Environ & Resource Econ

Overview

  • The Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) field emphasizes expertise in applying economic theory and empirical methods to the analysis of environmental and natural resource problems.  In completing the requirements for the field, students are expected to acquire a working knowledge of historical and contemporary environmental and natural resource problems and policies and an understanding of the role of market behavior as well as formal and informal institutions for determining environmental and resource outcomes. They also develop expertise in the elements of economic theory and empirical methods that are particularly relevant to the study of these issues.

Faculty

Course Program

  • Course work in the ERE field allows students to develop advanced skills in analytical methods used in environmental and resource economics research. Such methods include optimal control theory, policy evaluation under uncertainty, techniques of non-market valuation, hedonic analysis as applied to the pricing and provision of multi-attribute goods, and location theory. Courses focus on theories and methods of environmental and natural resource economics and the application of these tools to issues of policy importance.
    • Specific course requirements for the Ph.D. field in ERE are provided below.
    • Masters students with an interest in ERE will put together an appropriate program of courses in the field in consultation with their major advisor and committee.
  • The Ph.D. comprehensive written examination in ERE is jointly administered by the departments of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) and Economics, making the ERE field especially conducive to a dual major in the two departments because the student need only pass one field exam for both degrees.  Under our dual major arrangement with the Economics department, the student writes one dissertation, which is reviewed by faculty representing both departments.  A degree is then awarded by both departments, provided all other requiements for both degrees are met.
  • The ERE course program also links to an interdepartmental graduate specialization in environmental and resource economics at MSU. This specialization is directed by economists from AFRE, Forestry (FOR), Fisheries and Wildlife (FW), and Community Sustainability (CSUS). By fulfilling the requirements of this specialization, which involves little if any additional course work beyond that required for degrees AFRE, students can receive a formal transcript certification indicating that a graduate specialization in environmental and resource economics has been accomplished. 

  • MSU‘s recently established Environmental Science and Policy Program also sponsors a doctoral specialization in environmental science and policy.

    • For more information on the ESP Program, and for links to all doctoral programs with environmental content at MSU, see http://environment.msu.edu.

Research

  • Major research projects have focused on evaluation of the benefits of improved water quality, economic sustainability, bioenergy policy, analysis of economic incentives to achieve public policy objectives, prevention and control of invasive alien species, infectious disease in wildlife systems, corporate environmental management, recreational demand modeling and improvements in theory and empirical methods.

Course Requirements

  • Ph.D. students with a major field in ERE take two required courses:
    • * AFRE 923 Advanced Environmental and Resource Economics
    • * AFRE 925 Advanced Natural Resource Economics
  • In addition, the Ph.D. major requires choosing one additional course from the following menu.

    • AFRE 829 Economics of Environmental Resources
    • AFRE 823 Environmental Economics Methods
    • AFRE 891 (Special Topics: Business, the Environment and Sustainability)
  • Masters students with an interest in environmental and resource economics should put together a suitable course program in conjunction with their major advisor and committee.

Other Courses of Potential Interest

  • In addition to the courses listed above there are other courses across the University that may be of potential interest to students with an interest in the field. These include:
    • AFRE 865 Agricultural Benefit-Cost AnalysisAFRE 930 Dynamic Models in Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • CSUS 848 Community-based Natural Resource Management in International Development
    • CSUS 851 Modeling Natural Resource Systems
    • EC 835 Public Expenditures
    • EC 836 Public Revenues
    • FOR 835 Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance
    • FW 854 Adaptive Management of Natural Resource Systems
    • GEO 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources Management

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Faculty advising graduate students in Environmental and Resource Economics

Name

Name / Phone / Email

Phone / Email

Adesoji O. Adelaja

Adelaja, Adesoji O.

Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy

517 884 8521
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Soren Anderson

Anderson, Soren

Associate Professor

517 355 0286
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Cloé Garnache

Garnache, Cloé

Assistant Professor

517 353 1870
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Joseph A. Herriges

517 432 1068
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John P.  Hoehn

Hoehn, John P.

Professor

517 353 6735
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Richard D. Horan

Horan, Richard D.

Professor

517 355 1301
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Satish Joshi

Joshi, Satish

Professor

517 353 8628
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Frank Lupi

Lupi, Frank

Professor

517 432 3883
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Steven R. Miller

Miller, Steven R.

Assistant Professor

517 355 2153
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Patricia E. Norris

517 432 4129
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Robert Shupp

Shupp , Robert

Associate Professor

517 432 2754
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Mark Skidmore

Skidmore, Mark

Professor and Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy

517 353 9172
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Scott M. Swinton

Swinton, Scott M.

Professor

517 353 7218
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Paul B. Thompson

Thompson, Paul B.

Professor & W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics

517 432 8345
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Felicia Wu

Wu, Felicia

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

517 355 8474
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Jinhua Zhao

Zhao, Jinhua

Professor

517 353 9935
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