Our diverse, nationally-known faculty conduct extensive and coordinated programs in undergraduate and graduate education, cutting-edge research, and public outreach in many vital areas including Natural Resource Management; Environmental and Resource Economics; Agricultural Policy; Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management; International Trade; Operations Research and Decision Analysis; and Statistical Analysis and Research Methods.


Messer, K.D., M. Kecinski, R. Hirsch, and X. Tang. Forthcoming. “Applying Multiple Knapsack Optimization to Improve the Cost Effectiveness of Land Conservation” (Land Economics-Forthcoming).

Fooks, J., N. Higgins, K.D. Messer, J. Duke, D. Hellerstein, and L. Lynch. Forthcoming. “Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets: Experimental Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting” (American Journal of Agricultural Economics-Forthcoming).

Fooks, J., K.D. Messer, and J. Duke.  “Dynamic Entry, Reverse Auctions, and the Purchase of Environmental Services.” (Land Economics-Forthcoming)

Li, J., J. Michael, J. Duke, K.D. Messer, and J. Suter.  “Behavioral Response to Contamination Risk Information in a Spatially Explicit Groundwater Environment: Experimental Evidence.” (Water Resources Research-Forthcoming)

Liu, Z., J. Suter, K.D. Messer, J. Duke, and H. Michael. “Strategic Entry and Externalities in Groundwater Resources: Evidence from the Lab.” (Resource and Energy Economics-Forthcoming)

Fooks, Jacob R., Steven J. Dundas, and Titus O. Awokuse. “Are there Efficiency Gains From the Removal of Natural Resource Export Restrictions? Evidence from British Columbia.” (The World Economy – Forthcoming, 2013)

Miller, Kate, and Joshua M. Duke. 2013. Additionality and water quality trading: Institutional analysis of nutrient trading in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Vol. 25, Forthcoming.

Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu.  Land as an integrating theme in economics. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu, editors.

Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu. Future research directions in land economics. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu, editors.

Joshua M. Duke.  Eminent domain and the land assembly problem. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu, editors.

Messer, Kent D., Joshua M. Duke, and Lori Lynch.  Applying Experiments to Land Economics: Public Information and Auction Efficiency in Ecosystem Service Markets. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, Joshua M. Duke and JunJie Wu, editors.

Duke, Joshua M. 2013. Property rights and the environment. Pp 75-79 in Volume 3 of Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, ed. Jason Shogren.


Hoffman, V, J. Fooks, and K.D. Messer. 2014. “Measuring and Mitigating HIV Stigma: A Framed Field Experiment” Economic Development and Cultural Change. 62(4): 701-726.


Duke J.D., S.J. Dundas, R.J. Johnston, and K.D. Messer. 2014. “Prioritizing Payment for Environmental Services: Using Nonmarket Benefits for Optimal Selection.” Ecological Economics. 105: 319-329.


Wiest, W., G. Shriver, and K.D. Messer. 2014. “Incorporating Climate Change with Conservation Planning: A Case Study for Tidal Marsh Bird Conservation in Delaware, USA.” Journal of Conservation Planning. 10: 25-42.


Arnold, Michael A., Joshua M. Duke, and Kent D. Messer. 2013. Adverse selection in reverse auctions for ecosystem services. Land Economics 89(3):387-412.

Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, Kent D. Messer. 2013. Cost-effective conservation planning: Lessons from economics. Journal of Environmental Management 125:126-133.

Suter, Jordan F., Joshua M. Duke, Kent D. Messer, and Holly A. Michael. 2012. Behavior in a spatially-explicit groundwater resource: Evidence from the lab. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(5):1094-1112.


Awokuse, Titus O., Keith E. Maskus, and Yiting An. “Knowledge Capital, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: A Sectoral Analysis” Economic Inquiry 50(2012): 707-723.

Borchers, Allison M. and Joshua M. Duke. 2012. Capitalization and proximity to agricultural and natural lands: Evidence from Delaware. Journal of Environmental Management 99:110-117.

Duke, Joshua M., Allison M. Borchers, Robert J. Johnston, and Sarah Absetz. 2012. Sustainable agricultural management contracts: Using choice experiments to estimate the benefits of land preservation and conservation practices. Ecological Economics 74:95-103.

Eggermont, P., V.N.  LaRiccia  and  M.Z. Nashed,  Moment  discretization for ill-posed problems  with discrete  weakly  bounded  noise, Int.   J.  Geomath. (2012),  DOI 10.1007/s13137-012-0037-2 (24 pages).

Fooks, J.R.* and Messer, K.D. 2012. “Maximizing Conservation and In-Kind Cost Share: Applying Goal Programming to Forest Protection” Forest Economics. 18: 207-217.

