Dean Lueck is Director of the Program on Natural Resource Governance at the Ostrom Workshop. He is also Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor at the Maurer School of Law.

He has been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. He has served as John M. Olin Faculty Fellow in Law and Economics at the Yale Law School and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto. He is the coauthor (with Douglas W. Allen) of The Nature of the Farm (MIT Press, 2003) and a contributing coeditor (with Karen Bradshaw) of Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics Perspectives (Resources for the Future Press, 2012). He has published numerous articles in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, and the RAND Journal of Economics. He was a Lone Mountain Fellow at PERC in August 2015 where he worked on the economics of environmental agencies. His current research projects include the economic behavior of environmental agencies, the economics of land demarcation, and the economics of wildfire management. Prior to his academic career, he was a smokejumper with the US Forest Service in McCall, Idaho.


PhD     Economics, University of Washington, 1987
MS      Environmental Studies, University of Montana, 1983
BA      Biology (Magna Cum Laude), Gonzaga University, 1980

Research Fields

Economics of contracts and property rights; economic organization; law and economics; and environmental-natural resource economics