Charles Sims
Faculty Fellow, Baker Center for Public Policy
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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I am currently a Faculty Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee.  I attended the University of Tennessee, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Resource Management and an MS in Forestry, with a minor in Environmental Policy. After spending a year as a Research Associate at the University of Tennessee, I headed west to join the Economics doctoral program at the University of Wyoming. I then spent four years as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics at Utah State University.

My research is in applied microeconomic theory with a focus on management of natural resources, coupled human and natural systems, risk and uncertainty, invasive species, endangered species, public land management, optimal control theory, dynamic programming, real options, computable general equilibrium.

Selected Publications                                                                                     

Sims, C., D. Finnoff, S. O’Regan. 2016. Public control of rational and unpredictable epidemics. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 132(B): 161-176..

Sims, C.
, D. Finnoff. 2016. Opposing irreversibilities and tipping point uncertainty. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
3(4): 985-1022.

Sims, C., D. Aadland, J. Powell, D. Finnoff, and B. Crabb. 2014. Complementarity in the provision of ecosystem services reduces the cost of mitigating amplified natural disturbance events. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(47): 16718-16723.

Sims, C. 2013. Influencing Natural Forest Disturbance Through Timber Harvesting: Tradeoffs Among Disturbance Processes, Forest Values, and Timber Condition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95(4): 992-1008.

Sims, C. and D. Finnoff. 2013. When is a "wait and see" approach to invasive species justified? Resource and Energy Economics 35(3): 235-255.

Sims, C., D. Aadland, D. Finnoff, J. Powell. 2013. How Ecosystem Service Provision Can Increase Forest Mortality from Insect Outbreaks. Land Economics 89(1): 154-176.

Sims, C., D. Finnoff. 2012. The role of spatial scale in the timing of uncertain environmental policy. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. 36(3): 369-382.

Sims, C., D. Aadland, D. Finnoff. 2010. A Dynamic Bioeconomic Analysis of Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemics. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 34(12): 2407-2419.