OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor
Name: Andrew Plantinga
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC)

Research Theme: Research focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Particular emphasis is given to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the application of land-use models to environmental and resource policy problems, and the modeling of land development pressures. Current projects involve the use of a national-level (U.S.) econometric model of land use to evaluate wildlife conservation policies and factors determining historical land-use changes. Another project analyzes the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife species, and evaluates land-use policies designed to lessen adverse effects of fragmentation. Several projects examine how growth management restrictions in Oregon affect property values. Finally, he has been working on applying techniques from macroeconomics to models of natural resource markets. A current project analyzes optimal fisheries management under uncertainty.

Research Fields:

Forestry and Forest Management
Mitigation Policy

Professional Activities:

Incentives for Reducing Habitat Fragmentation and Enhancing Carbon Sequestration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, August 2007.

Land-Use Change and Carbon Sequestration, Keynote Address at the Workshop on Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and Forestry, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 27, 2007.

Planting Trees to Curb Global Warming: Science, Economics, and Recent Policy Developments, Grinnell College, Department of Economics, February 2007.

Land-Use Change and Carbon Sinks: Econometric Estimation of the Carbon Sequestration Supply Function, Stanford University, Department of Economics, October 2005.

Selected Publications:

Lubowski, R.N., Plantinga, A.J., and R.N. Stavins. 2006. Land-Use Change and Carbon Sinks: Econometric Estimation of the Carbon Sequestration Supply Function. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 51(2):135-52.

van ‘t Veld, K., and A. Plantinga. 2005. Carbon Sequestration or Abatement? The Effect of Rising Carbon Prices on the Optimal Portfolio of Greenhouse-Gas Mitigation Strategies. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 50(1):59-81.

Plantinga, A.J., and J. Wu. 2003. Co-Benefits from Carbon Sequestration in Forests: Evaluating Reductions in Agricultural Externalities from an Afforestation Policy in Wisconsin. Land Economics 79(1):74-85.

Matthews, S., O’Connor, R., and A.J. Plantinga. 2002. Quantifying the Impacts on Biodiversity of Policies for Carbon Sequestration in Forests. Ecological Economics 40(1):71-87.