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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Jake Wagner

Jake Wagner


  • Ph.D., Economics, Washington State University, Expected 2020.
    • Advisor: Joseph Cook
    • Fields of Study: Econometrics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • B.A., Economics, Western Washington University, 2016.
  • B.S., Mathematics, Western Washington University, 2016.

Research Interests

  • Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Non-Market Valuation
  • Discrete Choice Econometrics

Working papers

Work in progress

  • Cook, Joseph, Jake Wagner, and Gunnar Newell. 2019. “A decision support tool for rural water supply planning.
  • Wagner, Jake. 2019. “Split incentives and efficient technologies in the rental housing market.”
  • Wagner, Jake, and Joseph Cook. 2019. “Methods to predict rural water demand.”


  • “Split incentives in the rental housing market.” Washington State University Half-Baked Ideas seminar, Pullman, WA, February 2019.
  • “Household demand for water in rural Kenya.” Washington Stat University School of Economic Sciences seminar, Pullman, WA, September 2018.
  • “Causal inference using the American Housing Survey” Washington State University Half-Baked Ideas seminar, Pullman, WA, September 2018

Research Experience

Research Assistant
  • Dr. Joseph Cook, Washington State University, Summer 2018-present
  • Dr. Patrick Jones, Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis at Eastern Washington University, Summer 2015

 Teaching Experience

  • EconS 102 – Fundamentals of Macroeconomics, Washington State University, August 2019
  • EconS 351 – Business Management Economics, Washington State University, Spring 2018 (eval, mean: 4.3, median: 4.0)
  • EconS 351 – Business Management Economics¬† (online), Washington State University, Fall 2017 (eval, mean: 3.8, median: 4.0)
Teaching Assistant
  • EconS 512 – Econometrics II (PhD-level), Washington State University, Fall 2019


  • Referee – Journal of Rural Studies (2019)
  • Leadership – Coordinator of WSU Environmental and Resource Economics Discussion Series (2018-present)