PhD Research - Jacob Gellman

BA Economics, University of Puget Sound

Jacob Gellman is a first year PhD student in the Economics and Environmental Science emphasis. He received a BA in Economics from the University of Puget Sound in 2013. His undergraduate research assessed the effects of various land use policies on housing prices using data on 2,700 U.S. cities, highlighting the trade-offs between urban growth policy and housing affordability.    

Professionally, Jacob worked for two years as a Research Assistant for Earth Economics, where he managed data and prepared research on non-market valuation of ecosystem services. He subsequently worked for the Portland-based consulting firm McCullough Research. As a Research Associate, he forecasted energy prices, simulated electricity markets, and studied urban issues using regression analysis. 

Jacob’s research interests include resource economics, ecosystem services, land use, endangered species, urbanization, and energy. He hopes to pursue questions in these fields as part of his PhD research at the Bren School. 

Jacob speaks French fluently. Between academic and professional work, Jacob lived in Le Havre, France for a year, where he taught English to students aged 13 to 15.


Year Admitted: 2017
Research Areas:
Environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics, land use, energy
Faculty Advisor: Social Science Group

Office: Bren Hall 3031
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