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  • Miles, Lenny; Byers, Jenna L.; German, Carl L.; Toensmeyer, U. C. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-03)
    Farmers across the nation are consistently looking for new ways to meet consumer demand and turn positive profit for their operations. One current trend in American agriculture is a high and fast-increasing demand for ...
  • Kecinski, Maik; Keisner, Deborah Kerley; Messer, Kent D.; Schulze, William D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2015-05)
    Our experiments provide insight into the behavioral responses of disgust from an economic perspective. Stigmatization of products and technologies can lead to large monetary losses even when there are no associative risks. ...
  • Kecinski, Maik; Keisner, Deborah Kerley; Messer, Kent D.; Schulze, William D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2015-05)
    Disgust can evoke strong behavioral responses. Sometimes these extreme visceral responses can lead to stigmatization—an overreaction to a risk. In fact, disgust may be so inhibiting that it leads people to refuse to consume ...
  • Wu, Shang; Fooks, Jacob; Messer, Kent D.; Delaney, Deborah (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-05)
    Auction experiments are commonly used to elicit consumer values for a wide range of items and services. These auctions are theoretically incentive compatible so are assumed to give an unbiased estimate of consumers’ ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Messer, Kent D.; Michael, Holly A.; Sparks, Donald L. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-10)
  • Messer, Kent D.; Kecinski, Maik; Tang, Xing; Hirsch, Robert (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-07)
    The literature on optimizing conservation selection traditionally assumes that the conservation agency makes selections based on a single funding source. However, the reality is that conservation groups often piece together ...
  • Wu, Shang; Fooks, Jacob; Messer, Kent D.; Delaney, Deborah (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-05)
    How to best target and attract niche market consumers is an important marketing problem for producers of specialty agricultural products. It is particularly an issue in the honey market where consumers increasingly face ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; McGrath, Joshua M.; Fiorellino, Nicole M.; Monteith, Tyler S.; Rosso, Emileigh (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-03)
    This paper examines the potential for nonadditional nonpoint loadings in the Chesapeake Bay as a result of institutions in the new Maryland Nutrient Trading program. The analysis uses real land/agronomic data from a survey ...
  • Messer, Kent D.; Allen, William; Kecinski, Maik; Chen, Yu (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-03)
    A consensus exists amongst academics that cost-effective land preservation should involve benefits and costs. In reality, the vast majority of conservation programs are not cost-effective, i.e. lower conservation benefits ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Bruck, Jules; Barton, Susan; Murray, Megan (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-03)
    This report describes research on a sustainable landscape intervention in Delaware that altered a residential landscape in order to enhance ecosystem services. This intervention was termed, “contemporary” landscaping. ...
  • Fooks, Jacob; Higgins, Nate; Messer, Kent D.; Duke, Joshua M.; Hellerstein, Dan; Lynch, Lori (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-01)
    Conserving contiguous areas often enhances environmental benefits. However, most conservation efforts are voluntary, incentive-based, do not reward landowners for contiguity, or select based on contiguity. Thus, achieving ...
  • Fooks, Jacob; Messer, Kent D.; Duke, Joshua M.; Johnson, Janet; Parsons, George (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2014-01)
    This research proposes a new approach to measuring and estimating Willingness to Pay (WTP) for a variety of non-market amenities. The continuous variation of attributes present in many non-market goods is utilized to collect ...
  • Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2013-11)
    Linear optimizations models have been used for many practical purposes throughout the years – maximization and minimization models have proved to be key tools when striving to reach a goal. This case study employs such a ...
  • Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2009-07)
    The three following case studies were developed as research projects of the ORES801 course entitled “Optimization: Models and Methods” taught by Dr. Kent Messer in the Fall of 2007 and 2008. The first case study by Allison ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Johnston, Robert J.; Campson, Tammy Warner (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2007-07)
    This report describes results of the 2005 Delaware Community Land Preservation Survey. This survey was a carefully designed choice experiment, which assessed the amount that Delaware residents would be willing to pay in ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Mackenzie, John; Ilvento, Thomas W. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2002-04)
    Can Delaware’s agriculture coexist (and prosper) in the face of competing land uses over the next twenty years? We believe that maintaining Delaware’s agriculture as a viable land-use alternative depends on the success in ...
  • Duke, Joshua M.; Whisler, Jeff (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2002-02)
    This report describes an application of and the procedures for developing a web-based interface on a Unix server, using a simple guestbook program. The advantage of the guestbook platform is that it is commonly available ...
  • Ehemann, Robert, W.; Duke, Joshua M.; Mackenzie, John (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2001-04)
    Water supply managers in growing areas must address increasing demand for an essentially fixed, though highly variable, resource. This worldwide problem inevitably arises as demand increases with population and standards ...
  • Ilvento, Thomas W.; Loveridge, Scott (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2000-05)
    This study used a telephone survey of coordinators of local Business Retention and Expansion Programs (BR&E). The focus of the of the study was to survey BR&E coordinators who conducted programs in the last five years ...
  • Messer, Kent D. (Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE., 2013-11)
    Northeastern USA tidal marshes provide critical ecological services, including carbon sequestration, water filtration, storm protection, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. Regardless of the services provided, salt ...

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