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Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


I received my BA in Economics from Hillsdale College (German and Math Minor). Although I studied Economics, I took several classes in Math and Biology which then led me to Resource Economics. My current research focuses on balancing both economic and sustainable goals in fisheries and water management.

I am fascinated by the effect property rights have on incentives, specifically when applied to resources. I want to explore the effect of defining property rights for natural resources and how that can mitigate wasteful behavior. In the context of fishery management, I want to explore the effect of IFQs and ITQs on common pool problems. In the context of water rights, I would like to explore the effect of pricing systems and rights on incentives in individuals to conserve or adopt conservative practices.

At Hillsdale I was on an academic and vocal scholarship. I received funding for my research with Dr. Steele. I also received funding to attend three economics conferences this past semester. I was asked to lecture on both Water Rights in California and endangered species for several organizations.

When I am not researching, I enjoy running and playing music. I play four instruments and sing, but try to avoid doing all five at once.

Research Assistant Experience

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Charles Steele. I worked on developing a model which would explore the effect of an invasive species (Asian Carp) on recreational and commercial fishing industries in the Great Lakes. The model dealt a lot with uncertainty in an invasive species and the economic impact thereafter. I also researched the Rover Pipeline and energy policy.

Spoken Languages:
German (advanced)


  • BA, Economics (German and Math minor), Hillsdale College, 2018