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Randy T. Simmons

Randy Simmons

Professor

Department(s):
  • Economics and Finance Department


Educational Background

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oregon, 1980 Emphasis: Public Choice
MA, Political Science, University of Oregon, 1978
BS, Political Science, Utah State University, 1975

Biography

Randy T. Simmons received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1980. He is Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Political Economy in the department of economics and finance at Utah State University. Previously he was head of the department of political science at Utah State University. Simmons offers a unique view of political economy having been trained in political economy and having spent ten years in city government, four of them as mayor. Simmons is a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center as well as the Independent Institute. His book, Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure (2nd edition, 2012) is a primer on public choice theory and practice. His 2012 co-authored book Green vs. Greenexamines how local green activists use green ordinances to stop green energy development—a kind of green government failure. His co-edited book Aquanomics: Water Markets and the Environment (2011) shows how water markets are far superior to government water regulations and controls. His most recent book is Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment (2016), an analysis of the politics of ecology and the ecology of politics.
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Awards

Teacher of the Year - 2014

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Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Simmons, R., Yonk, R., Sim, K.J, (2016). Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment. Independent Institute
    • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, B.C, (2013). Green vs. Green: The Political, Legal, and Administrative Pitfalls Facing Green Energy Production.. Routledge *
    • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Steed, B.C, (2013). Green vs. Green: The Political, Legal, and Administrative Pitfalls Facing Green Energy Production. Routledge Press
    • Simmons, R., Gardner, B.D, (2012). Aquanomics: Water Markets and the Environment. Transaction Publishers *
    • Simmons, R., (2011). Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure. Independent Institute Press *
    • Book Chapters

    • Fawson, C., Simmons, R., Yonk, R., Hopkinson, S., Kuratko, D.F, (2015). Curricular and Programmatic Innovation at the Intersection of Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship: The Challenges of Ethics and Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment. Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    • Simmons, R., Lee, D.R, (2013). Public Choice Past and Present: The Legacy of James M. Buchanan and Gordon Tullock: Public Choice and Public Life. Springer

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., Martin, R., (2016). Boon or Bust: Wilderness Designation and Local Economies. Journal of Private Enterprise, 31:3, 1.
        • Yonk, R., Hansen, M., Simmons, R., (2016). The Regulatory Noose: Logan City’s Adventures in Micro-Hydropower. Energies, 9:7, 482. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en9070482
        • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., Martin, R.C, (2016). The Local Impact of Wilderness: An Over-time Analysis of Wilderness Designation on Local Economies. Journal of Private Enterprise, 31:3, 1-19.
        • Simmons, R., Yonk, R., (2015). The empty intersection: why so little public choice in political science?. Public Choice, 164:1-2, 45–56.
        • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2014). Planning is Political; Except when it isn′ t. California Journal of Politics and Policy, 6:4, 599–613. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5070/P2BC7Khttp://escholarship.org/uc/item/0586q4nw
        • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Steed, B.C, (2014). Politics, Economics, and Federal Land Designation: Assessing the Economic Impact of Land Protection—Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Mountain Plains Journal of Business and Economics, 15
        • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Groberg, D.S, (2014). Extreme Vote Makeover: The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in the Oakland City Elections. Journal of Politics and Law , 7:2, 23.
        • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Steed, B.C, Tufte, D., (2013). Politics, Economics, and Federal Land Designation: Assessing the Economic Impact of Land Production. Mountain Plains Journal of Business and Economics, 14:2014
        • Simmons, R., Shughart III, W., (2012). Public Choice and Public Life. Public Choice, 303-309. doi: DOI 10,107/s11127-012-9968-2
        • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Johnson, D., (2011). Trading Places: The Effect of Voting Systems On Multicandidate Elections. Public Choice, 146:3, 341-351. doi: 10.1007/s11127-010-9593-x
        • Simmons, R., (2011). Trading Places: Effects of voting systems on multicandidate elections. Public Choice, 146:3-4, 341-351.
        • Simmons, R., Yonk, R., Thomas, D., (2010). Bootleggers, Baptists, and political entrepreneurs: key players in the rational game and morality play of regulatory politics. The Independent Review, 15:3, 367–381.
        • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Thomas, D., (2010). Bootlegger, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs. The Independent Review, 15:3, 367-381.
        • Simmons, R., Why Democracy Means Much more than Voting. Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life, IV, 16. *
        • Professional Journal

