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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


H. Allen Klaiber

Profile PictureH. Allen Klaiber
Professor and Graduate Studies Chair

333 Ag Admin Building
2120 Fyffe Road Columbus, OH 43210

Professional Information

Degrees & Credentials: 
PhD, Economics, North Carolina State University (2008)
ME, Economics, North Carolina State University (2005)
BS, Computer Science, North Carolina State university (2003)

Interests & Expertise: 
Environmental economics
Applied econometrics
Nonmarket valuation
Land use


H. Allen Klaiber is Professor and Graduate Studies Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University. Allen previously served as an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University before joining Ohio State in 2011 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and Professor in 2019. Allen received his PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University in 2008 and completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Economics at Arizona State University immediately following his doctoral studies.

Allen's formal appointment in AEDE is split between teaching (55%) and research (45%).  In addition to his formal appointment, Allen contributes to the AEDE mission of providing research based outreach to stakeholders while also contributing to service in the department, college, university and profession.  Allen has served as an Associate Editor at the top field journal in agricultural economics, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) and currently serves on the editorial councils of the top two field journals in environmental economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM) and the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).  

Allen’s research program in environmental economics focuses on the linkages between humans, their behavior and their surroundings.  Using economic theory to develop hypotheses about what can be learned from individual choices occurring over space and time, his research has led to the development and application of novel applied econometric techniques to analyze the choices individuals make.  These choices in turn reveal the tradeoffs households are willing to make to alter and obtain urban amenities, environmental services, land use and other associated aspects of their surroundings. 

Allen uses applied econometric techniques to conduct research in areas focused on (1) understanding the impact of unconventional shale gas exploration on nearby populations and the environment; (2) valuing urban amenities and modeling land use change; (3) characterizing the impact of harmful algal blooms on peoples’ choices; and (4) measuring the impact of changes in climate and severe weather on peoples’ decision making and wellbeing. This research has resulted in the publication of 30 peer-reviewed papers, 3 edited book chapters, a conference proceedings paper, 2 outreach publications as well as numerous mentions in print media and radio.  In support of this research, Allen has served as a PI or co-PI for total research funding exceeding $5.9 million dollars.

In addition to research, Allen is responsible for teaching courses at the undergraduate, masters, and PhD level. He teaches AEDECON 4310 Environmental and Resource Economics, AEDECON 6330 Benefit-Cost Analysis, and AEDECON 7310 Advanced Environmental Economics.  He has previously taught AEDECON 5330 Benefit-Cost Analysis and AEDECON 7320 Advanced Resource Economics.  Allen is also actively engaged in advising students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the primary advisor for 6 current PhD students, 4 completed PhD students, 7 completed masters’ students and has been an advisor for 44 undergraduate students.  He has served on 20 additional PhD committees.  Allen has routinely published with his graduate students, co-authoring nearly a third of his peer-reviewed published papers with students.  Three of his 4 completed PhD students are in tenure track positions with a fourth tenure track placement beginning in Fall 2018. 

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View a recent presentation of Klaiber's Research.