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Stanley W. Gilbert

Dr. Stanley W. Gilbert joined NIST in 2010 as an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory.  Currently, Dr. Gilbert is focused on research in construction productivity, disaster resilience, and wildland fire. His current projects include: (1) empirically characterizing the labor supply for construction, including the source of the labor supply pool, long-term trends, and estimations of price elasticities of construction supply; (2) empirically estimating how much people are willing to pay to avoid fire risk in the wildland-urban interface and the impact fire-prevention measures have on home values both directly and via their impact on fire risk; and (3) deepening the understanding of theoretical foundations including work on random decision making, resiliency indexes, and economic recovery from fires and disasters. Other areas of ongoing research include developing empirical methods for the measurement of disaster resilience and measuring the productivity of the construction industry.

Dr. Gilbert’s formal training is in the areas of microeconomic theory and decision theory. He is also interested in the economics of decision-making under uncertainty and bounded rationality.

Stanley Gilbert


Engineering Laboratory
Applied Economics Office


California State Polytechnic University, Civil Engineering,1988

Rice University, PhD, Economics, 2008


Phone: 301-975-5261
Fax: 301-975-4032