Stephen F. Hamilton


Dr. Hamilton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is recognized internationally for his research and consulting related to consumer retail markets, food and agricultural economics, environmental and land use regulation, energy and water markets, groundwater management, and antitrust. His academic and professional honors include providing plenary and keynote addresses at international conferences, selection as a research fellow in the Rural Development Research Consortium, serving on the sustainable management panel for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and receiving the Early Career Award for Outstanding Faculty Research. Dr. Hamilton has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including the American Economic ReviewThe Review of Economics and StatisticsRAND Journal of EconomicsManagement ScienceJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of International EconomicsInternational Journal of Industrial OrganizationJournal of Environmental Economic and ManagementAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Journal of Law and Economics. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Organization EducationJournal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He has presented his work at over 30 national/international conferences and has given invited seminars at over 20 different universities. A prolific researcher, he has secured over $3.0 million in Federal grants for his research since 2001.

Dr. Hamilton has over twenty years of consulting experience. This experience has included measurement of economic damages, consumer fraud and false advertising, complex commercial litigation, antitrust, market analysis of regulated industries, economic feasibility studies, environmental and land use regulation, forensic economics, groundwater basin management, and portfolio investment modeling. He has testified in numerous matters, including Brown v. The Hain Celestial GroupAllstate Insurance Company et al. v. TCI Leasing, et al., ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. Nicoletti Oil, Inc. et al., and Tula Foods Inc. v. The Kroger Co. and Edgar A. Weber & Company, d/b/a Weber Flavors.

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley, M.S.
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.

Practice Areas
Antitrust and Competition, Class Certification, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals, Valuation of Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Economic Damages, Environment and Energy, Insurance and Healthcare