Erick Peterson


Erick is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate at UC-Irvine. His current research uses game theory and experimental economics to study behavior in common-pool resources. Additional research interests include environmental economics, sustainability, and industrial organization.

Erick graduated from San Diego State University in 2007 with a degree in economics. After graduating he continued at San Diego State earning a masters degree in Applied Economics in 2009.

Growing up in Newport Beach, Erick fell in love with surfing at an early age. Now living in San Diego, he still surfs as much as he can. Using surfers as inspiration, his current research looks at surfers behavior. Specifically, why are surfers are able to maintain high levels of efficiency and cooperation when sharing waves while other people sharing similar resource systems often suffer from inefficient and non-cooperative outcomes?

Erick Peterson’s Papers:

Group Size, Cooperation, and The Surfer’s Dilemma

Waves as a Common Pool Resource


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