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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  • Ellis, S.F.; Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D.; Lipchin, Clive (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2020-03)
    This study provides the first revealed preference estimates of Israeli’s willingness-to-pay for produce irrigated with alternative water. It also investigates how exposure to information about the benefits and risks of ...
  • Ahsanuzzaman; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2020-06)
    We conduct a stated-preference choice experiment to reveal motorists’ driving-related behavioral responses to different types of signs indicating that the road is flooded and travel costs associated with avoidance of the ...
  • Ellis, S.F.; Savchenko, Olesya M.; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2020-06)
    Stigmatization of water and food products can constrain markets and prevent the implementation of scientifically safe solutions to environmental problems, such as water scarcity. Recycled water can be a cost-effective, ...
  • Cao, Emma Yiqin; Xie, Weitao; Dong, Chunzhi; Qiu, Jing (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2020-05)
    Machine learning plays an important role in the data science field nowadays. They can be used for classification problems. In this project, we are interested in understanding what kinds of people were more likely to ...
  • Li, Tongzhe; Ahsanuzzaman; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-12)
    Novel foods, such as seaweed, often meet resistance in consumer markets even though their cultivation can largely benefit the environment. Therefore, research in consumer acceptance is needed before launching a novel ...
  • Ellis, Sean F.; Kecinski, Maik; Messer, Kent D.; Lusk, Jayson L. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-12)
    Dealing with large-scale societal problems such as water scarcity often requires changes in behavior that consumers resist. Some sustainable, cost-effective, and safe solutions are even rejected because of a psychological ...
  • Ellis, Sean F.; Savchenko, Olesya; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-12)
    Stigmatization of water and food products can constrain markets and prevent the implementation of scientifically safe solutions to environmental problems, such as water scarcity. Recycled water can be a cost-effective, ...
  • Ahsanuzzaman; Islan, Muhammad Q. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-12)
    Both developed and developing countries face natural disasters, but it is the poor areas in developing countries, particularly women and children, that are most affected by those disasters in terms of loss of lives and ...
  • Palm-Forster, Leah; Ferraro, Paul J.; Janusch, Nicholas; Vossler, Christian A.; Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-12)
    Insights from behavioral and experimental economics research can inform the design of evidence-based, cost-effective agri-environmental programs that mitigate environmental damages and promote the supply of environmental ...
  • Ritchie, Kaitlynn; Maik, Kecinski; Kent D., Messer (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-10-01)
    In 2016, Flint, Michigan declared a State of Emergency due to high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. Flint is predominantly black or African-American and the average income is significantly below the U.S. average. ...
  • Li, Tongzhe; Ahsanuzzaman; Messer, Kent (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2019-04)
    In the marketplace, consumers often see foods labeled as “local.” But laws regarding what foods can be labeled as local vary, and how consumers perceive the definition of such labels has received little attention. To study ...
  • 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 ...

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