David Laband is Professor of Economics and Policy in the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, where he works under the auspices of the Center for Forest Sustainability and the Forest Policy Center. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of government regulation, valuation of ecosystem services, and the complex interdependence between humans and the environment. He has published 8 books and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as numerous editorials in regional and national newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal. He received his doctorate in economics from Virginia Tech in 1981.
He is the author of Blue Laws: The History, Politics and Economics of Sunday-Closing Laws.