Economics ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-29-2019


The 2018 IPCC report declared damages from climate change rapidly approaching. This dissertation consists of three empirical studies employing unique data sets and three econometric methods. First, I consider energy portfolios; I find that political affiliation is not the strongest driving factor of heterogeneity. Second, I examine the impact of observable characteristics in explaining preferences for the environment and regulation; I find opinion on climate change is an important factor and that omitting it results in changes to the significance of other factors. Finally, I study the impact of wildfires on visitation to national parks; I find that in the short run, visitation increases following a wildfire but as the number of fires per year increases, visitation decreases. Using both revealed and stated preference studies, I find that preferences do not fit into neat boxes that can be succinctly summarized. These results provide insights form policymakers to better develop policies.

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Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Economics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Janie M Chermak

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Thacher

Third Committee Member

Brady Horn

Fourth Committee Member

Shana McDermott

Project Sponsors

(NSF EPSCoR Energize New Mexico Award # 1301346); Center for Regional Studies




natural resource economics, environmental economics, preferences, wildfire, energy

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Economics Commons