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Kathleen Segerson

  • Fellow, AERE 2008
  • Appointed Member, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007
  • Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Connecticut, 2006
  • Science Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2002-Present
  • AAEA Foundation Board, 2002-2005
  • Department Head, University of Connecticut, 2001-2005
  • Co-editor, Ashgate Studies in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 2000-2005
  • Professor, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, 1996-Present
  • Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1996-1999
  • Visiting Associate Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 1992, 1993
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1991-1993
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1989-1991
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, 1987-1996
  • AAEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1985
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1984-1987
  • PhD, Cornell University, Department of Agricultural Economics, 1984
  • Research Analyst, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power, 1977-1979
  • BA, Dartmouth College, Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, 1977

Kathleen (Kathy) Segerson has made significant research contributions in the field of environmental economics. She developed the theory behind an ambient-based policy to control agricultural sources of non-point pollution. This work has given rise to a substantial theoretical literature on ambient-based policies, as well as more recent experimental work. She has also developed models to study the use of legal liability rules to address environmental externalities. She was among the first researchers to study how different liability rules would affect firm behavior in a variety of environmental contexts. In recent years, Segerson has focused much of her attention on the incentives that exist under voluntary approaches to environmental protection, highlighting the role of regulatory threats.

Segerson is currently a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, and has served on numerous national advisory and review panels. She has served as an Editor of AJAE and a member of the AAEA Foundation Board. She was also an Associate Editor for AJAE and the JEEM. She is currently President-elect of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), and was recently selected to be a 2008 Fellow of AERE.