Zheng, Shi, Wang, Zhigang, and Titus O. Awokuse. “Determinants of Producers’ Participation in Agricultural Cooperatives: Evidence from Northern China.” Applied Economic Perspectives 34(Spring 2012): 167-186.

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Eggermont, P.P.B. and LaRiccia, V.N., Maximum penalized likelihood estimation. Volume I: Density estimation. 510 pages, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2001.

Eggermont, P.P.B. and LaRiccia, V.N., Maximum penalized likelihood estimation. Volume II: Regression. 571 pages, Springer-Verlag, New  York.


Research Reports
RR15-04 Competition in Stackelberg Oligopolies: First Mover Advantage vs. Inequality Aversion Maik Kecinski
RR15-03 Military Readiness and Environmental Protection Through Cost-Effective Land Conservation Maik Kecinski
Deborah Kerley Keisner
Kent Messer
William D. Schulze
RR15-02 Measuring Stigma: The Behavioral Implications of Disgust Maik Kecinski
Deborah Kerley Keisner
Kent Messer
William D. Schulze
RR15-01 Stigma Mitigation and the Importance of Redundant Treatments Maik Kecinski
Deborah Kerley Keisner
Kent Messer
William D. Schulze
RR14-10 The Joint Risks of Anticipated Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Contaminated Sites: Economic and Scientific Evidence Joshua M. Duke
Kent D. Messer
Holly A. Michael
Donald L. Sparks
RR14-09 Multiple-Knapsack Optimization in Land Conservation: Results from the first cost-effective conservation program in the US Kent Messer
Maik Kecinski
Xing Tang
Robert Hirsch
RR14-08 Consumer Demand for Local Honey: An Artefactual Field Experiment Shang Wu
Jacob Fooks
Kent Messer
Deborah Delaney
 RR14-07 Do Auctions Underestimate Consumer WTP? An Artefactual Field Experiment Shang Wu
Jacob Fooks
Kent Messer
Deborah Delaney

Additionality in Water Quality Trading: Evidence from Maryland’s Nutrient Offset Program

 Joshua M. Duke
Joshua M. McGrath
Nicole M. Fiorellino
Tyler S. Monteith
Emileigh Rosso
RR14-05 Conservation Professional Attitudes
about Cost Effectiveness of the Land
Preservation: A Case Study in Maryland
Kent Messer
William Allen
Maik Kecinski
Yu Chen
RR14-04 The Ecosystem Services of Residential Landscapes: A Delaware Study Site Joshua”M.”Dukei
RR14-03 Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets:
Lab and Artefactual Field Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting
Jacob FooksNate HigginsKent MesserJosh DukeDan HellersteinLori Lynch
RR14-02 Valuing Continuously Varying Visual Disamenities: Offshore Energy Production and Delaware Beach Visitation Jacob FooksKent MesserJosh DukeJanet JohnsonGeorge Parsons
RR13-02 Reducing Agricultural Water Pollution in
Texas: An Application of Linear
Messer, EditorCase Studies:Lenna Hildebrand
Stephen Stark
RR13-01 Incorporating Climate Change with
Conservation Planning: a Case Study for
Tidal Marsh Bird Conservation in
Delaware, USA.
Messer, EditorCase Studies:W. Gregory Shriver
Whitney A. Wiest
RR12-01 Maximizing Benefits for Women in Delaware: Improving Project Selection Using Optimization Technique Messer, Editor
Case Studies:
Jenna Toussaint
Shang Wu
RR11-02 Minimizing cost for Municipal residential solid waste collection in City of Newark using Goal Programming & GIS tools Messer, Editor
Case Study:
Priyanka Jain
RR11-01 Achieving Cost Effective Conservation:  ORES801 Case Studies of Optimization Application to the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative. Messer, Editor; Case Studies:  Korch, Mary Ann and Bounds, Thomsa
RR10-03 The Impact of Agriculture on Delaware’s Economy Awokuse, Ilvento, and Johnston
RR10-02 The Historical Basis Record for Grain and Soybeans in Delaware:  Marketing Years 2007-08 to 2009-10 Sorkin, German, and Toensmeyer
RR10-01 Achieving Cost Effective Conservation:
ORES801 Case Studies of Optimization
Applications to Wetland Mitigation in
Maryland, Water Quality Improvement in
Pennsylvania, Increased Cost‐Sharing for
Forest Protection, and the Preservation of
Agricultural Lands in Delaware and
Baltimore County.
Messer, Editor; Case Studies:  Dillaway, Fooks, Chen, and Tank
RR09-01 Working paper on Achieving Cost Effective
Conservation: ORES801 Case Studies of Applying Optimization To Protect Endangered Birds, Preserve Agricultural Lands, and Conserve Forested Lands
Messer, Editor; Case Studies: Borchers, Kalamburu, Stefanova
Preserving Farms and Forests in Sussex County,
Delaware: Public Value
Duke, Johnston, and Campson
RR05-02 The Impact of Developed-World Policies on the Developing World: A Bilateral Learning Initiative Duke and Awokuse

