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Emery N. Castle Endowed Chair in Resource and Rural Economics
Member of Graduate Faculty in:
Water Resources Policy and Management
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Professor Wu's research areas include the optimal design of agri-environmental policy, the spatial modeling of land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and the analysis of rural-urban interdependencies and causes of spatial variations in economic development. The research projects that he has conducted include optimal allocation of conservation funds in the presence of threshold effects and ecosystem linkages; targeting payments for ecosystem services under asymmetric information; the slippage effect of conservation programs; environmental and distributional impacts of alternative conservation targeting strategies; mandatory versus voluntary environmental regulations; dynamic interactions between urban development and land use regulations; the impacts of bioenergy production on land use and environmental quality; causes and evolution of spatial variations in economic development; firms' motivations for environmental violations and overcompliance; globalization and the spatial distribution of polluting industries; and energy prices, land use patterns, and housing and financial crises of 2007.
Professor Wu has received several awards for quality research, including the Quality of Research Discovery Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Outstanding Published Research Awards from the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He served as an associate editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics and is a member of the editorial council for several professional journals, including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, and Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
- Optimal design of agri-environmental policy
- Spatial modeling of land use change and its socioeconomic and environmental impacts
- Analysis of rural-urban interdependencies and causes of spatial variations in economic development