Dominic Parker is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Parker is an associate professor in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, and a regular faculty lecturer at the Ronald Coase Institute and the Elinor Ostrom Workshop. He is a coeditor at Land Economics and an editorial board member at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Dr. Parker’s research spans topics in natural resource, environmental, and development economics. It includes studies of conflict minerals, oil booms and busts, land use and conservation, fishery and wildlife regulation, and indigenous economies. This research focuses on the role that property rights, governance, and institutions play in affecting the extent to which societies and individuals benefit from their natural resource endowments.
Parker studies the effectiveness of government policies toward natural resources, ranging from the tax treatment of conservation easements to the management of endangered wildlife. His research on the unintended consequences of US regulations over “conflict minerals” from Africa was featured in diverse press outlets including BBC News, Wall Street Journal, Reason Magazine, and Mother Jones. Based on it, Parker was asked to testify before a US Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee and to join an OECD advisory panel on global supply chain issues related to the “responsible” sourcing of natural resources.
Parker also contributes research to the Hoover Project on Renewing Indigenous Economies. His most recent articles, published in the Economic Journal and the Journal of Development Economics, focus on identifying some of the causes and consequences of fragmented and incomplete property rights to land and minerals on American Indian reservations. His earlier research, published in the Journal of Law & Economics, studied the historical effects of tribal judicial sovereignty on reservation economies.