• Associate Professor, Economics Department

Research Statement

My general field is microeconomic theory/mathematical economics. My area of specialization is the theory of exhaustible resource extraction and sustainability. "Theory" here means that I don't use empirical data in my research, just mathematical explorations of exploiting an abstract resource "x". Another interest of mine is the application of the Second Law of Thermodymanics (the "Entropy Law") to Economics (I have a BS in physics). I teach environmental economics (pollution), cost/benefit analysis, non-market valuation techniques, and renewable resource economics at the undergraduate and PhD levels.


I have done applied work on oil and gas severance taxes, on water pricing and water infrastructure in Utah, and on retirement planning in personal finance.

Research Keywords

  • Water Resources, Management or Planning
  • Personal Finance
  • Mineral Resources
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economic Development


  • "The Lake Powell Pipeline: Affordable? Desirable?" Presented to the Executive Water Finance Board, Governor's Office of Management and Budget. The agenda is at . Presentation, Presented, 06/13/2018.
  • "Is the Lake Powell Pipeline Affordable?" (a revised version of the presentation of 9/2016). Venue: 2016 Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, UT. Presentation, Presented, 11/16/2016.
  • "Is the Lake Powell Pipeline Affordable?" University of Utah venue: Moot Courtroom, Law School. Presentation, Presented, 09/21/2016.
  • A Simple Approach to Choice of a Parameter when Stochastic-Decision-Making Errors have Asymmetric Costs. Presentation, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • Initial Yield as a Forecast of Constant-Duration or Constant-Maturity Bond Portfolio Return near Twice Duration. Presentation, Presented, 09/26/2014.
  • Relicts in Economics (& elsewhere). Presentation, Presented, 09/18/2014.
  • Testimony for the Utah House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee supporting HB 98 (Rep. Brian King), "Severance Tax Revisions." I presented my research on the effects of severance tax increases on revenue and oil & gas drilling in Utah. Presentation, Presented, 03/01/2013.
  • Sustainability, Economic Decision-Making, and the Cult Of Optimality: Considering Pragmatic Methodological Diversity. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2010.

Software Titles

  • JAMTimes_newtxmath. A LaTeX macro file modifying the JAMTimes package (expanded (widened) Times-Roman-like fonts for LaTeX used by the Jour­nal d'Anal­yse Mathé­ma­tique) in various ways, among them making the width of plus and minus signs equal to each other, as is standard in Mathematical typesetting. Available at Release Date: 08/02/2015. Inventors: Gabriel A. Lozada (building on the existing JAMTimes and newtexmath LaTeX packages).