Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Economics

The University of Chicago

jessebackstrom@uchicago.edu

(612) 384-9321

About Me

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Economics at The University of Chicago. Prior to my current appointment, I completed my PhD at Texas A&M University, where I developed a wide range of research interests in the fields of energy, environmental, and resource economics, and a passion for studying the unconventional oil and gas industry. My dissertation consisted of three chapters, where I studied two important issues related to water use in hydraulic fracturing in Texas, information and strategic acreage acquisition by upstream oil and gas firms during the early development of the Williston Basin, and marine recreational fishing demand in the Gulf of Mexico.

As a "postdoc," I continue using applied microeconomic methods to study pressing topics related to energy and the environment, including information asymmetries and inequities in oil and gas leasing markets, while also pursuing projects to test the predictions of classical theorems in the resource economics literature in field experiment settings.