Assistant Professor of Economics
Hubbard Hall - 109B
An introduction to economic analysis and institutions, with special emphasis on the allocation of resources through markets. The theory of demand, supply, cost, and market structure is developed and then applied to problems in antitrust policy, environmental quality, energy, education, health, the role of the corporation in society, income distribution, and poverty. Students desiring a comprehensive introduction to economic reasoning should take both Economics 1101 and 1102 . For proper placement students should fill out the economics placement request form and must be recommended for placement in Economics 1101. Not open to students who have taken Economics 1050.
Seminar. Analysis of the economic forces that shape land-use patterns, the relationship between land-use patterns and ecosystem service provision and biodiversity persistence, and the economic value of ecosystem service provision. Investigates methods for increasing ecosystem service values on the landscape and the economic cost of these methods. Analysis of land-use externalities and the failure of land-use patterns to generate maximum societal net benefits; neoclassical economic theory on land-use; methods for estimating market value of land; methods of non-market valuation; efficient land-use patterns from a societal perspective; methods for finding efficient land-use patterns; and governmental and non-governmental organization land conservation programs. Permission of instructor required during add/drop for all students; required at all times for students who have credit for Economics 2218 (same as Environmental Studies 2302) or 2228 (same as Environmental Studies 2228).
See Professor Nelson's ResearchGate and Google Scholar webpages and the Bowdoin Economics Department Working Paper Series for more information on his research, copies of papers, supplementary information for papers, and other research-related material.
"Ecosystem-based adaptation" (Chapter xx in Climate Change and Biodiversity, 2nd edition)
Data and Methodology for “Box 4.4. Adapting to Climate Change By Maximizing a Supporting Service: Soil Quality” from Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services. Technical Input to the National Climate Assessment
Appendix to "Evaluating the Role of the Amazon Protected Areas Program and Anti-Deforestation Policies for Supplying Hydropower, Avoiding Carbon Emissions, and Economic Returns in the Brazilian Amazon" pp. 63-78 in A.A. Aguirre and R. Sukumar, eds. Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities. (2016) Oxford University Press, New York. (PDF)
Modeling and Simulating Land-Use Change on Sumatra, Indonesia. Technical appendix for Marlier, Miriam E., Ruth DeFries, Derric Pennington, Erik Nelson, Elsa Ordway, Jeremy Lewis, Shannon Koplitz, and Loretta Mickley. 2014 "Future fire emissions associated with projected land use change in Sumatra" Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb12691. (PDF)
Modeling and Simulating Land-Use Change on Sumatra, Indonesia. Appendix Database A for Marlier, Miriam E., Ruth DeFries, Derric Pennington, Erik Nelson, Elsa Ordway, Jeremy Lewis, Shannon Koplitz, and Loretta Mickley. 2014 "Future fire emissions associated with projected land use change in Sumatra". Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb12691. (.xlsx)