Christopher Comer, Dean
Principles of Macroeconomics
Money & Banking
Matt joined the Economics Department at the University of Montana in 2012. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon. Prior to entering the UO's PhD program, he served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force for eight and a half years. While serving in the USAF, Matt was stationed at Travis AFB in Northern California, the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (where he earned a MA in National Security Affairs), and Hickam AFB in Hawaii. A few of the places to which he deployed include Uzbekistan, Qatar, U.A.E., and Diego Garcia. He grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Matt's wife is also a Gaucho and they have two daughters (ages eight and five) and a son (two years old) who keep them very busy.
University of Oregon, Ph.D. -- Economics, 2012
University of Oregon, M.S. -- Economics, 2009
Naval Postgraduate School, M.A. -- National Security Affairs, 2004
UC Santa Barbara, B.A. -- Political Science-International Relations, 1997
My current research focuses on risk preferences. Understanding risk preferences is particularly important to environmental economists because many of the policies intended to address climate change have both uncertain costs and uncertain benefits. Thus, modeling risk preferences appropriately is critical to accurately measuring the expected welfare effects of environmental policy. Overall, my research agenda is tied together by my interests in behavioral economics, the evaluation of environmental policy, and the use of experiments to help understand economic behavior.
Field of Study
Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Risk & Uncertainty
- "Information Acquisition Under Risky Conditions Across Real and Hypothetical Settings," 2017, Economic Inquiry
- "Are High-Ability Individuals Really More Tolerant of Risk? A Test of the Relationship Between Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability," 2016, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
- "Bias and Brains: Risk Aversion and Cognitive Ability Across Real and Hypothetical Settings," 2013, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
ECNS 451 - Behavioral/Experimental Economics
Department of Economics
Area of Expertise
Behavioral Economics; Environmental Economics; Experimental Economics
I regularly teach the following courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, and Money & Banking.
I have also taught Intermediate Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, and Labor Economics.
Intelligence Officer, U.S. Air Force, 1998-2007
Some of the places I "visited" while in the military include Uzbekistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Diego Garcia, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore.