Kevin J. Boyle


  • Professor and Director, Program in Real Estate



Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin

M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University

B.A. Economics, Distinction, University of Maine


My research focuses on improving methods to measure nonmarket values and to elicit preferences.  I work with stated-preference methods (contingent valuation and choice modeling), revealed-preference methods (hedonic and travel-cost models, and averting behavior) and benefit transfers.  Application of my research include surface and groundwater, land use, forest health, climate change, marine resources, and health.  I have participated in numerous projects throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Chile, Australia, Bangladesh and India.


Role of Graduate Students

A fundamental goal of my research program is to include undergraduate and graduate students to educate the next generation of scientists and decision makers.  Nearly all of my publications are co-authored with students, which provides them with practical, hands-on experience in the research process.

Current Projects (PI or co-PI)

“Sitting of Community Wind Farms: An Investigation of the NIMBY Effect.” 

“Large-scale Hedonic Property Value Analysis of Forest Pest Impacts Related to Climate Change - Impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle on Property Values.”  Sponsor: U. S. Forest Service. 

“Large-scale Hedonic Property Value Analysis of Forest Pest Impacts Related to Climate Change - Impact of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on Property Values.” Sponsor: U. S. Forest Service. 

“Meta-analysis of Forest-Based Hedonic Property Value Studies: Value of Tree Cover in Suburban Areas.”  Sponsor: U. S. Forest Service. 

“Dynamic Interactions of Monetary and Non-monetary Incentives in Weight Loss Interventions.” Sponsor: NIH. 

“Integrated Management of Zoosporic Pathogens and Irrigation Water Quality for a Sustainable Green Industry.”  Sponsor: USDA-Specialty Crops. 



  • Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, September 2012 to present.
  • Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, September 2005 to March 2012.
  • Distinguished Maine Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Policy, Department of Wildlife Ecology, September 2002 to August 2005
  • Chair, Department of Resource Economics and Policy, University of Maine, June 2003 to August 2005.
  • Founding Director, Center for Tourism Research and Outreach (CenTRO), University of Maine, September 2004 to August 2005.

Selected Awards

“Service Award.”  Land, Water and Environmental Economics Section, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2015.

Publication of Merit, Environmental and Resource Economics, 2014. Boyle, Kevin J., Christopher C. Parmeter, Bent Boehlert, and Robert Paterson. 2013. “Due Diligence in Meta-Analyses to Support Benefit Transfers.” Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 55 (3): 357-386. 

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, “U.S. Professor of the Year, Maine,” 2004

“Distinguished Maine Professor.” University of Maine, 2003.

ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program Certificate, 2003.

“Distinguished Member,” Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, 2002.

“2001 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.” University of Maine.

“Post-Tenure Merit Award.” University of Maine, 2001.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Robert J. Johnston, Kevin J. Boyle, Wiktor Adamowicz, Jeff Bennett, Roy Brouwer, Trudy Ann Cameron, W. Michael Hanemann, Nick Hanley, Mandy Ryan, Riccardo Scarpa, Roger Tourangeau, Christian A. Vossler. "Contemporary Guidance for Stated Preference Studies." 2017, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 4 (2): 319-405

Rothwell, Erin, Sapna Kaul, Kevin Boyle, and Bob Wong.  "Value of Genetic Incidental Findings Related to Cancer Causing Genes." American Journal of Cancer Prevention (forthcoming).

Kaul, Sapna, Rochelle R. Smits-Seeman, Eduardo R. Zamora, Holly Spraker-Perlman, Kevin J. Boyle and Anne C. Kirchhoff.  “Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors’ Valuation of Post-Treatment Recommended Care.” Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (forthcoming).

Siriwardena, Shyamani, Kevin J. Boyle, Thomas P. Holmes and P. Eric Wiseman.  2016. “The implicit value of tree cover in the U.S.: A meta-analysis of hedonic property value studies.” Ecological Economics, Vol. 128: 68-76.

Cultice, Alyssa, Darrell J. Bosch, James W. Pease and Kevin J. Boyle.  2016. “Horticultural Growers’ Willingness to Adopt Recycling of Irrigation Water”.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Vol. 48 (1): 99–118. 

 Boyle, K.J., R.W. Paterson, R.T. Carson, Christopher Leggett, B. Kanninen, John Molenar, and J. Neumann.  2016. “Valuing Shifts in the Distribution of Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas in the United States.”  Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 173: 10-22. 

