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Gregory Poe


Areas of Expertise

Environmental Policy

Contact Information

407 Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.4707
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My research interests lie in the empirical exploration, from an economic perspective, of factors that affect individual and group participation in public programs, with a focus on environmental issues. This broad interest has taken two distinct paths, bridging the efficiency and cost-effectiveness paradigms in environmental economics. Much of my work has been directed toward developing improved measures of hypothetical and actual demand for public, environmental resources: with “hypothetical” corresponding to contingent valuation research and “actual” involving related experimental laboratory and field research on public good provision mechanisms and revealed choices. I have also established an active research program on the design of incentive programs for reducing emissions from nonpoint and point sources. A frequent subject of my applied work is water resources, ranging from the non-market valuation of pollution damages to ground and surface water, to the design and assessment of non-point and point source water pollution incentive policies, to recreational fisheries.

Much of my published work is methodological, targeted to academic audiences through journal articles and book chapters. However, as an applied economist it is also important that my work informs contemporary policy. Reflecting this intent, my early water valuation work has been used in Federal Rulemaking such as the 2003 Final CAFO Rule and 2013 Steam Electric Power Effluent Guidelines. My more recent watershed-level research has informed US Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Trading policy and the ongoing US Army Corps of Engineers/US Congress determination of the best way to prevent interbasin transfer of invasive species between the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River basins. During my recent sabbatical leave in Spring 2014, I engaged in ecosystem-sevice-related projects in Myanmar and Ecuador.

Prior to graduate school, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working on capture fisheries management in northern Cameroun. I currently serve as Editor of Resource and Energy Economics.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
B.A., Pomona College, 1983


AEM 1500: An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
AEM 6510: Environmental and Resource Economics

Selected Publications

Nonmarket Valuation and Public Goods

Ho, B., J. Taber, G.L.  Poe, and A.M. Bento, 2014. “Moral Licensing and Moral Cleansing in Contingent Valuation and Laboratory Experiments on the Demand to reduce Externalities” (Revise and Resubmit at Environmental and Resource Economics)

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

Poe, G.L. and C.A. Vossler, 2011. “Consequentiality and Contingent Values: An Emerging Paradigm” in J. Bennett ed., International Handbook on Non-Market Valuation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Messer, K.D., G.L. Poe, D. Rondeau, W.D. Schulze and C.A. Vossler. 2010. Exploring Voting Anomalies Using a Demand Revealing Random Price Voting Mechanism. Journal of Public Economics 94:308–317.

Water Resources

Suter, J.F., J. Spraggon, and G.L. Poe, 2013. “Thin and Lumpy: An Experimental Investigation of Water Quality Trading”. Water Resources and Economics 1(1):36-60.

Ready, R.C., G.L. Poe, T. Bruce Lauber, Selmin Creamer, Nancy A. Connelly, and Richard C. Stedman, Dec. 2012. Net Benefits of Recreational Fishing in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River, and Ohio River Basins, Final Report to US ACE, Dec. 2012.

Suter J.F., K. Segerson, C.A. Vossler, and G.L. Poe, 2010. “Voluntary-Threat Approaches to Reduce Ambient Water Pollution.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 92(4): 1195-1213.

Sado, Y., R. N. Boisvert and G.L. Poe, 2010. “Potential Cost Savings from Discharge Permit Trading: A Case Study and Implications for Water Quality Trading.” Water Resources Research 44:020501.

Active Grants

"Landscape Conservation in the Chocó-Andean Biological Corridor: Integrating Local Communities and Wildlife for a Sustainable Future." Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future – Academic Venture Fund, 2014-2015.

"Biological and Social Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lake: Development of Scenarios through Expert Judgment and Assessment of Impacts on Recreational Angling." Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, 2014-2015.

"An Environmental Flows Framework for the Andes." Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future – Academic Venture Fund. 2013-2014.

"Exploring the Shelf Life of Travel Cost Methods of Valuing Recreation for Benefits Transfer." USDA Hatch Funds, 2013-2015.