|May 2023 - Present
|Dean, Boise State University ‐ Graduate College
|Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Economics
|May 2022 - May 2023
|Interim Dean, Boise State University ‐ Graduate College
|2017 - 2023
|Associate Dean, Boise State University ‐ Graduate College
|2021 - May 2022
|Acting Dean, Boise State University ‐ Graduate College
|Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Economics
|Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Boise State University ‐ Department of Economics
|Director of Environmental Studies, Boise State University ‐ Environmental Studies
|2011 - 2014
|Idaho EPSCoR RII: Water Resources in a Changing Climate: Integration of Hydrology and Economic Modeling in the Snake River Plain
|National Science Foundation
|College of Business and Economics Research Grant
|Boise State University
|Idaho EPSCoR RII: Undergraduate Research Support
|National Science Foundation
|2007 - 2008
|Faculty Office of Research Administration Research Grant
|Boise State University
|2007 - 2008
|Faculty Research Associates Program
|Boise State University
|2006 - 2007
|The Effects of Inclusionary Zoning Policies on Housing Supply and Affordability in California
|National Homebuilders Association
|Colleague(s): Antonio Bento and Gerrit Knapp
|2003 - 2005
|Delegation of Power, Lobby Formation and the Implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments
|University of California
|Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Research Grant
Professional Service and Affiliations
|Member, American Economics Association
|Member, Association of Environmental and Resource Economics
|Member, Western Economics Association International
Honors and Awards
- Grant Recipient of the National Science Foundation / Idaho EPSCoR RII Program - Water Resources in a Changing Climate
- Economics 303: Intermediate Microeconomics
- Economics 333: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
- Economics 498 & 498G: Seminar: The Economics of Global Climate Change
|Ph.D. - Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
|MESM - Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
|M.S. - Economics, Oregon State University
|B.A. - Economics and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Why Do We Inflate Grades?: The Effect of Adjunct Faculty Employment on Instructor Grading Standards The Journal of Human Resources (2021)
A burgeoning literature has documented the influence of adjunct instructors on student subsequent interest and success, but very little is known about the underlying mechanisms. This study investigates instructor choice of grading standards as one ...
Beyond Climate Impacts: Knowledge Gaps and Process-Based Reflection on Preparing a Regional Chapter for the Fourth National Climate Assessment Weather, Climate, and Society (2020)
The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) provided the most up-to-date understanding of climate change and its effects on the Earth system and on consequences for the United States, including impacts and associated risks, along with ...
An Integrated Analysis of the Effects of Local Water Institutions on Irrigated Agriculture Outcomes in the Arid Western United States Applied Economics (2018)
Irrigation water rights and their governance structures constitute the foundation of local water institutions and profoundly influence water resource allocations, irrigated agricultural productivity and other consumptive water uses in the arid climate zones. This article ...
Climate, Wildfire, and Erosion Ensemble Foretells More Sediment in Western USA Watersheds Geophysical Research Letters (2017)
The area burned annually by wildfires is expected to increase worldwide due to climate change. Burned areas increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, which can increase sedimentation in downstream rivers and reservoirs. However, which watersheds ...
Climate Change, Water Supply, and Agriculture in the Arid Western United States: Eighty Years of Agricultural Census Observations from Idaho Global Water Forum (2015)
As the population and agricultural development in the U.S. expanded west throughout the 20th century, major water infrastructure projects were initiated in order to meet irrigation demand and to reduce the risk and uncertainty associated ...
Climate Change, Water Rights, and Water Supply: The Case of Irrigated Agriculture in Idaho Water Resources Research (2014)
We conduct a hedonic analysis to estimate the response of agricultural land use to water supply information under the Prior Appropriation Doctrine by using Idaho as a case study. Our analysis includes long-term climate (weather) ...
Electronic Textbooks: Antecedents of Students’ Adoption and Learning Outcomes Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (2014)
Faculty and students are increasingly faced with the opportunity to use electronic versions of textbooks (e-texts). Despite the advantages of e-texts and recent advances in technology, evidence suggests that students are still reluctant to adopt ...
Long-Term Impacts of Major Water Storage Facilities on Agriculture and the Natural Environment: Evidence from Idaho (U.S.) Ecological Economics (2014)
This paper investigates the long-term impacts of water storage infrastructure (dams) on agriculture and the natural environment in the semi-arid U.S. West. We conduct an empirical analysis of the agricultural impacts associated with major dams ...
