Garrett Milam

Professor and Chair, Economics

BS, California Polytechnic State University, 1996
MA, PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1998, 2002

Garrett Milam teaches Game Theory, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Microeconomic Theory, and Contemporary Economics.  His research interests involve the utilization of laboratory experiments to explore the structure and performance of market institutions, with a particular focus on policy-derived changes to or creation of property rights.  A recent focus has been in the area of market based land use and conservation policy in the Puget Sound region.


Prof. Milam is involved in the university's Civic Scholarship Project, which has led him to engage regional policy makers regarding the design of policies related to transferable development rights (TDR) for land use management.  Current empirical work involves a laboratory investigation of auction market institutions for use in such land use arenas.


  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Senior Thesis Seminar

Personal Interests

  • Hiking/backpacking
  • Cycling
  • Fly fishing
  • Homebrewing
  • Baseball