Department of Economics

Jude Bayham

  • Graduated: 2006
  • Field: University Professor

Jude Bayham(opens in new window), who graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Chico State in 2006, is assistant professor of Economics at Colorado State University(opens in new window) in Fort Collins, Colorado.  After graduation he worked for one year as a researcher at Chico State’s Center for Economic Development(opens in new window).  In the Fall of 2007, he moved to Moscow, ID to begin a M.Sc. in Applied Economics at the University of Idaho(opens in new window).  His master’s thesis analyzed the impact of biofuel policy on the U.S. economy.

Jude earned a Ph.D. in Economics with an emphasis on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics(opens in new window) at Washington State University(opens in new window) in 2013. His doctoral research studied the impact of the wild land urban interface on wildfire cost and size. Jude was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies(opens in new window) from 2013 to 2015 when he returned to Chico State as assistant professor of economics.  In 2017 Jude accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University where he is currently teaching.

His current research focuses on the impact of human behavior on infectious disease transmission and natural capital valuation. He also works on economic issues of wildfire management in the wild land urban interface, strategic environmental policy, and biofuel policy. 

“I began my tenure at Chico State pursuing a degree in Web Design and Management Information Systems, but then became interested in Economics” Jude stated in a recent email.  “My work as an Economist relies heavily on economic theory and mathematical modeling. The skills I learned in the Economics Department at Chico State have enabled me to pursue a career researching a diverse and interesting set of topics.”  (Last Updated 4/18/19)