This week the annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) will be held at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. The theme of the meeting, which will run from June 6-8, 2013, is “Mixing Oil and Water: The Nexus between Energy and Water Resources”. AEDE will have a strong presence at the gathering with a number of faculty and students participating, including the following:
- PhD student Lea Fortmann will present her paper “Assessing the Effectiveness of the Community Forest Concessions in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve: A Matched Difference-in-Differences Approach” at a session on forestry and ecosystem services.
- Recent PhD graduate Douglas Wrenn will present his paper “Evaluating the Impact of Alternative Land Use Policies on Residential Land Development using a Structural Supply Model”, which was co-authored with AEDE’s Dr. Elena Irwin and David Newburn from the University of Maryland, College Park, at a session on land use.
- Dr. H. Allen Klaiber will present his paper “Maintaining Public Goods: Household Valuation of New and Renovated Local Parks”, which was co-authored with PhD student Mitch Livy, at a session on topics in public goods.
- Dr. Brent Sohngen will chair a session on agriculture and emissions. At this same session Dr. Sohngen will present his paper “The Implications of Environmental Policy on Nutrient Outputs in Agricultural Watersheds”, which was co-authored with PhD student Sei Jin Kim, USDA’s Kevin King, and AEDE’s Dr. Abdoul Sam.
- PhD student Suk-Won Choi will present her paper “Cropland Productivity, Carbon Sequestration, and Commodity Prices”, which was authored with the U.S. EPA’s Sara Ohrel and Dr. Sohngen, at a session on climate policy
- A paper co-authored by Dr. Sohngen, “The Effect of Tree Loss During Development on Carbon Storage and the Value of Homes”, by Auburn University’s Diane Hite and Luke Marzen, will be discussed at a session on forestry. At this same session PhD student Tian Xiaohui will present her paper “Modeling a Dynamic Forest Sector in a General Equilibrium Framework”, which was co-authored with the USDA’s Ron Sands and Dr. Sohngen.
- A paper co-authored by Dr. Klaiber, “Generalized Nearest-Neighbor Estimators for Property Matching Models”, by Virginia Tech’s Klaus Moeltner and Arizona State University’s Joshua Abbott, will be discussed at a session on environmental econometrics.
AERE is the international professional association for economists working on the environment and natural resources. The organization was founded in 1979 as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics. AERE currently has over 900 members from more than 30 nations. The members represent academic institutions, the public sector, and private industry. The organization publishes two journals: the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM) and the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP).
AEDE has a strong reputation in the field of environmental and resource economics. In 2010, using a regression-based calculation, the National Research Council ranked the AEDE PhD program as the number one PhD program in the U.S. in agricultural and resource economics (Ohio State tied with the University of California-Berkeley). Additionally, in 2012 the journal Ecological Economics ranked Ohio State as the eighth most influential institution in the world working the field of environmental and ecological economics.
June 6, 2013