B. Delworth Gardner is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and he is past President of the Western Economics Association. Professor Gardner is highly respected for his path-breaking analyses of the impact of government policy on issues such as water allocation, livestock grazing, and oil shale development.
The author of two books and 200 articles in scholarly journals and a contributing author to numerous volumes, Professor Gardner has also taught at Colorado State University, Foreign Affairs College (Beijing, China) and Utah State University, and he has been Director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, Fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University, and Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future. Professor Gardner has been a Consultant to USAID (Bolivia), Ford Foundation (Pantnagar, India), and the Industrial Management Institute (Tehran, Iran); Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future; Member of the Task Force on Energy and Mechanization and the Task Force on Rural Development for the National Academy of Science; Chairman of the Committee on Rangeland Management for the National Academy of Science; Project Leader, Agricultural Food Subsidies Activity, Agricultural Development Systems (Egypt); and a Member of the Task Force on Water Use in Agriculture, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. He was elected Fellow of the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Agricultural Economics Association, and he is the recipient of the Silver Page Award for Outstanding Paper (Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers); Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Wyoming; and the Julian Simon Fellow from the Property and Environmental Research Center.
His books include Regional Growth and Water Resource Investment (W. Cris Lewis, Jay C. Andersen, and Herbert H. Fullerton), Plowing Ground in Washington: The Political Economy of U.S. Agriculture, The Water Outlook and Economic Development in the West, and Pricing and Efficient Allocation of Irrigation Water in California.