Matt Reimer

Assistant Professor of Economics


Research: Natural resource economics; fisheries policy; bioeconomic modeling

  • University of California-Davis, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ph.D., 2012
  • University of Calgary, Economics, B.A. (first class honors), 2008

2013-present Assistant Professor of Economics, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Department of Economics and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage.
2016-present Adjunct Faculty, Fisheries, Aquatic Science and Technology Laboratory, Alaska Pacific University.
2013-present Member, Scientific and Statistical Committee, North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
2017-present Member, Scientific Panel, North Pacific Research Board.
2017-present Member, Social Science Planning Team, North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
2012 Pre-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy, Arizona State University.

Matt Reimer is an Assistant Professor at ISER and the Economics Department and has been at UAA since January 2013. Matt teaches natural resource economics and methods for public policy evaluation to undergraduate economics students. His research focuses on coupled natural and human systems with an emphasis on understanding how institutions affect human behavior and the implications for managing resources. His recent research includes: exploring changes in fishing practices and bycatch prompted by the introduction of new regulatory structures in North Pacific fisheries; exploring the drivers of fishing community dynamics in Alaska; assessing the economic impacts of marine protected areas; conducting field experiments to examine the role of institutions for small-scale fishery management in rural Tanzania; and designing decision support tools for adaptive management of Bristol Bay salmon fisheries and humpback chub populations in the Colorado River. Matt also serves on the Science and Statistical Committee for the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which provides scientific advice to the Council on the policy and management decisions it must make. When he’s not working, Matt enjoys numerous outdoor activities such as mountain and road biking, skiing, and trail running.

Selected Publications:
  • Schoen, E., Wipfli, M., Trammel, J., Rinella, D., Floyd, A., Grunblatt J., McCarthy, M., Meyer, B., Morton, J., Powell, J., Prakash, A., Reimer, M.N., Stuefer, S., Toniolo, H., Wells, B., Witmer F. “Future of Pacific Salmon in the Face of Change: Lessons from One of the Few Remaining Productive Salmon Regions.” Conditionally Accepted at Fisheries.
  • MacColl, S., Onyango, P., Reimer, M.N., Stopnitzky, Y. “Unintended Consequences of Enforcement in a Cooperative Institution: Experimental Evidence from Tanzanian Fishers.” Conditionally Accepted at Ocean and Coastal Management.
  • Reimer, M.N., Guettabi, M., Tanaka, C. (2017) “Short-Run Impacts of a Severance Tax Change: Evidence from Alaska.” Energy Policy, 107, 448-458.
  • Reimer, M.N., Abbott, J.K., Wilen, J.E. (2017) “Fisheries Production: Spatial Choice, Management Institutions, and the Quest for Policy Invariance.” Marine Resource Economics, 32(2), 143-168.
  • Reimer, M.N., Abbott, J.K., Haynie, A.C. (2017) “Empirical Models of Fisheries Production: Conflating Technology with Incentives?” Marine Resource Economics, 32(2), 169-190.
  • Abbott, J.K., Haynie, A., Reimer, M.N. (2015) “Hidden Flexibilities: Institutions, Incentives, and the Margins of Selectivity in Fishing.” Land Economics, 91(1), 169-195.
  • Reimer, M.N., Abbott J.K., Wilen, J.E. (2014) “Unraveling the Multiple Margins of Rent Generation from Individual Transferable Quotas.” Land Economics, 90(3), 538-559.
  • Sethi, S.A., Reimer, M.N., Knapp, G. (2014) “Alaskan Fishing Community Revenues and the Stabilizing Role of Fishing Portfolios.” Marine Policy. 48, 134-141.
  • Reimer, M.N., Wilen, J.E. (2013) “Regulated Open Access and Regulated Restricted Access Fisheries.” In J. Shogren (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Energy, Resource, and Environmental Economics, 215-223, Elsevier Science.
Working Papers:
  • Bair, L.S., Yackulic, C.B., Springborn, M.R., Reimer, M.N., Bond, C.B., Coggins, L.G. “Identifying Cost-Effective Invasive Species Control Strategies to Enhance Endangered Species Population Abundance.” Under Review.
  • Reimer, M.N., Haynie, A. “Mechanisms Matter for Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Marine Reserves.” Revise and Resubmit.
Selected Presentations: Ongoing Research Funding:
  • “Socioeconomic Impacts of Fisheries Management Changes: Connecting Fishery Policies to Fishing Portfolios.” North Pacific Research Board. PI: Matthew Reimer, Co-PIs: Kailin Kroetz (Resources for the Future), James Sanchirico (University of California Davis), Daniel Lew (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), $308,528. 2017-2020.
  • “Network Analysis of the Dynamic Evolution of Alaska Fishing Portfolios.” ECS Federal, Inc., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. PI: Kailin Kroetz (Resources for the Future). Co-PIs: Matthew Reimer, James Sanchirico (University of California Davis), Daniel Lew (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center). $44,500. 2016-2017.
  • “Changing the Paradigm of Halibut Management in Alaska.” NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program. PI: Courtney Carothers (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Co-PI: Matthew Reimer. $296,984. 2016- 2018.
  • “Reducing the Prohibited Species Catch of Pacific Halibut: A Prospective Analysis of Fleet Behavior in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries.” North Pacific Research Board. PI: Matthew Reimer, Co-PIs: Joshua Abbott (Arizona State University), Alan Haynie (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), $236,685. 2016- 2019.
  • “Applied Decision Methods for the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program.” Southwest Biological Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. PI: Matthew Reimer. $43,500. 2015- 2017.
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Curriculum Vitae: Matt Reimer's Vita (PDF, 533KB)

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