Jennifer Raynor is a natural resource economist with expertise in fisheries and wildlife management.
Jennifer Raynor is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on natural resource management, with an emphasis on measuring the unintended consequences of rules and regulations. Her work combines theoretical models from economics and ecology with empirical techniques from econometrics and machine learning to measure the economic effects of management actions and inform decision-making. Her topical interests include fisheries and wildlife management, introduced species, marine spatial planning, and human-predator coexistence. Given her interdisciplinary focus, she frequently collaborates with researchers outside of economics and has co-authored publications with biologists, fisheries scientists, statisticians, and data scientists. She believes that recent technological advances can transform the design of conservation policies, leading to more effective and sustainable resource management in the future.
Jennifer Raynor graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics at LeMoyne College. She earned an M.A. in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, followed by an M.S. in Environment and Resources and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been on the faculty at Wesleyan University since 2019. Before moving to academia, she worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service, where she conducted research to inform U.S. fisheries management and policy.