Brian D. Wright, Ph.D.
Dr. Wright is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley he was Assistant and Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Yale University. At these two institutions he has taught a range of subjects including microeconomics, public finance, economic development, modeling of energy and natural resources, and agricultural economics and policy. He has published widely in major journals on a wide range of topics including public finance, international taxation, project evaluation, commodity models and price stabilization, monopoly and hoarding, risk management and hedging with futures, options, commodity bonds and sovereign debt, economics of research and development, patents and patent licensing, and conservation and valuation of genetic resources.
Dr. Wright's expert witness work includes cases involving land condemnation (taking), antitrust, patent infringement, patent licensing, age discrimination and the valuation of foregone income and pension rights, in venues including federal courts, the California State court, and the New Zealand High Court. He has also researched other cases involving commodity market manipulation, and allegations of dumping of electronics imports. He has served as a consultant or advisor to the World Bank, the Department of Commerce, the Agency for International Development, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the Commonwealth Caribbean Community, EMBRAPA (Brasil), amd private consulting firms.
Dr. Wright received his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University which he attended on one of two annual Frank Knox Fellowships for students from Australia, where he received his First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Economics and the University Medal from the University of New England.