Joshua Duke


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1998
  • M.S., University of Rochester, 1994
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1992

Current Courses

  • APEC/ECON343 Environmental Economics
  • APEC/LEST450 Environmental Law


  • Land Use, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Law and Economics, Property Rights

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Water Resources Research
  • President, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association
  • Editor (with JunJie Wu), The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics
  • Water Science and Policy, Program Committee
  • Advisory Panel on Nutrient Trading, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Council of Fellows, Delaware Environmental Institute
  • Distinguished Member, Northeastern Agric. and Res. Econ. Assoc.
  • Editorial Board, Land Economics

Current Sponsored Research

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

  • 2015 – 2016
  • Public Acceptability and Land Value Taxation: An Experimental Economics Investigation, $23,000
  • J. Duke (PD)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • AFRI, 2016 – 2019
  • Targeted Conservation Contracts to Enhance Agricultural Best Management Practices: Incorporating Heterogeneity and Predicting Additionality, $498,434
  • J. Duke (PD), A. Shober, R. Johnston (Co-PDs)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Agricultural Marketing Service, FSMIP, Sept 30, 2015 – Sept 29, 2017
  • The Effect of Preservation Labeling on Local Food Marketing Premiums, $87,261 (with additional 1:1 match)
  • J. Duke (PD), J. Bernard (Co-PD)


Recent Publications

Duke, Joshua M., Brian J. Schilling, Kevin P. Sullivan, J. Dixon Esseks, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Lori Lynch. 2016. Illiquid Capital: Are Conservation Easement Payments Reinvested in Farms? Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy. doi:10.1093/aepp/ppw016

Duke, Joshua M., Jules Bruck, Susan Barton, Megan Murray, Shreeram Inamdar, and Douglas W. Tallamy. 2016. Public preferences for ecosystem services on exurban landscapes: A case study from the mid-Atlantic, USA. Heliyon 2(7): e00127 (pp1-27). Open access available at

Duke, Joshua M., and Ben Attia. 2015. Negotiated solar rights conflict resolution: A comparative institutional analysis of public and private processes. Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law. 22(1):1-52.

Bachman, Matthew, Shreeram Inamdar, Sue Barton, Joshua M. Duke, Doug Tallamy, Jules Bruck. A watershed scale assessment of the impacts of suburban turf management on runoff water quality. Journal of American Water Resources Association, 52(2):397-408.

Fooks, Jacob, Nathaniel Higgins, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Daniel Hellerstein, and Lori Lynch. Forthcoming. Conserving spatially explicit benefits in ecosystem service markets: Lab and artefactual field tests of network bonuses and spatial targeting. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  98(2):468-88.

Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, Robert J. Johnston, and Kent D. Messer. 2015. The effect of spatial interdependencies on prioritization and payments for environmental services. Land Use Policy. 48:341-350.

Egan, Jennifer M., and Joshua M. Duke. 2015. Water quality conflict resolution and agricultural discharges: Lessons from Waterkeeper v. Hudson. William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 39(3):533-574.

Schilling, Brian J., J. Dixon Esseks, Joshua M. Duke, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Lori Lynch. 2015. The future of preserved farmland: Ownership succession in three mid-Atlantic states. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5(2):129-153.

Gottlieb, Paul D., Brian J. Schilling, Kevin Sullivan, J. Dixon Esseks, Lori Lynch, Joshua M Duke. 2015. Are preserved farms actively engaged in agriculture and conservation? Land Use Policy. 45:103-116.

Fooks, Jacob R., Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke. 2015. Dynamic entry, reverse auctions, and the purchase of ecosystem services. Land Economics 91(1):57-75.

Liu, Zhuo, Jordan F. Suter, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, and Holly A. Michael. 2014. Strategic entry and externalities in groundwater resources: Evidence from the lab. Resource and Energy Economics 38:181-197.

Li, Jingyuan, Holly A. Michael, Joshua M. Duke, Kent D. Messer, Jordan F. Suter. 2014. Behavioral response to contamination risk information in a spatially explicit groundwater environment: Experimental evidence. Water Resources Research 50(8):6390–6405.

Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, Robert J. Johnston, and Kent D. Messer. 2014. Prioritizing Payment for Environmental Services:  Using Nonmarket Benefits for Cost Effective Selection. Ecological Economics 105:319-329.


Contact Information
Joshua Duke

Professor of Applied Economics
Professor of Legal Studies

Applied Economics and Statistics
205 Townsend Hall

Newark , DE 19717
Phone: (302) 831-1309
Fax number: (302) 831-6243