Every day people and societies make choices about how to improve their well-being. We analyze these decisions.

We teach students to apply data, empirical methods and economic theory to study real-world events. Nearly two-thirds of Amherst graduates have taken our introductory course. We are proud to count two Nobel laureates among our alumni.

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Professor Kate Sims

Prof. Katharine Sims is the co-author with Prof. Jennifer M.Alix-Garcia (University of Wisconsin-Madison) of "Parks versus PES: Evaluating direct and incentive-based land conservation in Mexico" in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.