Kurt Stephenson

Professor

Expertise:

Education

Ph.D., Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 1994.

M.S. Agricultural Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, July 1988.

B.S. Economics, Radford University, June 1986.

Overview

My research interests include market-based environmental policies, water resource economics and policy, and the role of economic analysis in public policy. My current work focuses on nutrient credit trading, stormwater management, enhancing nutrient sink functions, and incentives to reduce agricultural nonpoint source nutrient runoff.

My extension/outreach is directed largely at supporting public policy decision-making in the area of water resources.  I have served on numerous water quality policy and regulatory advisory committees at the state, regional and federal levels.

Selected Service

Selected Outreach Publications/Reports

Bott, C., M. Brush, E. Canuel, M. Johnston, P. Kangas, S. Lane, P. May, W. Mulbry, M. Mulholland, D. Sample, K. Sellner, and K. Stephenson. 2015. “Nutrient and Sediment Reductions from Algal Flow-way Technologies: Recommendations to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Water Quality Goal Implementation Team from the Algal Flow-way Technologies BMP Expert Panel” October 21, 2015. Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis MD. 

Stephenson, K. D. Parker, C. Abdalla, L. Shabman, J. Shortle, C. Jones, B. Angstadt, R. Rose, D. King, D. Hansen. 2009. Evaluation Framework for Water Quality Trading Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 33pp. Report to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD

Current Research Focus

  • Demand for nonpoint source credits in water quality trading programs
  • Cost and adoption incentives of agricultural biofilters
  • Evaluation of  in lieu fee programs in wetland and stream compensatory mitigation programs

Courses taught

  • AAEC 1005 Economics of the Food and Fiber System
  • AAEC 4314 Environmental Economic Analysis and Management
  • AAEC 5144 Resource and Environmental Economics

Experience

  • Professor, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. June 2008 - Present.
  • Associate Professor, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. June 2001 - 2008.
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. November 1995 - June 2001.
  • Senior Research Associate, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. October 1994 - October 1995.
  • Research Associate, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 1989-1990.
  • Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 1988-1989.

Awards

2005 Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Best Theory-Oriented Paper for 2000, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Leonard Shabman and Kurt Stephenson “Environmental Valuation and Its Economic Critics.”  Selected by Environmental & Water Resources Institute Planning and Management Council, American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Selected recent publications

 

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