        • Simmons, R., Shughart III, W., (2014). Property and markets in Elmer Kelton Novels. Public Choice, 158:1-2, 11-19. doi: 10.1007/s11127-013-0122-6

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, (2013). Economic Impacts of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance on Local Communities. Institute of Political Economy, USU *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, (2013). Energy and National Monuments. Institute of Political Economy, USU *
            • Simmons, R., (2013). The Role of Oil and Gas and Amenities in County Economic Development. American Petroleum Institute
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, (2012). Conservation and Economic Growth. Institute of Political Economy, USU *
            • Simmons, R., (2011). 2011 Cost of Government Report. *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Criddle, R., (2011). Considering Privatization: State Parks, Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, and Department of Transportation. Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics, Utah State University *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, (2011). The Price of Government: Utah 2009. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Simmons, R., (2010). 2012 Cost of Government Report. *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Fawson, C., (2010). Quality of LIfe: Building an Index. Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Fawson, C., (2010). Quality of LIfe: Building an Index. Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics *
            • Simmons, R., (2010). Quality of Life: Building an Index. *
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, Martin, R.C, (2010). The Price of Government: Utah 2008. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Simmons, R., (2009). Public Lands and Rural Education. Utah State University, Logan, UT *
            • Simmons, R., Fawson, C., Roberta, H.Q, (2009). Public Lands and Rural Education. Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics
            • Simmons, R., (2008). The Price of Government; in Cache Counties, Cities, and Towns. *
            • Simmons, R., (2006). Federal Lands and Health Care Markets in the Rural West. Utah State University, Logan, UT *
            • Other Reports

            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2016). Cost of City Governments – Fiscal Year 2015. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2015). Cost of City Governments – Fiscal Year 2015. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Yonk, R., Lofthouse, J., Simmons, R., (2015). EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT. Strata Policy
            • Simmons, R., Yonk, R., Brough, T., Fishbeck, J., (2015). Renewable Portfolio Standard Series. Institute of Political Economy
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2015). Cost of County Governments – Fiscal Year 2013. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Stevens, L., Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2015). Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard. Institute of Political Economy
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Lofthouse, J., (2015). Reliability of Renewable Energy. Institute of Political Economy
            • Sim, K., Lofthouse, J., Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Steward, A., (2014). Options for the Monetization of the Elliot State Forest. Institute of Political Economy
            • Sim, K., Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2013). SHARING RENEWABLE ENERGY PAYMENTS: HR 596. Institute of Political Economy *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2013). Economic Impacts of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance on Local Communities. Institute of Political Economy and Institute of Policy Analysis *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Hilton, N., Larsen, J., Hunt, J.C, (2013). The Role of Oil and Gas Amenities in County Economic Development. The American Petroleum Institute
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., White, K., (2012). 2011 Cost of Government Report. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., (2012). Public Lands and the Political, Economic, and Social Structure of Western Counties. The Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Harris, K., (2012). Understanding the Economic Impacts of WildEarth Guardian Litigation. The Institute of Political Economy USU & Institute of Policy Analysis SUU *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2012). Renewable Energy Siting and Transmission Resource Requirements. The Institute of Political Economy *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Criddle, R., (2011). Considering Privatization: State Parks, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Department of Transportation. The Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics *
            • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., (2011). Energy Regulation: Impacting traditional and green energy proejcts. The Center for Public Lands And Rural Economics
            • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., (2011). Treasured Landscapes and Energy Resources. The Center for Public Lands And Rural Economics
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2011). Utah Broadband Access. The Center for Public Lands And Rural Economics
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Martin, R.C, (2010). The Price of Government in the State of Utah 2009. Utah Taxpayers Association *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Fawson, C., (2010). Rural Quality of Life: An Index. The Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., Martin, R.C, (2010). 2010 Cost of Government Report. The Utah Taxpayers *
            • Simmons, R., Fawson, C., Herzberg, R.L, Yonk, R., (2009). Public Lands and Rural Education. The Institute of Political Economy *
            • Yonk, R., Simmons, R., (2008). The Price of Government; in Cache Counties Cities and Towns. The Institute of Political Economy *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Magazine/Trade Publication

