Leah H. Palm-Forster


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, 2015
  • M.S., Virginia Tech, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2011
  • B.S., Virginia Tech, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2009
  • B.S., Virginia Tech, Animal and Poultry Sciences, 2009

Current Courses

  • APEC324 – Introduction to Resource Economics
  • APEC406 – Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy


Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Agri-Environmental Policy, Experimental Economics

Professional Activities

Recent Publications

Harris, L.M., G.W. Norton, J. Alwang, A.N.M. Rezaul Karim, and D.B. Taylor. 2013. Bridging the Information Gap with Cost-Effective Dissemination Strategies: The Case of Integrated Pest Management in Bangladesh. J. Agricultural and Applied Economics 45 (4): 639-654. http://purl.umn.edu/157416.

Stuart, D., E. Benveniste, and L.M. Harris. 2014. Evaluating the Use of an Environmental Assurance Program to Address Pollution from United States Cropland. Land Use Policy 39: 34-43. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837714000593.

Working Papers

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, and R.S. Shupp. Farmer Preferences for Conservation Incentives that Promote Voluntary Phosphorus Abatement in Agricultural Watersheds. In review.

Palm-Forster, L.H., F. Lupi, and M. Chen. 2015. Valuing the Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Erie Beaches: Is it worth it? In review.

Frank Lupi, Scott Swinton, Brent Sohngen, Leah H. Palm-Forster, and Scott Weicksel. A Research Agenda for Filling Knowledge Gaps on Economic Benefits and Costs of Reducing Great Lake HABs

Leah H. Palm-Forster, Scott M. Swinton, Frank Lupi, Robert S. Shupp. Why Farmers Opted Out of a Lake Erie Conservation Auction and Implications for Cost-effectiveness.

Leah H. Palm-Forster and Frank Lupi. Valuing the Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Erie Beaches using a Benefit Function Transfer.

Recent Presentations

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, R.S. Shupp, F. Lupi. 2015. “Reducing Transaction Costs to Increase Participation in Conservation Auctions.”  Organized Symposium. AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28, 2015.

Palm-Forster, L.H. and F. Lupi. 2015. “Valuing the Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Erie Beaches: Is it worth it?” Selected paper. Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Pre-Conference Workshop on Water Quality Economics, Newport, RI, June 27-28, 2015.

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, R.S. Shupp, F. Lupi, T. Redder, and J.V. DePinto. 2015. “Linking Ecological and Economic Models that Support Conservation Auctions to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie.”  MSU Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference, East Lansing, MI, June 4, 2015.

Palm-Forster, L.H. “Evaluating Incentives for Cost-Effective Agricultural Phosphorus Abatement in the Great Lakes: What Can We Learn from Field Experiments?” Invited presentation. USDA Economic Research Service, Washington, DC, February 4, 2015.

Palm-Forster, L.H.*, S.M. Swinton, R.S. Shupp, and F. Lupi. 2014. “Designing Conservation Auctions for Aquatic Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Watersheds.”  Paper presented at preconference workshop AM-3 on Coordinated approaches to enhance ecosystem services in watersheds dominated by agriculture at the conference of A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES), Washington, DC, December 8-12, 2014. (*workshop organizer)


Contact Information
Leah H. Palm-Forster

Assistant Professor

Applied Economics and Statistics
206 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1325

Email: leahhp@udel.edu