Cohen, Jed, Klaus Moeltner, Christine Blinn, Kevin J. Boyle and Thomas P. Holmes. 2016. “Hedonic Valuation with Translating Amenities: Mountain Pine Beetles and Host Trees in the Colorado Front Range.”  Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 65 (3): 613-642.

Boyle, Kevin J., Mark Morrison, Darla Hatton MacDonald, and Roderick Duncan. 2016. “Investigating Internet and Mail Implementation of Stated-Preference Surveys While Controlling for Differences in Sample Frames”. Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 64 (3):401-419.

Yuan, Yuan, Kevin J. Boyle and Wen You.  2015.  “Sample Selection, Individual Heterogeneity and Regional Heterogeneity in Valuing Farmland Conservation Easements.”  Land Economics, Vol. 91 (4): 627-649.  

Dymond, Randy, Kevin J. Boyle, Yvan J. Beliveau, Rosemary Carucci Goss, Raman Kumar and P. Eric Wiseman.  2015.  “Development of an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Real Estate: Breaking Down University Silos.”  Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, Vol. 18 (2):141-162. 

Tanellari, Eftila, Darrell Bosch, Kevin Boyle and Elton Mykerezi.  2015.  “On consumers’ attitudes and willingness to pay for improved drinking water quality and infrastructure.”  Water Resources Research, Vol. 51 91): 47-57. 

Hashemi, Ali, Wen You, Kevin J. Boyle, Christopher F. Parmeter, Barbara Kanninen and Paul A. Estabrooks.  2015.  “Identifying Financial Incentive Designs to Enhance Participation in Weight Loss Programs.”  Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, Vol. 5 (247):2. 

Zhang, Congwen, Kevin J. Boyle and Nicolai V. Kuminoff.  “Partial Identification of Hedonic Demand Functions.”  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 71:180-197.  

Aziz, Sonia, Kevin J. Boyle and Thomas Crocker.  “Parental Decisions, Child Health and Valuation of Avoiding Arsenic in Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh.”  Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 13 (1): 152-167. 

Li, Xiaoshu, K. J. Boyle, Thomas P. Holmes, and Genevieve Pullis-LaRouche.  2014.  The effect of on-site forest experience on stated preferences for low impact timber harvesting programsJournal of Forest Economics, Vol. 20 (4): 348-362. 

Li, Xiaoshu, Evan L. Preisser, Kevin J. Boyle, Thomas P. Holmes, Andrew Liebhold and David Orwig.  2014.  “Potential social and economic impacts of the hemlock woolly adelgid in Southern New England.” Southern Naturalist/Northeastern Naturalist, Vol. 13 (6): 130-146.  

Aziz, Sonia, Khwaja M. Sultanul Aziz and Kevin J. Boyle.  2014.  "Arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh: factors affecting child health."  Frontiers in Public Health, Volume 2, Article 57: 1-6. 

Tobias Börger, Nicola J. Beaumont, Linwood Pendleton, Kevin J. Boyle, Philip Cooper, Stephen Fletcher, Tim Haab, Michael Hanemann, Tara L. Hooper, S. Salman Hussain, Rosimeiry Portela, Mavra Stithou, Joanna Stockill, Tim Taylor and Melanie C. Austen.  2014.  “Incorporating Ecosystem Services in Marine Planning: The Role of Valuation.”  Marine Policy, Vol. 46:161-170. 

Boatwright, Jessica, Kurt Stephenson, Kevin Boyle, and Sara Nienow.  2013.  “Stormwater Control Infrastructure and Residential Property Values.” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

Kaul, Sapna, Kevin J. Boyle, Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Christopher F. Parmeter and Jaren C. Pope.  2013.  “What Can We Learn from Benefit Transfer Errors?  Evidence from 20 Years of Research on Convergent Validity.”  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Boyle, Kevin J., Christopher C. Parmeter, Bent Boehlert, and Robert Paterson.  2013.  “Due Diligence in Meta-Analyses to Support Benefit Transfers.” Environmental and Resource Economics.

Kotchen, Matthew J., Kevin J. Boyle and Anthony A. Leiserowitz. 2013.  “Policy-Instrument Choice and Benefit Estimates for Climate-Change Policy in the United States.”  Energy Policy, Vol. 55: 617-625.  

Teisl, Mario F., Eric Fromberg, Andrew E. Smith, Kevin J. Boyle and Haley M. Engelberth.  2011.  “Awake at the Switch: Improving Fish Consumption Advisories for At-risk Women.”  Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 409 (18):3257-3266.  

