C.-Y. Cynthia Lin

Associate Professor
University of California at Davis


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis.

I am an economist with a background in both the natural sciences and the social sciences. I use a variety of economic and econometric methods in my research, including dynamic structural econometric models, structural econometric models of dynamic games, reduced-form econometrics, spatial econometrics, dynamic programming, and optimal control theory. I am interested in a variety of issues, including those related to energy, the environment and natural resources. I enjoy working on projects that are technically sound, innovative, challenging, and that are of interest to academics, business practitioners and policy-makers alike. I would like to make a positive impact on the world.

In college, I pursued a multidisciplinary major in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University and wrote a thesis in atmospheric chemistry that was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize and that culminated in two peer-reviewed journal publications. I continued at Harvard to pursue my Ph.D. in Economics and took my field exams in industrial organization and microeconomic theory (game theory and contract theory). My Ph.D. dissertation received the International Society for New Institutional Economics Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation and the Harvard University Stone Fellow Award for Best Paper Written by a Doctoral Student in Environmental and Resource Policy.

My research has been featured in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Guardian, and Plattís blog. In 2011, I was selected as a UC-Davis Hellman Fellow for promising young faculty who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research.

I am the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics Bay Area Chapter. I am one of the seven economists selected to serve on the California State Controllerís Council of Economic Advisors.

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C.-Y. Cynthia Lin
Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0824 (ph)
(530) 752-5614 (fax)
cclin at primal dot ucdavis dot edu



Last updated: April 7, 2014