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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Profile Information

Reed Watson

Director, Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity
Professor of Practice

Office: 309B Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall
Phone: 8646569524
Email: REED81@clemson.edu
Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/view/reedwatson

 


 Educational Background

  • J.D. Law
    Duke University 2008
  • M.A. Environmental Economics and Policy
    Duke University 2008
  • B.S. Economics
    Clemson University 2004

Courses Taught

  • Why Business? (ECON 2050)
  • Econ Development Projects (ECON 3970)
  • Select Topics in Economics (ECON 4980)
  • Environmental Law and Policy (HON 2200)

Profile

Reed Watson is the Director of the Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity and a Professor of Practice in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University where he facilitates learning, but refuses to teach. At Clemson, he and his burgeoning center are dedicated to understanding how and under what conditions competition in the marketplace advances human flourishing. Watson spent the first part of his career examining the economics of natural resource management, focusing on the legal institutions governing public lands, water, and wildlife resources. His writings have graced or disgraced the pages of several books, academic journals, and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Only once did a reader care enough to send a death threat. Prior to joining Clemson University, Watson was Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to that, he built convenience stores, sold running shoes, and pedaled bicycles for money, but not all at the same time. He is a 2004 graduate of Clemson University and a 2008 graduate of Duke University. With his wife, Kathryn, and sons, Ben and Sam, the Watson family calls Clemson home.

Research Interests

  • Political Economy
  • Property Rights
  • Natural Resources
  • Antitrust
  • Intellectual Property
  • Healthcare Markets

Research Publications

  • "Priming the Invisible Pump of Water Markets." In Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, ed. by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal. Palgrave (2015).
  • "Entrepreneurs: Doing Good While Doing Well." In Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, ed. by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal. Palgrave (2015).
  • "Public Wildlife on Private Land: Unifying the Split Estate to Enhance Trust Resources." 23 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 291-321 (Spring 2013).
  • "Tapping Water Markets." RFF Press an imprint of Taylor and Francis, with Terry Anderson and Brandon Scarborough (2012).
  • "Environmental Federalism: The Optimal Locus of Endangered Species Authority." In The Endangered Species Act and Federalism, ed. by Kaush Arha and Barton H. Thompson. RFF Press, with Terry Anderson (2011).
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