Hatton-MacDonald, Darla, Mark Morrison, John Rose and Kevin J. Boyle.  2011.  “Valuing a Multi-State River: The Case of the River Murray.”  TheAustralian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 55 (3): 373-391. (

Zhang, Congwen, and Kevin J. Boyle.  2010.  “The Effect of an Aquatic Invasive Species (Eurasian Watermilfoil) on Lakefront Property Values.” Ecological Economics, Vol. 70 (2): 394-404. 

Boyle, Kevin J., Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Christopher F. Parmeter and Jaren C. Pope.  2010.  “The Benefit Transfer Challenges.”  Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 2: 161-182. 

Taylor, Laura, Mark Morrison and Kevin J. Boyle.  2010.  "Exchange Rules and the Incentive Compatibility of Choice Experiments."  Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 47 (2): 197-220.

Boyle, Kevin J., Nicolai Kuminoff, Congwen Zhang, Michael Devanney, and Kathleen P. Bell.  2010.  "Does a Property-Specific Environmental Health Risk Create a 'Neighborhood' Housing-Price Stigma? Arsenic in Private Well Water." Water Resources Research, Vol. 46: W03507. (

Scrogin, David, Richard Hofler, Kevin J. Boyle and J. Walter Milon. 2010. “An Efficiency Approach to Choice set Formation: Theory and Application to Recreational Destination Choice.” Applied Economics, Vol. 42 (3): 333-350.

Boyle, Kevin J., Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Christopher F. Parmeter and Jaen C. Pope.  2009.  “Necessary Conditions for Valid Benefit Transfers.”  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 91 (5): 1328-1334.

Neumann, Bradley C., Kevin J Boyle and Kathleen P. Bell.  2009.  “Property Price Effects of a National Wildlife Refuge: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts.”  Land Use Policy, Vol. 26 (4): 1011-1019.

Özdemir, Semra, and Kevin J. Boyle.  2009.  “Convergent Validity of Attribute-Based, Choice Questions in Stated-Preference Studies.”  Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 42 (2): 247-264.

Parson, George, Ami Kang, Christopher Leggett.  2009.  "Valuing Beach Closures on the Padre Island National Seashore."  Marine Resource Economics, Vol. 24 (3): 213-235.

Paterson, Robert W., Kevin J. Boyle, Christopher F. Parmeter, James E. Neuman and Paul De Civita.  2008.  “Heterogeneity in Preferences for Smoking Cessation.” Health Economics, Vol. 17 (12): 1363-1377).

Moeltner, Klaus, Kevin J. Boyle and Robert W. Paterson. 2007.  “Meta-Analysis and Benefit Transfer for Resource Valuation: Addressing Classical Challenges with Bayesian Modeling.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 53 (2): 250-269.

Nelson, Marcy L., James R. Gilbert and Kevin J. Boyle.  2006.  “The Influence of Siting and Deterrence Methods on Seal predation at Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Farms in Maine, 2001-2003.”  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Vol. 63 (July): 1710-1721.

Aziz Sonia N., Kevin J. Boyle, and Mahfuzar Rahman. 2006.  “Knowledge of Arsenic in Drinking-water: Risks and Avoidance in Matlab, Bangladesh.” Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 24 (3): 327-335.

Sargent-Michaud, Jessica, Kevin J. Boyle, and Andrew E. Smith. 2006.  “Cost Effective Arsenic Reductions in Private Wells.”  Water Resources Bulletin.  Vol. 42 (5): 237-245.


 Bell, Kathleen P., Kevin J. Boyle and Jonathan R. Rubin, (eds.).  2006. Economics of Rural Land-Use Change.  Ashgate Publishers: UK.

Heal, Geoffrey M., Edward B. Barbiere, Kevin J. Boyle, Alan P. Covich, Steven P. Gloss, Carlton H. Hershner, John P. Hoehn, Catherine M. Pringle, Stephen Polasky, Kathleen Segerson, and Kristin Schrader-Frechette.  2005.  Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making.  The National Academies Press: Washington, DC.

Champ, Patricia A., Kevin J. Boyle, and Tom C. Brown (eds.).  2003.  A Primer on Nonmarket Valuation.  Kluwer Academic Publishers: Derdrecht.

Bergstrom, John C., Kevin J. Boyle, and Gregory L. Poe (eds.).  2001.  The Economic Value of Water Quality.  Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.: Cheltenham, UK.