Kent Messer


  • Ph.D. Cornell University, 2003
  • M.S. University of Michigan, 1999
  • B.A. Grinnell College, 1994

Current Courses

  • APEC100: Sustainable Development
  • APEC667: Experimental Economics
  • APEC807: Mathematical Programming with Economic Applications


  • Environmental Conservation
  • Provision of Public Goods
  • Behavioral Response to Risk

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2012-2014)
  • Board Member, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (2008-2011)
  • Affiliate, Delaware Environmental Institute
  • Member, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
  • Member, American Agricultural Economic Association
  • Member, American Economics Association
  • Member, Economic Science Association

Current Sponsored Research

National Science Foundation – funding support from EPSCoR Track-I. 2013-2018. “Delaware EPSCoR: Meeting Delaware’s 21st Century Water and Energy Challenges through Research, Education, and Innovation.” $24,000,000. D.L. Sparks (PI); V. Kalavacharla, K.D. Messer, J. Rabolt, S. Smith. (co-PIs).

National Science Foundation – funding support from EPSCoR Track-2. 2013-2016. “North East Water Resources Network (NEWRnet)” $6,000,000. D.J. Leathers (PI); A. Andres, D. Levia, S. Inamdar, and K.D. Messer (co-PIs).

National Science Foundation – funding support from the Decision, Risk & Management Sciences directorate. 2013-2014. “Doctoral Dissertation Research in DRMS: Protecting the Coastline – Optimal Coastal Inundation Adaptation Mechanisms.” $13,860. K. Messer (PI); J. Fooks (co-PI).


Kaiser, H.M. and K.D. Messer. 2011. Mathematical Programming for Agricultural, Environmental, and Resource Economics. Wiley & Sons.

Select Publications

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

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

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

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.

Unur, A.S., H.E. Peters, K.D. Messer, and W.D. Schulze. 2013.“Incentive Effects of Parents’ Transfers to Children:  Evidence from an Artefactual Field Experiment” B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions). 14(1): 73-106.

Arnold, M., J.M. Duke, and K.D. Messer. 2013.“Adverse Selection in Reverse Auctions for Environmental Services” Land Economics. 89(3): 387-412.

Messer, K.D., J. Suter, and J. Yan. 2013. “Context effects in a negatively framed social dilemma experiment” Environmental & Resource Economics. 55(3): 397-405.

Duke, J.M., S.J. Dundas, and K.D. Messer. 2013. “Cost-Effective Conservation Planning: Lessons from Economics” Journal of Environmental Management. 125: 126-133.

Keisner, D.K., K.D. Messer, W.D. Schulze, and H. Zarghamee. 2013. “Testing Social Preferences for an Economic ‘Bad’: An Artefactual Field Experiment.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 115(1): 27–61.

Liu, Z., C. Kanter, K.D. Messer, and H. M. Kaiser. 2013. “Identifying significant characteristics of organic milk consumers: a CART analysis of an artefactual field experiment” Applied Economics. 45(21): 3110-3121.

Messer, K.D., G.L. Poe and W.D. Schulze. 2013. “The Value of Private Versus Public Risk and Pure Altruism: An Experimental Economics Test.” Applied Economics. 45(9): 1089-1097.

Suter, J., J. Duke, and K.D. Messer, and H. Michael. 2012. “Behavior in a Spatially Explicit Groundwater Resource: Evidence from the Lab.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 94(5): 1094-1112.

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

Messer, K.D., G.L. Poe, D. Rondeau, W.D. Schulze and C. Vossler. 2010. “Social Preferences and Voting: An Exploration Using a Novel Preference Revealing Mechanism.” Journal of Public Economics 94(3-4): 308-317.

Kanter C., K.D. Messer and H.M. Kaiser. 2009.“Does Production Labeling Stigmatize Conventional Milk?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(4):1097-1109.

Messer, K.D., H.M. Kaiser and W.D. Schulze. 2008. “The Problem of Free Riding in Voluntary Generic Advertising: Parallelism and Possible Solutions from the Lab” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 90(2):540–552.

Messer, K.D., H. Zarghamee, H.M. Kaiser and W.D. Schulze. 2007.“New Hope for the Voluntary Contribution Mechanism: The Effects of Context.” Journal of Public Economics 91(9):1783-1799.

Messer, K.D., W.D. Schulze, K.F. Hackett, T. Cameron, and G. McClelland. 2006. “Can Stigma Explain Large Property Value Losses? The Psychology and Economics of Superfund.” Environmental and Resource Economics 33(3): 299-324.

Messer, K.D., T.M. Schmit and H.M. Kaiser. 2005.“Optimal Institution Designs for Generic Advertising: An Experimental Analysis.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87(4): 1046-1060.


Contact Information
Kent Messer

Unidel Howard Cosgrove Chair for the Environment
Director, Center for Experimental & Applied Economics
Co-Director, Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research

Joint appointments:
Department of Economics;
School of Marine Science & Policy

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