Assistant Professor of Economics
Joined Connecticut College: 2014
Ph.D., University of California, Davis; M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; B.A., B.S., Nankai University, China
Environmental economics and policy
Agricultural economics and policy
Wei Zhang joined the Connecticut College faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Economics, having taught previously at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and University of California, Davis.
Wei is interested in the decision making of firms and farms under government policies, especially environmental policies, and how these policies affect their economic performance. Her recent research is on the economics of environmental regulation of agricultural and food production, with a focus on the dairy industry in California. In addition, she has studied environmental regulations in other contexts, including the responses of financially distressed firms to an incentive-based environmental policy, the implications of an E10 ethanol-blend policy for California, and the impacts on air quality of driving restrictions implemented in cities in Latin America and China.
She will teach Environmental Economics in Fall 2014, and Econometrics I and Seminar in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics in Spring 2015.
Lin, C.-Y. Cynthia, Wei Zhang, Omid Rouhani, and Lea Prince. The Implications of An E10 Ethanol-Blend Policy for California. Agricultural and Resource Economics Update, 13 (2), 1-4. 2009
Stanlund, John and Wei Zhang. Bankruptcy Risk, Limited Liability and Imperfectly Enforced Emissions Taxes. Economics Bulletin, 29(4), 3134-3146.
Selected Presentation, Occasional California Workshop in Environmental and Resource Economics, Santa Barbara, California, September 12–13, 2013
Selected Presentation, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), 2013 AAEA & CAES Joint Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 4–6, 2013
Selected Presentation, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), 2nd Annual Summer Conference, Asheville, North Carolina, June 3–5, 2012
Selected Presentation, Western Economic Association International (WEAI), 87th Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June 29–July 3, 2012