Location: Bowdoin / Erik J. Nelson

Economics

Erik Nelson

Assistant Professor of Economics

Contact Information

enelson2@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3435
Economics

Hubbard Hall - 109B



Teaching this semester

ECON 1101. Principles of Microeconomics

Erik Nelson
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.

ECON 3521 / ENVS 3921. The Economics of Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity

Erik Nelson
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).



Erik Nelson

Education

  • Ph.D. in Applied Economics with a concentration in Environmental Economics and a minor in Conservation Biology, 2007.
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
           Dissertation: Essays on the Allocation of Federal Species-Specific Recovery Funds under
           the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
  • M.A. in Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Economic Development, 1998.
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, 1993.
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

See Professor Nelson's ResearchGate and Google Scholar webpages 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)

"Carbon credits compete poorly with agricultural commodities in an optimzed model of land use in Northern California"

"Identifying the Impacts of Critical Habitat Designation on Land Cover Change"

"Reclaiming soils to sustain maze and soybean productivity in the Midwestern US given climate change"

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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

Methodology (PDF)

Instructions for using data (PDF)

Zipped folder containing data (ZIP)

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" in A.A. Aguirre and R. Sukumar, eds. Tropical Conservation: A View from the South on Local and Global Priorities. Oxford University Press, New York (forthcoming). (PDF)

Appendix to "Carbon credits compete poorly with agricultural commodities in an optimized model of land use in Northern California" (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)

Appendix for "Obesity Overtaken by Leanness as a Repeated Game: Social Networks and Indirect Reciprocity" (PDF)

Your Call, 09/22/09, KALW, Biofuels.

CNNMoney, 11/09/11, 2012 candidates slip on Econ 101.

The Natural Capital Project

InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs)