Stephen F. Hamilton

Professor of Economics in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dr. Hamilton is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, and holds dual BS degrees in economics and environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara. He has held faculty positions at Kansas State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Central Florida, Toulouse School of Economics, and Cal Poly, where he served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 2005-2017.

Dr. Hamilton has published extensively in academic and professional journals on the application of statistical methods, industrial organization, wholesale and retail market pricing, international trade, environmental and resource economics, and public policy. During his academic career, he has served on panels of the U.S. Department of the Interior Science Advisory Board, and has been awarded over $3 million in Federal grants to fund his research.

Dr. Hamilton has published over 50 articles, proceedings and book chapters and has won numerous awards for teaching and research. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Dr. Hamilton has received international recognition for his research and consulting related to environmental and land use regulation, energy and water markets, antitrust issues, retail market practices, and the valuation of consumer products. His academic and professional honors include receiving the Early Career Award for Faculty Research and Elsevier’s Atlas Award for research with social impact. He has served on the Sustainable Management Panel for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, testified before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and has provided plenary and keynote addresses at prominent international research conferences. He has presented his scholarly work at over 30 national and international conferences and has given invited seminars at over 20 different universities.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Hamilton has twenty years of consulting experience. His consulting engagements have included measurement of economic damages in complex litigation, antitrust cases, market analysis of regulated industries, economic feasibility studies, environmental and land use regulation, forensic economics, groundwater basin management, and portfolio investment modeling. He has provided expert testimony in numerous cases, including the valuation of oil and gas refineries and wind, solar and nuclear energy facilities.