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George Parsons



PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1985
AB, Economics, Indiana University, 1975


Environmental Economics, Applied Welfare Economics, Marine Resource Economics

Joint Appointments

Department of Economics
Department of Applied Economics and Statistics

Research Activities

My recent research centers around the valuation of non-market/environmental goods using revealed and stated preference methods -- travel cost, hedonic price, contingent valuation, and choice experiments. My recent publications include valuation studies related to beach use, shorebirds, electric vehicles, V2G electric vehicles, offshore wind power, compensatory restoration, and beach width and two summary articles on valuation using travel cost models: Encyclopedia and Primer. Most my publications can be found here.

My current research includes: measuring the potential impact of offshore wind power projects on beach use and tourism on the east coast of the United States (funded by BOEM and NOAA), measuring the costs and benefits (and sustainability) of alternative sediment management regimes in the Delaware and Hudson estuaries (NSF), developing a empirical portfolio-based framework for estimating multi-site choice travel cost models, and designing a theoretical model of optimal beach retreat.

Teaching Activities

I teach courses in Environmental Economics, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Topics in Environmental Economics, and a Marine Policy Seminar. I also advise graduate students in the School of Marine Science and Policy and the Department of Economics. My current advisees are: Yossi Shirazi, Ed Carr, Ekaterina Karpov, and Lingxao Yan (PhD) and Meredith Kurz (MMP).

Other Current Professional Activities

Board Member, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, 2016


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Offshore Wind Impacts on Beach Recreation

Measuring the impact of offshore wind projects on beach recreation


Environmental Economics


Marine Policy Seminar


Benefit-Cost Analysis

Selected Works

Download most of George R Parsons' publications from this site

V2G Electric Vehicles

Stated preference study of V2G electric vehicles.

Valuing Beach Width

Contingent behavior study of beach width values in recreational use.


• Coastal-Zone Management


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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