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Jacob Byl
Jacob Byl
- Assistant Professor - Economics
  • Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • Law, Economics, and Public Choice
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Ph.D. and J.D., Vanderbilt University, Law & Economics, 2015

B.A., Northwestern University, Economics and International Studies, 2005


Dr. Byl conducts research in the intersection of law and economics, often involving environmental topics like the effectiveness of endangered species regulations. He is interested in measuring how people respond to risks, the role of laws in shaping behavior, and effective regulatory policy. His papers have appeared in Ecological Economics, The Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Pace Environmental Law Review. He has also been involved in interdisciplinary science projects studying water quality in Mammoth Cave National Park. Before joining WKU, Dr. Byl was a postdoctoral research fellow at Vanderbilt University, clerked for trial and appellate federal judges, and co-founded an education nonprofit.

Areas of Expertise
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Valuation Studies
  • Econometrics
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