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Dr. David T. Butry

Dr. David Butry is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Butry joined NIST in 2006.

Currently,he leads research in the areas of community resilience and fire protection and mitigation. His projects include: (1) developing economic-based standards and tools to assess the resilience of communities to disruptive events; (2)measuring the economic performance of life-safety technologies, building codes, and regulations (e.g., impact of 'love ignition potential' cigarette); (3)evaluation the spatio-temporal dynamics of fire ignition patterns, and measuring the economic effectiveness of wildfire prevention activities (e.g., education and law enforcement).

From 1999-2006, Dr. Butry served as an Economist for the USDA Forest Service, where his research focused on the economics of wildland fire and the valuation of non-market environmental goods and services. His formal training is in the areas of applied microeconomics, with specialization in the fields of natural resource economics, environmental economics, and spatial autocorrelation and analysis, endogenous variables, and sample self-selection.

Dr. David T. Butry


Engineering Laboratory
Applied Economics Office


North Carolina State University, Ph.D., Economics, 2006

Duke University, M.E.M., Resource Economics and Policy, 1999

University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude, 1996


Phone: 301-975-6136
Fax: 301-975-4032