Resource and Evironmental Economics

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Enviromental Policy

The economics of environmental poicy is generally concerned with the analysis and design of policies in light of tradeoffs that decision makers must make. Both internation and intergenerational issues are studied.

Enviroment and Health

There is an important relationship between environmental quality and human health.  Economists contribute to our understanding by looking at the value people place on environmental improvements and how behavioral changes results from and cause changes in environmental quality and the health outcomes that result.

  • Environmental Policies that change health and ecological risks – W. Douglass Shaw, Reid Stevens
Agricultural Production and the Environment

Faculty research focuses on the interaction between agricultural production (crop or animal) and the environment. Faculty expertise covers pollution externalities from animal wastes, fertilizer, and pesticides and the environmental impacts of land use changes. Additional expertise exists in the ecology of agricultural production in crop and rangeland systems and the impact of risk and new technologies.

Water Resources

Faculty research focuses a range of issues related to water, from agricultural use of water to municipal water markets. 

  • Pricing, Marketing, Project and Policy Analysis - Ron Griffin 
  • Water Management - Bruce McCarl
  • Irrigation and Water Quality - Ron Lacewell 
  • Water Pollution Policies - Richard Woodward
  • Climate Implications - Bruce McCarl
  • Water quality changes - Douglass Shaw
Global Climate Change

Departmental faculty have been involved with Assessments of Global climate change since the mid 1980's. Recently a number of faculty and staff participated in national assessments like the year 200 USGCRP Agricultural, Forestry and Water Assessments. The main faculty working in this area include:

In addition workhas been done by:

Climate Change Mitigation Through Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction

Departmental faculty have been involved with assessments of global climate change mitigation involving agriculture and forestry since the late 1980's. Faculty and staff participatet in national examinations of this issue like the CASMGS and CSITE carbon sequestration centers as well as the USDA/USEPA sponsored Agricultural and Forestry Modeling Forum. The main faculty working in this area include:

In addition work has been done by:

Air Quality Issues

Departmental faculty have worked sporadically on air quality issues regarding acid deposition, surface level ozone, atmospheric ozone off and on since the early 1980's. The main faculty member working in this area is:

  • Bruce McCarl  
  • W. Douglass Shaw (Asthma And Ground Level Ozone)> 
  • Richard T. Woodward (SO2 trading program)

Energy resources are critical to the global economy, without them the U.S. and world economies would collapse.  Worldwide, the energy sector is undergoing major structural changes. Research is being conducted that examines the dynamic relationships arising in the partially deregulated energy sector.

  • Electricity Price Dynamics: Jim Mjelde, David Bessler
  • Bioenergy Policy and Implications - Bruce McCarl
  • Energy Policy – Reid Stevens

Faculty research involves policy evaluation to address management issues in fisheries. Faculty expertise covers dynamic modeling, recreational demand and fisheries management under extreme uncertainty.