Leah H. Palm-Forster

Education

  • 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

  • APEC150 – Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • APEC324 – Introduction to Resource Economics
  • APEC406 – Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy

Research

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

Professional Activities

Recent Publications

Palm-Forster, L.H., J. Suter, and K.D. Messer. (accepted) “Experimental evidence on policy approaches that link agricultural subsidies to water quality outcomes.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, and R.S. Shupp. 2017. “Farmer preferences for conservation incentives that promote voluntary phosphorus abatement in agricultural watersheds.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 72(5): 493-505. http://www.jswconline.org/content/72/5/493.

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, F. Lupi, and R.S. Shupp. 2016. “Too burdensome to bid: Transaction costs and pay-for-performance conservation.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 98(5): 1314-1333. http://ajae.oxfordjournals.org/content/98/5/1314.abstract.

Palm-Forster L.H., S.M. Swinton, T.M Redder, J.V. DePinto, C.M.W. Boles. 2016. “Using conservation auctions informed by environmental performance models to reduce agricultural nutrient flows into Lake Erie.” Journal of Great Lakes Research 42(6): 1357-1371. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2016.08.003.

Palm-Forster, L.H., F. Lupi, and M. Chen. 2016. “Valuing Lake Erie Beaches Using Value and Function Transfers.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 45(2): 270-292. http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S2372261416000151.

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.” Journal of 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

Reeling, C.J., L.H. Palm-Forster, and R.T. Melstrom. Policy instruments, strategic interactions, and incentives for habitat conservation for imperiled species. Revise and resubmit.

Palm-Forster, L.H. and J.M. Duke. An endogenous equilibrium game on traffic congestion externalities. Revise and resubmit.

Butler, J.M., J.R. Fooks, K.D. Messer, and L.H. Palm-Forster. How mascots, group identity, and data visualization can help the environment: an experimental study related to nonpoint source pollution. Revise and resubmit.

Griesinger, M., L.H. Palm-Forster, K.D. Messer, J. Fooks, and J. Butler. Testing the effects of social pressures through shaming, signaling, & communication to reduce pollution. In preparation.

Recent Presentations

Bhuiyanmishu, S., L.H. Palm-Forster, and T. Li. “The impact of transaction costs and the competitiveness of reverse auction.” Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Philadelphia, PA, June 10-12, 2018.

Palm-Forster, L.H., N. Janusch, K.D. Messer, and P.J. Ferraro. “AgE MINDSPACE: Addressing Agri-Environmental Challenges with Insights from Behavioral Economics.” Invited presentation. Appalachian State University Experimental & Environmental Policy Workshop, Blowing Rock, NC, April 27-28 2018.

Palm-Forster, L.H., N. Janusch, K.D. Messer, and P.J. Ferraro. “Behavioral Insights for Agri-Environmental Program and Policy Design: A literature review.” Invited presentation. CBEAR Spring Seminar Series – Behavioral Science in Agri-Environmental Program Designs, Washington, DC, April 25 2018.

Palm-Forster, L.H., N. Janusch, K.D. Messer, and P.J. Ferraro. “Behavioral Insights for Agri-Environmental Program and Policy Design.” Paper presented at the ASSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 5-7, 2018.

L.H. Palm-Forster. 2017. “Challenges for PAgES research & program design: an experimental economics perspective.” Invited presentation. Scientific Challenges to Operationalizing Payments for Agro-Ecosystem Services (PAgES). Indianapolis, IN. November 14-15, 2017.

C.J. Reeling, L.H. Palm-Forster, and R.M. Melstrom. “Policy Instruments and Incentives for Coordinated Habitat Conservation” Paper presented at the Conference for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research: Methodological Advancements and Applications for Policy. Shepherdstown, WV. October 13-15, 2017.

Griesinger, M., L.H. Palm-Forster, K.D. Messer, J. Fooks, and J. Butler. 2017. “Stewardship Signaling and the Power of Using Social Pressures to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution.” Paper presented at the AAEA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 29 – Aug. 2, 2017. 

Wu, S., L.H. Palm-Forster, K.D. Messer. 2017. “Heterogeneous Agents and Information Nudges in Non-point Source Water Pollution Management.” Paper presented at the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 11-13, 2017.

Griesinger, M., L.H. Palm-Forster, K.D. Messer, J. Fooks, and J. Butler. 2017. “Enhancing Water Quality Using Stewardship Signaling and Social Recognition.” Paper presented at the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 11-13, 2017.

Palm-Forster, L.H., J. Suter, and K.D. Messer. 2016. “Linking Eligibility for Agricultural Subsidies to Water Quality.” Paper presented at the AERE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, May 29-30, 2017.

Palm-Forster, L.H., J. Suter, and K.D. Messer. 2016. “Enhancing Ambient Water Quality Using Agricultural Subsidies Tied to Conservation.” Paper presented at the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Bar Harbor, ME, June 19-21, 2016.

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, F. Lupi, and R.S. Shupp. 2016. “Too Burdensome to Bid: Transaction Costs and Pay-for-performance Conservation.” Paper presented at the ASSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 3-5, 2016.

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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