Department of Applied Economics and Statistics

 

Department of Applied Economics and Statistics (APEC) carries on an extensive and coordinated program of teaching, public service, and research. The Department is within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Delaware.

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  • Palm-Forster, Leah, H.; Ferraro, Paul J.; Janusch, Nicholas; Vossler, Christian A.; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-03)
    In our recent paper in Environmental & Resource Economics, we recommend that authors report standardized effect sizes when reporting the results of experimental economics studies (Palm-Forster et al., forthcoming). ...
  • Savchenko, Olesya M.; Li, Tongzhe; Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-09)
    This paper presents results of a field experiment designed to evaluate whether food processing alleviates consumers’ concerns about crops grown with recycled water. Recycled water has emerged as a safe and cost-effective ...
  • Savchenko, Olesya M.; Kecinski, Maik; Li, Tongzhe; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-09)
    Reclaimed water has been identified as a viable and cost-effective solution to water shortages impacting agricultural production. However, lack of consumer acceptance for foods irrigated with reclaimed water remains one ...
  • Ellis, Sean F.; Savchenko, Olesya M.; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-09)
    Reclaimed water is often presented as a cost-effective, reliable, and safe solution to increasingly common water shortages in the United States and across the globe, but studies have shown that consumers tend to object to ...
  • Ellis, S.F.; Kecinski, M.; Messer, K.D.; Lipchin, C. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-08)
    In the first half of 2018, approximately 31% of the continental United States was experiencing some level of drought, conditions that are predicted to spread as climate change hastens shifts in the global water cycle. ...
  • Jennings, A.B.; Messer, M.K. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-07)
    The introduction of smart phones, such as the iPhone, and associated applications (also known as apps) have established a new platform for gaming. Industry reports suggest that upwards of 60 percent of the players of these ...
  • Palm-Forster, Leah H.; Duke, Joshua M. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-08)
    Through this guided activity, students will gain a deeper understanding of congestion externalities by analyzing the welfare implications of road congestion and road tolls. Students will work in groups and report-out ...
  • Li, Tongzhe; Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-02)
    This study uses unique data collected from field experiments to investigate consumer willingness to pay (WTP) for otherwise homogeneous commodities that provide different levels of environmental services. On average, ...
  • Fooks, Jacob R.; Messer, Kent D.; Suter, Jordan F. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-01)
    This research uses experiments involving student and farmer participants to explore the informational structure of nonpoint source pollution policies in a spatial, physically realistic stream setting with high frequency ...
  • Xu, Huidong; Savchenko, Olesya; Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D.; Li, Tongzhe (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-01)
    Recycled water is one potential solution to meeting the growing demand for irrigation water in the U.S. and worldwide. However, widespread adoption of recycled water by agriculture will depend on consumers’ acceptance of ...
  • Butler, Juliana M.; Fooks, Jacob R.; Messer, Kent D.; Palm-Forster, Leah H. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2018-01)
  • Cai, Yunjiao; Fu, Zhuolun; Zhao, Yuzhe; Hu, Yilin; Ding, Shanshan (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-09)
    In this study, we evaluate the predictive performance of popular statistical learning methods, such as discriminant analysis, random forests, support vector machines, and neural networks via real data analysis. Two datasets, ...
  • Wu, Shang; Zia, Asim; Ren, Mengyuan; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    In this paper, we develop an agent-based model that scales up results from economic experiments on technology diffusion and abatement of non-point source water pollution under the conditions of an actual watershed. The ...
  • Wu, Shang; Palm-Forster, Leah; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    Non-point source (NPS) water pollution from agricultural runoff is a leading cause of impairment for many water bodies in the United States; however, sources of NPS pollution are difficult to identify because of hidden ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Bernard, John M.; Albrecht, Sara; Vitz, Gregory (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-01-02)
  • Fooks, Jacob R.; Messer, Kent D.; Duke, Joshua M.; Johnson, Janet B.; Parsons, George R. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    This research measures the welfare losses to beachgoers from the visual disamenity associated with offshore energy projects. We use a contingent-behavior approach in a field setting wherein respondents use a simulation to ...
  • Wu, Shang; Fooks, Jacob; Li, Tongzhe; Messer, Kent D.; Delaney, Deborah (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    Economic experiments have been widely used to elicit individuals’ evaluation for various commodities and non-market goods. Common elicitation methods include auctions and posted price mechanisms. Experimental auctions are ...
  • Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    Differences between private and public decision-making are quantified using willingness-to-accept (WTA) data collected in artefactual field experiments. Participants first make decisions in a second-price auction (private ...
  • Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D.; Peo, Audrey J. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-06)
    In the United States and many other countries around the world, estuary eutrophication is a major environmental problem than can results in harmful algal blooms with detrimental impacts on eco-systems and humans, while ...
  • Palm-Forster, Leah H.; Suter, Jordan F.; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2017-03)

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