An Analysis of Irrigated Agricultural Outcomes under the Prior Appropriation Doctrine: Hypotheses and Applications Applied Economics (2014)
This article measures irrigated agricultural outcomes under the prior appropriation doctrine by developing a model of farmers’ land allocations in response to water supply change. The modelling approach considers the institutional factors of water rights ...
The Determinants of Credit Allocations in a Market-Based Trading System: Evidence from the RECLAIM Program The Review of Regional Studies (2013)
This paper examines the determinants of emission credit allocations under the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) - a program aimed at reducing nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur oxides (SOX) - in the greater Los ...
Online Texts and Conventional Texts: Estimating, Comparing, and Reducing the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Two Tools of the Trade Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (2012)
Many universities are endeavoring to understand and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—or carbon footprints. Hard-copy textbooks are (perhaps surprisingly) a large component of this footprint. Because they are “virtual,” electronic texts (e-texts) are often ...
Can E-Textbooks Help Save the Planet? It Depends on You The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012)
Electronic textbooks, often lauded as a cheaper alternative to hard copies, may also seem like a perfect way for colleges to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Many institutions encourage use of e-books, and one state, California, ...
The City-Level Effects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments Land Economics (2011)
This paper examines whether the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments caused the decline in ambient concentrations of particulate matter (PM10) in California over the 1990–2000 period. Consistent with previous studies, we find that PM10 nonattainment ...
Measuring the Effects of the Clean Air Act Amendments on Ambient PM10 Concentrations: The Critical Importance of a Spatially Disaggregated Analysis Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2009)
We examine the effects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAAs) on ambient concentrations of PM10 in the United States between 1990 and 2005. We find that non-attainment designation has no effect on the ...
Housing Market Effects of Inclusionary Zoning Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research (2009)
This article presents an empirical analysis of the effects of inclusionary zoning policies on housing prices and starts in California during the period from 1988 through 2005. The analysis compares cities with and without such ...
Impact of Air Quality Regulations on Entrepreneurial Activity Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship (2009)
The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of NAAQS non-attainment status on the entrepreneurial activity in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Most of the existing research on the relationship between non-attainment and ...
Housing Market Effects of Inclusionary Zoning Housing Affordability Research and Resources: An Analysis of Inclusionary Zoning and Alternatives, National Association of Home Builders (2008)
Many communities across the country face affordable housing challenges. An increasing number of communities are considering inclusionary zoning as a response. Inclusionary zoning programs, which require developers to sell a certain percentage of newly developed ...
Forming Coalitions for Cleaner Air? Agricultural and Resource Economics Update (2005)
During the 1990s, most California cities have experienced a sharp decrease in particulate-matter air pollution. The magnitude of the improvement in this amenity differs across cities. In ongoing work, we show empirical evidence that more ...
The Economic Value of the Greater Yellowstone's Blue-Ribbon Fishery North American Journal of Fisheries Management (2002)
The U.S. National Park Service must find a balance in an inherently conflicting mandate that calls for preserving and protecting ecological systems while providing for the public's enjoyment of natural resources through recreation. This conflict ...
Contributions to Books (2)
Climate Variability and Water Infrastructure: Historical Experience in the Western United States The Economics of Climate Change: Adaptations Past and Present (2011)
Greater historical perspective is needed to enlighten current debate about future human responses to higher temperatures and increased precipitation variation. We analyze the impact of climatic conditions and variability on agricultural production in five semi-arid ...
Technical Reports (1)
Economic Impact and Importance of Power Boating in Idaho: A County-Level Study (2016)
Powerboating provides a major recreational opportunity in Idaho and, in addition to the enjoyment provided by activities related to powerboating, significant impacts in terms of employment and economic activity are generated in many counties and ...
Working Paper (1)
Measuring the Effects of Environmental Regulations: The Critical Importance of a Spatially Disaggregated Analysis (2007)
We examine the effects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) on ambient concentrations of PM10 in the United States between 1990 and 2005. Consistent with prior literature, we find that non-attainment designation has ...
Conference Presentations (1)
Predicting Watershed Sediment Yields After Wildland Fire with the Invest Sediment Retention Model at Large Geographic Extent in the Western USA: Accuracy and Uncertainties American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, [San Francisco, CA] (2014)
Wildland fire is a primary threat to watersheds that can impact water supply through increased sedimentation, water quality decline, and change the timing and amount of runoff leading to increased risk from flood and sediment ...