Reciprocal Educational Exchange Between The University of Delaware and Slovak Agricultural University: Final Report

Ilvento and Duke
RR04-01 Supplying Preservation: Landowner Behavior and the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program Duke and Ilvento
RR02-05 The Farm Sector of Delaware Agriculture: Changes from 1982 – 1997 Hastings, Maher, Acuff
RR02-04 StatLAb Annual Report, Spring 2002 Rejto, Cho, Ilvento
RR02-03 Landuse Issues in Delaware Agriculture Duke, Mackenzie, and Ilvento
RR02-02 Designing a Web-based Interface for Student Peer  Review on a Unix Server Duke and Whisler
RR02-01 Public Support for Land Preferences: Measuring Relative Preferences in Delaware. Duke, Ilvento and Hyde
RR01-04 A Spatial Analysis of the Distributional Effects of Water Quantity Management Eheman, Duke and Mackenzie
RR00-03 Factors Influenceing Participation in BR&E Programs: A Study of Local Coordinators in Six States.   Ilvento and Loveridge
Staff Papers
SP04-01 Analysis of Christina School District’s 2003 DSTP Performance Mackenzie and Christina School District Board of Education
SP03-03 Predictive Time Model of an Anglia Autoflow Mechanical Chicken Catching System Ramasamy, Benson, Bernard,  Van Wicklen
SP03-02 Modeling Nitrate Loading Rate in Delaware Lakes Using Regression and Neural Networks Sudhakar, Krishnan, Bernard, and Ritter
SP03-01 Modeling Nitrate Concentration in Ground Water Using Regression and Neural Networks Ramasamy, Krishnan, Bernard, and Ritter
SP02-05 Moving Beyond Chalk and Talk: Using Problem-Based-Learning In A Research Methods Course Sequence Hyde and Ilvento
SP02-04 The Effect of Local Economic Development Policy on Employment Growth in Rural Counties in the Mid-Atlantic Region James, Ilvento, and Hastings
SP02-03 Asset Storability and Hedging Effectiveness in Commodity Futures Markets Yang and Awokuse
SP02-02 The Informational Role of Commodity Prices in Formulating Monetary Policy: A Reexamination Awokuse and Yang
SP02-01 Is the Export-Lead Growth Hypothesis Valid for Canada? Awokuse
SP01-01 Sequential Land Acquisitionfor Nature Reserves under Acquisition and Population Uncertainty. Malcolm
SP00-02 In-Patient Flow Analysis Using ProModelTM Simulation Package Elbeyli and Krishnan
SP00-01 The Mediation of Variance Conflicts: An Empirical Evaluation  Duke, Joshua M. and Ryan P. Jost.
Extension Papers
ER10-02 Executive Summary of the Historical Basis Record for Grain and Soybeans:  Marketing  Years 2007/08 to 2009/10 German, Toensmeyer, and Sorkin
ER10-01 The 21st Century Grain Marketing Primer German, Carl


Jennifer Popkin,  “Willingness to Pay for Electricity Sourced from Natural Gas Extracted Using Hydraulic Fracturing: Location and Preference Heterogeneity”.2012. Advisor: Joshua M. Duke.


George Szczepanski. “Effects of Food Safety Regulations on International Trade in Shrimp and Prawns: The Case of Oxytetracycline Regulation”. 2011.  Advisor: Titus O. Awokuse.

Greg Liu. “Comparison of Regression and Arima Models with Neural Network Models to Forecast the Daily Streamflow of White Clay Creek”. 2011. Advisor: Palaniappa Krishnan.

Steven Dundas. “Public Goods and Spatial Location: Stated Preference Prioritization with Spatial Interdependencies”. 2011. Advisor:  Joshua M. Duke,

Olufemi Bolarinwa, “Does Foreign Lobbying Influence Trade Policy in the United States?” 2011.  Advisor: Titus O. Awokuse

Jeffery Patterson, “The Eastward Expansion of the European Union: Is Foreign Direct Investment Being Diverted from the EU Periphery” 2011. Advisor: Titus O. Awokuse.

Lu Fang, ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Intellectural Property Rights: Evidence from the Knowledge-Captial Model”. 2011. Advisor: Titus O. Awokuse.

Ruizhi Xie, “Adjustment of External Imbalances:  Does the Exchange Rate Matter: – Evidence from Brazil, China and India”. 2011. Advisor: Titus O. Awokuse.

Tong Wu, “Explaining Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Local and Organic Food Using Extended Theory of Planned Behavior”. 2011. Advisor: John C. Bernard.