Hi, my name is

Brant Walker.

A small town Iowan passionate about understanding economic decision making in environmental settings.

About Me

I am a Pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, based at the University of California, Berkeley, where I work with Professor Joseph Shapiro. Previously, I worked at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research, and the University of Mannheim. I graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics in 2021.

My fields of interest are environmental/public economics, industrial organization, and health. In general, I focus on incentives in environmental settings. These incentives are created by interactions of natural resource availability, instutitutional policy, and market structures.

I will be attending Yale University’s School of the Environment starting in Fall 2024 as an NSF Graduate Student Fellow.


2023 - Present: Pre-doctoral Research Fellow at National Bureau of Economic Research, University of California, Berkeley.
2022 - 2023: Research Fellow at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research.
2021 - 2022: Fulbright Research Fellow at Univerist├Ąt Mannheim.
2020 - 2021: Undergraduate Research Fellow at Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates.
2020 - 2021: Research Fellow at Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa.

Honors, Awards, Grants

2022: Fulbright Research Grant - Economics.
2021: George S. Schaeffer Scholarship in Science. University of Iowa.
2021: Dare to Discover - Excellence in Research. University of Iowa.
2021: Phi Beta Kappa. University of Iowa.
2020: Research Grant. Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates. $4500
2020: Research Grant. Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. $1500


“Are Earmarks Equally Targeted: Evidence from US Drinking Water”, 2024. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. (with David A. Keiser, Bhashkar Mazumder, David Molitor, and Joseph S. Shapiro).

Other interests

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, camping, long-distance running, and generally breathing fresh air. Also, I play ice-hockey 1-3 times a week and occassionally attend chess clubs.


2017 - 2021
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Economics
Univeristy of Iowa
GPA: 4.0 out of 4.0

Graduated with

  • Highest Distinction (top 2% of class)
  • Honors in Economics
  • Dare to Discover - Excellence in Research
  • Minor in Philosophy
2021 - 2022
Fulbright Research Grant
Univerist├Ąt Mannheim

Participated in graduate economics courses and reading groups responding to frontier papers in a “Referee Report” format.

Attended and presented at Environmental Economics Seminar/Workshop.

2022 - 2023
SIEPR Program
Stanford University

Non-matriculated graduate student.

Attended Industrial Organization and Public & Environmental Seminars.

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