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Dr. Jesse D. Backstrom

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Office AG 305<br>512-245-0250<br><br>

Assistant Professor of Applied Economics

Dr. Backstrom joined Texas State University in August 2021. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Backstrom completed his Ph.D. in 2019 at Texas A&M University, where his research focused on topics in the fields of energy, environmental, resource economics, and experimental economics. Dr. Backstrom then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago, working on field experiments focused on auction markets, intellectual property protection in agriculture, and charitable giving. His hobbies include fishing, playing basketball, visiting new baseball stadiums, the Minnesota Vikings, speaking Spanish, collecting sports cards, traveling to the best beaches, and spending time helping on his grandparents' farm in Wisconsin.


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 2019

M.S., Economics, Utah State University, 2014

B.A., Economics; BS, Environmental Science, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2012

Courses taught:

  • International Food & Fiber Systems (AG 3319)
  • Agricultural Marketing & Sales (AG 3351)
  • International Agricultural Trade (AG 3355)
  • Agricultural Finance (AG 4380)
  • Agricultural Policy (AG 4381)
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (AG 4383)

Research fields:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Energy, Environmental, & Resource Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Public Economics

Research topics:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Non-Market Valuation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Information
  • Bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Asset Markets
  • Auctions
  • Charitable Giving