Environmental and Resource Economics Seminars

Environmental and Resource Economics Seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 230 Ruttan Hall unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2019

  • January 28, David Redish, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota "The new field of neuroeconomics: What neuroscience means for economics and how using an economic toolbox can help make breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychiatry"
  • February 4
  • February 11
  • February 18, James Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Department of Economics, Harvard University "The Price of Biodiesel Rins and Economic Fundamentals" (co-authors Scott Irwin and Kristen McCormack)
  • February 25
  • March 4, Catie Hausman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan "Equity and the Environment:  The Role of Imperfect Information"
  • March 11, Steve Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota and Justin Johnson, Senior Scientist and Economist, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota "Connecting economic models to ecosystem service models: new approaches in multi-scale integrated assessment modeling"
  • March 18 SPRING BREAK
  • March 25
  • April 1
  • April 8
  • April 15
  • April 22, Tamma Carleton, Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago "Valuing the Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change Accounting for Adaptation Costs and Benefits"
  • April 29
  • May 6

Fall 2018

  • September 10, Steve Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota  "Gross Ecosystem Product for Sustainable Development"
  • September 24, Nat Springer, Economist, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota  "India Has Profitable Alternatives to Crop Burning That Can Help Farmers and Reduce Air Pollution"
  • October 15, Steve Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Effects of Heat Waves on Economic Growth" (co-authors Kenn Chua, Jay Coggins, Hamid Mohtadi)
  • NOTE CHANGE: Tuesday, October 30, Severin Borenstein, Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas, University of California-Berkeley "Do Two Electricity Pricing Wrongs Make a Right?  Cost Recovery, Externalities, and Efficiency" (co-author James Bushnell)
  • November 5, Jeffrey Bloem, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota  "Good Intentions Gone Bad? The Dodd Frank Act and Conflict in Africa's Great Lakes Region"
  • November 12, Adway De, Graduate Instructor, CLA Economics, University of Minnesota "Estimating Social Cost of Carbon"
  • November 19, Jose Casco Guerra and Julieth Santamaria, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota - "Pollution and Education: The Effect of Power Plant Closures on Student's Test Scores"
  • November 26, David Keiser, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University "Economic Effects of Environmental Crises: Evidence from Flint, Michigan"
  • December 3, Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Andrew Fang, PhD Candidate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota — "Co-Benefits of Cap-and-Trade: How are local air pollution and health benefits distributed in California?"

Spring 2018

  • Februrary 22, Paul Ferraro, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Water and Environmental Economics, Johns Hopkins University "The Longer-term Impacts of Efficient Technology as a Solution to Environmental Externalities:  Behavioral Economists versus Engineers and Environmental Scientists"  Noon-1:30 pm Note: Day and room changes. Thursday in Room 119 Ruttan Hall
  • February 26, Bixuan Sun, Phd Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Heterogeneous Impacts of Residential Solar Rebate Programs in the U.S."
  • March 5, C. Ford Runge, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and Law, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Collective Action and the Climate Commons:  Global Agricultural Land Use and Geoengineering"
  • April 2, Chris McIntosh, Department Head, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota, Duluth "Minnesota – Where Is Your State Sovereign Wealth Fund?"
  • April 23, Steve Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Harvest Responses to Environmental Forecasts"
  • April 30, Haseeb Ali, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Changes in the Perceptions of Risk in the Japanese Housing Market following the Great Tohuku Earthquake & Tsunami"
  • May 7, Bonnie Keeler, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota "Valuing the Invaluable: Progress and Potential Pitfalls in Articulating the Value of Water"

Fall 2017

  • September 11, Ashwini Sankar, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Estimating the Contribution of Environmental Regulations to Air Pollution and Mortality in India"  (co-authors Jay Coggins and Andrew Goodkind)
  • October 16, Vic Adamowicz, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada "The Scope for Ecological Infrastructure in the Panama Canal Watershed"
  • October 23, Ian Luby, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Governing the Atmosphere: A Voting Architecture for Climate Geoengineering"
  • October 30, Hamid Mohtadi, Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Does Oil Hinder Transparency?" (co-authors:  Michael L. Ross, Stefan Ruediger and Uchechukwu Jarrett)
  • December 4, Ivan Rudik, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University — "The Costs of Inefficient Regulation:  Evidence from the Bakken"
  • December 11, Ian Luby, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Optimal Conservation in a Public Agency Framework"

