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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., 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, In press.

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

Palm-Forster, L.H., J. Suter, and K.D. Messer. Linking agricultural subsidies and ambient water quality to reduce nutrient loss. In review.

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

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. In preparation.

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. Data analysis.

Palm-Forster, L.H. and J. M. Duke. A Classroom Activity to Explain Congestion Externalities. In preparation.

Recent Presentations

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.

Palm-Forster, L.H., S.M. Swinton, F. Lupi, and R.S. Shupp. 2015. “Cost-effective Conservation Targeting When Transaction Costs Limit Participation in Procurement Auctions.” Paper presented at the Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Urbana-Champaign, IL, October 17-18, 2015.

K.D. Messer and L.H. Palm-Forster (presenter). 2015. “Using Behavioral Economics to Improve the Design and Operation of Water Quality Markets.” National Workshop on Water Quality Markets, Lincoln, NE, September 16-17, 2015.

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., S.M. Swinton, R.S. Shupp. 2015. “Farmer Willingness to Engage in Transactions for Cost-effective Provision of Aquatic Ecosystem Services.”  GLWESS Strategy Review Workshop, East Lansing, MI, April 30, 2015.

Palm-Forster, L.H. and F. Lupi. 2015. “Valuing Beach Recreation Loss from Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie.” Invited Presentation. Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Seminar Series, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, March 25, 2015.

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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