PhD Research - Zack Donohew

Zack is a microeconomist studying the effects of property rights on the management of common-pool resources. His dissertation is on the formation of decentralized management in California's groundwater basins. He developed his interest in environmental and resource management working on the family land in Lone Chimney, Oklahoma. Being surrounded by cattle, oil pumpjacks, and farm ponds got him wondering how the economy affects the environment and how the environment affects the economy. He's now at that environmental economic nexus, asking questions about how formal and informal institutions and property rights can efficiently allocate resources through markets. Still bewildered by the fact that when he's facing the Pacific Ocean he's looking South, in his free time Zack likes to leave Santa Barbara for the mountains and go fly fishing.

Employment Upon Graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Texas A&M University


Property rights and western United States water markets


US Water Transfers Database
Zack was the primary contact and manager of the database for water transactions from 1987-2010.