Jacob P. Byl is a graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University. He earned both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in law and economics in 2015. He earned a B.A. in economics and international studies from Northwestern University in 2005. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Byl co-founded an education nonprofit in Chicago and studied economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Byl was a Vanderbilt Law & Economics Scholar and served on the staff of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review in 2011-2012 and was the development editor for ELPAR in 2012-2013. He was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review in 2012-2013. In 2015, Byl won the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Endangered Species Writing Competition. His fields of interest are risk and environmental regulation and labor markets and human resources. Byl served a judicial clerkship with Judge Robert J. Jonker in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 2015-2016. He served a judicial clerkship with Judge Jane Stranch in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2016-2017. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Vanderbilt Law School.
"Toward More Effective Endangered Species Regulation"
Adviser: Professor J.B. Ruhl
"Conserving a Place for Renewable Power," Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation 29(2), 2014, pp. 303-330. Finalist in the Institute for Energy Law's Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition.
"Comment: Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2012," with Linda K. Breggin, Lynsey R. Gaudioso, Seamus T. Kelly, and Michael P. Vandenbergh, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review 43, 2013, pp. 10643-10645.
Note, "Protecting the Innocent with a Premium for Child Safety Regulations," University of Massachusetts Law Review 8(1), January 2013, pp. 264-300.
"Comment: Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2011," with Linda K. Breggin, Lynsey R. Gaudioso, Seamus T. Kelly, and Michael P. Vandenbergh, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review 42, 2012, pp. 10711-10712.
"Experimental Evidence of Landowner Behavior in Endangered Species Habitat Programs"
Oklahoma State University, Department of Agricultural Economics, April 2015
"Perverse Incentives and Safe Harbors of the Endangered Species Act: Evidence from Timber Harvests near Woodpeckers" Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings, November 2014, Atlanta, GA
(recipient, Southern Economic Association Graduate Student Award)
"Perverse Incentives of the Endangered Species Act: Evidence from Timber Harvests near Woodpeckers"
American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting, May 2014, Chicago, IL