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Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy


CEnREP faculty are economists in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State who work on collaborative research with engineers and natural and social scientists throughout the Research Triangle and surrounding regions of North Carolina.

CEnREP Administration

Laura O. Taylor - Director
Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State.  Her research focuses on policy evaluation and the valuation of natural resources and the environment. Recent applications include improving
benefits estimation for policies designed to reduce human mortality; examining household responses to price and non-price water conservation policies; and evaluating the impact of offshore wind energy on coastal tourism markets. Her research has received funding from a variety of sources including the USDA, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.  She is a member of the North Carolina Task Force for the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and recently served on the Science Advisory Board for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NC Legislative Research Commission Advisory Subcommittee on Offshore Energy Exploration. She is a recipient of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship and an American Council on Education Fellowship (2013/14). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and natural resource economics.
Laura Taylor

Roger von Haefen - Associate Director
Dr. von Haefen’s is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State.  His research focuses on environmental economics and policy. Most of his work has developed methodological tools for the non-market valuation of environmental resources with revealed preference data. He has applied these tools to measure the benefits associated with nonpoint source pollution abatement, outdoor recreation, and transportation services. His more recent research focuses on the effects of gasoline prices on fleet fuel economy as well as the demand for water and biofuels. Dr. von Haefen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and natural resource economics and graduate courses in applied econometrics. dr. vonHaefen

CEnREP Affiliated Faculty


Zack Brown is an environmental and resource economist with rich international experience. His research has focused on global malaria control policy, behavioral economics, economic field experiments, survey methods, and more recently on the environmental impacts of household consumption patterns. He is generally interested in analyzing how human behavior interacts with complex environmental and ecological systems, using experimental methods and theory.

Zack Brown
Dr. Fackler is a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State. His research has focused on agricultural price analysis,futures and options markets, risk assessment and management, and computational economics.  Dr. Fackler has published a widely cited book,  Applied Computational Economics and Finance, with Mario Miranda which presents a variety of computational methods used to solve dynamic problems in economics and finance. Recently he has shifted his focus to the application of dynamic optimization theory to problems in environmental and resource economics including land use and conservation, control of greenhouse gases and optimal resource extraction and harvesting. Dr. Fackler teaches graduate courses in derivatives and computational methods in economics. Paul Fackler

Dr. Renkow is a Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics.  His research and teaching interests are in international development and regional economics.  Dr. Renkow’s international work focuses on poverty alleviation, infrastructure planning, and agricultural technology adoption, with special emphasis on the problems of agricultural development in less-favored agroecological zones.  Domestic policy research focuses on community and rural development, rural-urban land use issues, solid waste management and local public finance.  Dr. Renkow is currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and has served on the editorial boards of Review of Agricultural Economics and Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  He is a Fellow of the Rural Development Research Consortium, and regularly serves as a consultant for the World Bank and various international agricultural research centers. Dr. Renkow teaches graduate level courses in economic development. Mitch Renkow







Dr. Thurman is a William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics. His research and teaching interests are in agricultural and natural resource economics. Recent research at the nexus of agricultural and natural resource economics includes the evaluation of land conservation policy effectiveness, analysis of market coordination of pollination services by honeybees, the potential costs of honeybee disease (Colony Collapse Disorder), and analysis of forestry and fishery markets. Dr. Thurman is an editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center. He teaches undergraduate courses in agricultural markets and graduate courses in econometrics. Wally Thurman

CEnREP Research Affiliates

CEnREP Student Affiliates

Current CEnREP Student Affiliates are listed below. Information about academic programs, student placement, and other research projects may be found here.