Katharine R.E. Sims
Associate Professor of Economics at Amherst College
Ph.D. Political Economy and Government
Katharine R. E. Sims is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department and affiliate of the Environmental Studies program at Amherst University. Kate uses microeconomic theory and econometric tools to study how land conservation policies simultaneously affect both environmental and economic outcomes. She has studied multiple policies including protected areas, payments for ecosystem services, and local zoning in Thailand, Mexico, and Massachusetts. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She has been a fellow of Harvard’s Environmental Economics and Sustainability Science Programs; and her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and the World Bank’s Impact Evaluation to Development Impact program. Her work on conservation and development has been published in both economics journals and high-impact multidisciplinary journals including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and Conservation Biology. She is passionate about the importance of dialogue between economists and ecologists, and hopes to contribute to conservation policy that protects ecosystems while allowing local economies to flourish. She enjoys integrating her research into teaching, including courses in econometrics, environmental and natural resource economics, and introductory economics with environmental applications.