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Kurt Schnier

Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer & Economics Professor Kurt Schneir
Professional Title: 
Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer & Professor
COB1 351
  • Experimental economics
  • Health economics
Research Interests: 
  • Fisheries
  • Organ donations¬†
  • Health care regulation

Kurt Schnier is a Professor of Economics at UC Merced. His research focuses on conducting policy analysis in the concentrations of health and environmental economics. His research in health economics has focused on the response of physicians and hospitals to current and impeding regulations that impact the provision of health care, the efficient utilization of donated organs and deceased donor organ allocation mechanisms. His environmental economics research has focused on the development of efficient marine resource policy and determining how fishermen respond to current and prospective fisheries policy. Furthermore, he has extensively utilized experimental economic methods to investigate pollution markets, charitable auctions and efficient hospital discharge protocols. In addition to his research, he has received two teaching awards for excellence in the classroom, serves in an advisory panel for two regional fishery management councils, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Science Foundation, Georgia Sea Grant and the United States Department of Agriculture. Professor Schnier received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona. He has served on the faculties of the University of Rhode Island from 2003 to 2008, and Georgia State University from 2008 through 2013.