Ellen Hanak

Senior Fellow
(415) 291-4433
hanak@ppic.org
curriculum vitae

Expertise
• Natural resource management
  Water policy
  Flood control
  Land use policy
  Ecosystem management
• Climate change policy
  State and local policies
  Adaptation strategies
• Public investment strategies
  Transportation planning
  Infrastructure finance

Experience
Co-Director of Research, Public Policy Institute of California (2013). Director of Research, Public Policy Institute of California (2008-2010). Economist and Team Leader, Center for Cooperation in International Research for Agricultural Development (CIRAD), France (1992–2001). Research Fellow, Brookings Institution (1989–1990). Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers (1988–1989). Consultant, World Bank (1982–1988). Researcher, University of Dar es Salaam (1980–1982).

Education
Ph.D. (1992), economics, University of Maryland. M.A. (1981), economics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

PPIC Publications
California's Future (co-authored with Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Caroline Danielson, Ryken Grattet, Joseph Hayes, Laura Hill, Hans Johnson, Shannon McConville, Eric McGhee, Paul Warren, and Margaret Weston ). Public Policy Institute of California, 2014.

California's Future: Climate Change Public Policy Institute of California, 2014.

California's Future: Water Public Policy Institute of California, 2014.

California's Latest Drought (co-authored with Jeffrey Mount and Caitrin Chappelle). Public Policy Institute of California, Just the Facts, 2014.

Paying for Water in California (co-authored with Brian Gray, Jay Lund, David Mitchell, Caitrin Chappelle, Andrew Fahlund, Katrina Jessoe, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Dean Misczynski, James Nachbaur, and Robyn Suddeth). Public Policy Institute of California, 2014.

Costs of Ecosystem Management Actions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (co-authored with Josué Medellín-Azuara, John Durand, William Fleenor, Jay Lund, Peter Moyle, Caitrin Phillips). Public Policy Institute of California, 2013.

Integrated Management of Delta Stressors: Institutional and Legal Options (co-authored with Brian Gray, Barton "Buzz” Thompson, Jay Lund, and Jeffrey Mount). Public Policy Institute of California, 2013.

Scientist and Stakeholder Views on the Delta Ecosystem (co-authored with Caitrin Phillips, Jay Lund, John Durand, Jeffrey Mount, and Peter Moyle). Public Policy Institute of California, 2013.

Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem (co-authored with Jay Lund, John Durand, William Fleenor, Brian Gray, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, Caitrin Phillips, and Barton "Buzz” Thompson). Public Policy Institute of California, 2013.

Aquatic Ecosystem Stressors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (co-authored with Jeffrey Mount, William Bennett, John Durand, William Fleenor, Jay Lund, and Peter Moyle). Public Policy Institute of California, 2012.

California's Water Market, By the Numbers, Update 2012 (co-authored with Elizabeth Stryjewski). Public Policy Institute of California, 2012.

Transitions for the Delta Economy (co-authored with Josué Medellín-Azuara, Richard Howitt, and Jay Lund). Public Policy Institute of California, 2012.

Water and the California Economy (co-authored with Jay Lund, Barton "Buzz” Thompson, W. Bowman Cutter, Brian Gray, David Houston, Richard Howitt, Katrina Jessoe, Gary Libecap, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Sheila Olmstead, Daniel Sumner, David Sunding, Brian Thomas, and Robert Wilkinson). Public Policy Institute of California, 2012.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species (co-authored with Peter Moyle, William Bennett, John Durand, William Fleenor, Brian Gray, Jay Lund, and Jeffrey Mount ). Public Policy Institute of California, 2012.

Driving Change: Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled in California (co-authored with Louise Bedsworth and Jed Kolko). Public Policy Institute of California, 2011.

Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (co-authored with Jay Lund, Ariel Dinar, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, and Barton "Buzz” Thompson). Public Policy Institute of California, 2011.

Views from the Street: Linking Transportation and Land Use (co-authored with Louise Bedsworth and Elizabeth Stryjewski). Public Policy Institute of California, 2011.

California Water Myths (co-authored with Jay Lund, Ariel Dinar, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, and Barton "Buzz” Thompson). Public Policy Institute of California, 2009.

Paying for Infrastructure: California's Choices Public Policy Institute of California, 2009.

Adapting California’s Water Management to Climate Change (co-authored with Jay Lund). Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.

California Coastal Management with a Changing Climate (co-authored with Georgina Moreno). Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.

Climate Policy at the Local Level: A Survey of California’s Cities and Counties (co-authored with Louise Bedsworth, Sarah Swanbeck, and Joanna Malaczynski). Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.

Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (co-authored with Jay Lund, William Fleenor, William Bennett, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, and Peter Moyle). Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.

Financing Infrastructure Public Policy Institute of California, Just the Facts, 2008.

Flood Control Public Policy Institute of California, Just the Facts, 2008.

Preparing California for a Changing Climate (co-authored with Louise Bedsworth). Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.

Transportation Systems Public Policy Institute of California, Just the Facts, 2008.

Water Supply and Quality Public Policy Institute of California, Just the Facts, 2008.

Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (co-authored with Jay Lund, William Fleenor, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, and Peter Moyle).  Public Policy Institute of California, 2007.

California Economic Policy Vol. 2, No. 2, "Lawns and Water Demand in California" (co-authored with Matthew Davis). Public Policy Institute of California, 2006.

California 2025: It's Your Choice (co-authored with Mark Baldassare). Public Policy Institute of California, 2005.

"Sizing Up the Challenge: California's Infrastructure Needs and Tradeoffs” (co-authored with Elisa Barbour) in Ellen Hanak and Mark Baldassare, ed., California 2025: Taking on the Future. Public Policy Institute of California, 2005, pp. 113-156.

Sizing Up the Challenge: California’s Infrastructure Needs and Tradeoffs (co-authored with Elisa Barbour). Public Policy Institute of California, Occasional Paper, 2005.

Water for Growth: California's New Frontier Public Policy Institute of California, 2005.

Water Supply and Growth in California: A Survey of City and County Land-Use Planners (co-authored with Antonina Simeti). Public Policy Institute of California, Occasional Paper, 2004.

Who Should Be Allowed to Sell Water in California? Third-Party Issues and the Water Market Public Policy Institute of California, 2003.

California's Water Market, By the Numbers Public Policy Institute of California, Occasional Paper, 2002.

Other Selected Publications
"Climate Change and Housing Prices: Hedonic Estimates for Ski Resorts in Western North America,” Land Economics (forthcoming) (with Van Butsic and Rob Valletta).

"State Infrastructure Spending and the Federal Stimulus Package,” National Tax Journal, Vol. LXII (3), September 2009.

"Linking Housing Growth to Water Supply: New Planning Frontiers in the American West,” (with Margaret K. Browne), Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 72(2), Spring 2006.