H. Allen Klaiber
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
333 Ag Admin Building
2120 Fyffe Road Columbus, OH 43210
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:
H. Allen Klaiber is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Leader in the Department of Agricultural, Envionmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. He also serves as a member of the editorial council for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
Allen's research program focuses on linking environmental services to human behavior using economic theory to develop specific hypotheses describing what can be learned from individual choices occurring over space and time. By developing and applying novel microeconmetrics techniques to analyze these choices, consistent measures of the tradeoffs people are willing to make to alter environmental services and their surroundings are revealed. Allen’s research focuses on applying these techniques to address substantive issues linking land use, water and energy to observed human behavior and choices.
Specifically, Allen’s research program pushes the frontier of our understanding of household preferences for open space and the role of econometric models in analysts’ ability to recover consistent measures of the tradeoffs people are willing to make to alter their surroundings. This research also considers the role of water and energy as they relate to changes in the landscape and human well-being. Allen has developed new strategies to measure how the value of water as perceived by individuals is influenced by pricing structures and policy; as well as how land use changes associated with shale gas energy production impact surrounding homeowners.
Allen uses a number of econometric approaches to uncover preferences for environmental services including reduced form models describing outcomes of human behavior (housing prices) and structural models describing human behavior directly (housing choice). He has developed and applied new reduced-form econometric techniques to address challenges associated with the simultaneous capitalization of environmental services across multiple spatial scales that are confounded by omitted variable problems. He has also developed structural models of behavior that control for omitted variables and allow for endogenous feedbacks stemming from changes in human behavior following policy shocks to credibly measure households’ willingness to pay for non-marginal changes in their surroundings.
View a recent presentation of Klaiber's Research.