Spring 2017

  • February 20, Daniel Phaneuf, Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Effects of Local Regulation on Neighboring Jurisdictions:  Evidence from Mining Ordinances" (co-authors Alexey Kalinin and Dominic Parker)  Seminar Paper
  • March 6, Ian Luby, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "U.S. Urban Water Prices:  Cheaper When Drier"
  • March 13, Spring Break
  • March 20, No Seminar
  • March 27, No Seminar
  • April 17, Suhyun Jung, Research Fellow, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI), School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan "Evidence on the Impacts of Forestry Concessions on Wealth in Liberia"
  • May 1, Matt Reimer, Assistant Professor of Economics and the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska, Anchorage "Mechanisms Matter for Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Spatial Marine Closures"
  • May 15, Jay Coggins, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Is There a Climate Policy Dilemma?  Rethinking Abatement Cost for IAMs"   TIME:  9:30-11:00 am  ROOM:  119 Ruttan Hall  (Note time and room change)

Fall 2016

  • October 10, Bixuan Sun, PhD student, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Market Power and the Transition to Clean Energy" (co-author, Steve Miller, Assistant Professor, Applied Economics, U of MN)
  • November 7, Beverly Wang, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Reliable Reduction in Agricultural Runoff under Environmental Uncertainty"
  • November 14, Kyle Meng, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara "Estimating Path Dependence in Energy Transitions"
  • November 21, Valery Forbes, Dean, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota "Mechanistic Models for Predicting and Managing Impacts of Toxic Chemicals on Ecosystem Services"
  • December 12, Stephie Fried, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Carleton College "Climate Policy and Innovation: A Quantitative Macroeconomic AnalysisPaper available

Spring 2016

  • February 1, David Keiser, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University "Consequences of the Clean Water Act and the Demand for Water Quality"
  • February 8, Nicholas Muller, Associate Professor of Economics, Middlebury College and NBER "The Derivation of Discount Rates with an Augmented Measure of Income"
  • February 15, Steve Polasky and Peter Hawthorne, Department of Applied Economics and the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota — "Hopeful Prospects: How to Achieve Conservation and Development in 2050"
  • February 29, Itziar Lazkano, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee "From Fossil Fuels to Renewables: The Role of Electricity Storage"
  • March 7, Steve Polasky, Regents Professor, Department of Applied Economics,University of Minnesota "Implementing the Optimal Provision of Ecosystem Services under Climate Change"
  • March 14, Spring Break, No Seminar
  • April 11, Beverly Wang, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Reliable Reduction of Agricultural Runoff: Tradeoffs Involving Variation of Water Quality"
  • April 18, Ram Fishman, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University "When Water Runs Out: Scarcity, Adaptation and Migration in Gujarat"
  • April 25, Friedrich Schneider, Professor of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria — "The Acceptance of Environmental Taxes: An Empirical Public Choice Investigation"  (co-authors Andrea Kollmann, Johannes Reichl) (Draft)     Paper
  • May 2, Steve Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota "Fish, Meet Trees: Estimating Heterogeneous Effects of Transferable Quota Management in Fisheries Using Machine Learning"

Fall 2015

  • October 5, Sahan Dissanayake, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Preferences for and Opportunity Costs of REDD+ Contracts: Evidence from Choice Experiments in Ethiopia and Nepal"
  • October 19, Gabe Chan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota — "The Additionality of Offsets in the Chinese Wind Sector"
  • November 2, Helio Mattar, President and CEO, Akatu Institute for Conscious Consumption, San Paulo, Brazil "The Role of Consumers in the Sustainability Equation" Change in Location: R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building, Institute on the Environment Seminar Room (St. Paul campus)
  • November 9, Ian Luby, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "U.S. Urban Water Prices: Cheaper When Drier"
  • November 16, Tracy Boyer, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University "Ecological and Economic Tradeoffs in Wind Power Location" (co-author Christopher Baker)
  • November 23, Justin Johnson, Institute on the Environment and Ford Runge, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota  "Global Food Demand and Carbon-Preserving Cropland Expansion under Varying Levels of Intensification" (co-authors Ben Senauer and Steve Polasky)
  • November 30, Mark Kanazawa, Professor, Department of Economics, Carleton College  "Climate Change Impacts on Minnesota's North Shore: An Analysis of State Park Visitation Data"  Paper
  • December 7, Corbett Grainger, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison "Property Rights, Regulatory Capture, and Exploitation of Natural Resources"
  • December 14, Hamid Mohtadi, Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Natural Resources, Taxation and Transparency: Shedding New Light on an Old Question" (co-authors Michael L. Ross and Stefan Ruediger)