UC Davis
PhD Candidate

Ellen is an applied economist with interests in water and agriculture. In 2013, she began the PhD program in Agricultural & Resource Economics at University of California, Davis where she is jointly supervised by Richard Sexton and Katrina Jessoe. 

Ellen’s dissertation research focuses on the use of economic instruments to manage groundwater. Her research blends theoretical modelling of groundwater use and trading with an empirical investigation of the price elasticity of groundwater demand. This research will help us better understand how future groundwater markets may function.

UC Water Connection: 

Ellen Bruno brings an economist’s perspective to the UC Water team. Her research contributes to the policy discussion on the role of market-based instruments to manage water. By evaluating the potential for groundwater markets, her research supports water resources decision-making.


Ellen Bruno is a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Ellen grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2013 with a B.S. in Management Science.