              • Simmons, R., Yonk, R.M, (2013). The Politics of Need. Townhall *
              • Simmons, R., (2013). Why a Carbon Tax Won't Work. National Journal *
              • Yonk, R., Steed, B.C, Simmons, R., (2011). The Economic Costs of Wilderness. Environmental Trends: Pacific Research Institute
              • Newspaper

              • Simmons, R., Patty, G., (2014). Saudis use markets, environmentalists use regulations. The Hill *
              • Simmons, R., Wardle, A., (2014). Congress Should not Revive the Failed Policy of Subsidizing Wind Farms. The Conversation *
              • Simmons, R., (2014). California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure.. The Conversation *
              • Simmons, R., Lofthouse, J., (2014). Equal Access to Justice. The Hill *
              • Simmons, R., (2014). Greater Canyonlands Should not be an Economic Decision. Provo Daily Herald *
              • Other

              • Simmons, R., (2007). What Matters for Collective Action? A Case Study of the American West. M.S. Thesis, Dept. of Political Science, Utah State University, Logan, UT *
              • Simmons, R., (2007). What does Green Money Buy?. M.S. Thesis, Dept. of Political Science, Utah State University, Logan, UT *

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Scheduled Teaching

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2018

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2018

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2017

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2017

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2017

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2017

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2016

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2016

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2015

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2015

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2014

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2014

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Spring 2014

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2014

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2014

              ECN 6250 - Graduate Internship, Fall 2013

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2013

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2013

              ECN 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2013

              ECN 6910 - Independent Research, Summer 2013

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Spring 2013

              ECN 6910 - Independent Research, Spring 2013

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Spring 2013

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Fall 2012

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Fall 2012

              ECN 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2012

              ECN 6250 - Graduate Internship, Fall 2012

              ECN 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2012

              ECN 6970 - Thesis Research, Summer 2012

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Spring 2012

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Spring 2012

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Fall 2011

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Fall 2011

              BUS 1000 - Business by Design, Fall 2011

              ECN 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Spring 2011

              ECN 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Spring 2011

              ECN 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Spring 2011

              ECN 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Spring 2011

              POLS 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Spring 2011

              ECN 6310 - MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS, Spring 2011

              ECN 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Fall 2010

              ECN 1500 - Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles, Fall 2010

              ECN 5500 - Public Finance, Fall 2010

              ECN 5500 - PUBLIC FINANCE, Fall 2010

              ECN 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Spring 2010

              ECN 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Spring 2010

              ECN 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Fall 2009

              ECN 5500 - PUBLIC FINANCE, Fall 2009

              ECON 3170 - , Spring 2009

              ECON 1500 - ECON INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Spring 2009

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Spring 2009

              ECON 5500 - PUBLIC FINANCE, Fall 2008

              USU 1300 - US INSTITUTIONS (BAI), Fall 2008

              POLS 5130 - LAW & POLICY, Spring 2008

              POLS 4990 - SR RESEARCH SEMINAR (CI), Spring 2008

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Fall 2007

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Fall 2007

              USU 1340 - SOC SYSTEMS & ISSUES (BSS), Fall 2007

              POLS 6920 - INTERNSHIP, Spring 2007

              POLS 4820 - NAT RES ENV POLICY (DSS), Spring 2007

              POLS 6020 - PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS, Spring 2007

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Spring 2007

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Fall 2006

              USU 1340 - SOC SYSTEMS & ISSUES (BSS), Fall 2006

              POLS 6920 - INTERNSHIP, Summer 2006

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Summer 2006

              POLS 4990 - SR RESEARCH SEMINAR (CI), Summer 2006

              POLS 5940 - ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN, Spring 2006

              POLS 6910 - GRADUATE TUTORIAL, Spring 2006

              POLS 5130 - LAW & POLICY, Spring 2006

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Spring 2006

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Spring 2006

              POLS 4990 - SR RESEARCH SEMINAR (CI), Spring 2006

              POLS 6410 - GRADUATE TUTORIAL, Fall 2005

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Fall 2005

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Fall 2004

              POLS 3120 - LAW & POLITICS (DSS), Fall 2004

              POLS 4910 - READING & CONFERENCE, Fall 2004

              POLS 4990 - SR RESEARCH SEMINAR (CI), Fall 2004

              POLS 6470 - THESIS RESEARCH, Fall 2004

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Fall 2003

              ECON 3170 - LAW & ECONOMICS, Fall 2002