the Public Policy Institute of California, the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
West is a member of the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and serves as Secretary of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. An award-winning teacher, she has supervised many prize-winning honors theses and has co-authored publications with Macalester undergraduates.
West graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College with a BA in International Studies and Spanish (1991), received a Foreign Languages and Area Studies fellowship from the U.S. government to complete an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (1994), and earned an MS (1997) and a PhD in Economics (1999), also from the University of Texas at Austin.
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