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

Current Sponsored Research

USDA Economic Research Service. 2014-2017. “USDA Center for Behavioral and Experimental AgriEnvironmental Policy Research (C-BEAR)” $750,000. K.D. Messer and P. Ferraro (PIs), D. Just, M. Price, and G. Poe (co-PIs).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant. 2014-2017. “Economics of Ecosystem Services for Oyster Aquaculture.” $317,215. S.L. Jardine (PI), J. Eward, M. Kecinski, K.D. Messer, G. Parsons, and J.K. York (co-PIs).

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).


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

Select Publications

Messer K.D and A. Borchers. Forthcoming “Choice for Goods under Threat of Destruction.”  Economic Letters. 

Messer, K.D., M. Kecinski, R. Hirsch, and X. Tang. Forthcoming. “Applying Multiple Knapsack Optimization to Improve the Cost Effectiveness of Land Conservation.” Land Economics.

Fooks, J., N. Higgins, K.D. Messer, J. Duke, D. Hellerstein, and L. Lynch. Forthcoming. “Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets: Experimental Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Fooks, J., K.D. Messer, and J. Duke. 2015. “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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Applied Economics and Statistics
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Newark, DE 19716
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