William D. Walker

William D. WalkerEconomist
Bureau of Science Services
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Michigan State University
Ph.D., Environmental Economics, 2001
M.S., Environmental Economics, 1997

UW-Madison J.D., Law, 1993
B.S., Mathematics, 1989

Research Area:

Economic Analysis of Administrative Rules Application of Economics to Environmental Policy Design Environmental Valuation Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change


William D. Walker is an environmental economist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Science Services. He provides research services, technical assistance, and guidance to department staff. His areas of focus include economic analysis of administrative rules, policy design, valuation methods, and the economics of climate change adaptation. He serves on the WICCI Science Council, co-chaired the Adaptation Working Group, and chairs the Economics Working Group.

Mr. Walker has a background in law, economics, and public policy analysis. He has been in Wisconsin state service since 2000. He contributed to the executive budgets for three Governors as a policy and budget analyst in the Wisconsin State Budget Office; provided staff support to the Governor's Global Warming Task Force, the Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative, and the Governor's Consortium on Bio-based Industry; served on the Wisconsin Economic Roundtable (a state agency advisory group); and served as budget director for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.