Scholar of the Week
Charles Sims is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and a Faculty Fellow in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. His research involves the management of systems that couple humans and nature and involve uncertainty, with particular emphasis on natural resources, invasive species, endangered species, and public land management.
Sims recently organized and hosted a conference at UT entitled, “Thresholds, Tipping Points, and Random Events in Dynamic Economic Systems.” The conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization with Sims serving as the lead guest editor.
The conference brought scholars from prestigious universities such as Yale, Berkeley, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Some traveled from as far away as Jerusalem, Amsterdam, and Oslo. The papers focused on developing techniques to evaluate policies in settings where the dynamics involve thresholds or tipping points. They covered a diverse set of policy topics including climate change, invasive species, epidemics, and financial crises, as well as policy instruments like solar geoengineering and biological species inspections at ports of entry.
Sims has published twelve articles in refereed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Ecological Economics, and Computational Economics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the USDA Forest Service.