Dean Lueck

Academic Affiliate
  • PhD in Economics, University of Washington
  • MSc in Environmental Studies, University of Montana
  • BA in Biology, Gonzaga University

Dean Lueck is an Academic Affiliate with Compass Lexecon based in Boston. He is an expert in economics of contracts, economic and industrial organization, law and economics, as well as in environmental and natural resource economics.

At Indiana University, he is Professor of Economics and Director of the Program on Governance of Natural Resources at the Ostrom Workshop.  He is also an Affiliated Professor at the Maurer School of Law.  His areas of research are the economics of contracts and property rights, economic organization, law and economics, and environmental-natural resource economics.  He has been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.  He has served as John M. Olin Faculty Fellow in Law and Economics at the Yale Law School and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto.  He is the co-author (with Douglas W. Allen) of The Nature of the Farm (MIT Press 2003) and a contributing co-editor (with Karen Bradshaw) of Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics Perspectives (Resources for the Future Press, 2012).  He has published numerous articles in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, and the RAND Journal of Economics.  He was a Lone Mountain Fellow at PERC in August 2015 where he worked on the economics of environmental agencies.  His current research projects include the economic behavior of environmental agencies, the economics of land demarcation, and the economics of wildfire management.  He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington, his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and his B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Gonzaga University.  Prior to his academic career he was a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service in McCall, Idaho.