Steven J. Dundas

Steven J. Dundas
Oregon State University | OSU · Department of Applied Economics

Ph.D. Economics

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Introduction
I am an environmental economist with a research focus on non-market valuation, coastal ecosystem services, adaptation to climate change, and environmental policy evaluation. I am currently an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Applied Economics and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station.

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Publications (26)
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Managed retreat is a climate adaptation strategy involving government buyouts of at-risk properties that is currently underutilized in coastal areas of the United States. These programs often require both voluntary homeowner applications and municipal government support for a successful buyout. We use a conceptual framework and a set of empirical m...
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Managed retreat is a climate adaptation strategy involving government buyouts of at-risk properties that is currently underutilized in coastal areas of the United States. These programs often require both voluntary homeowner applications and municipal government support for a successful buyout. We use a conceptual framework and a set of empirical m...
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The magnitude and direction of the economic effects of removing or retrofitting housing in hazard-prone coastal locations is an open empirical question. Using data from a voluntary buyout and acquisition program in the U.S. state of New York, we recover hedonic estimates of the property value impacts of government-acquired properties in the state's...
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Public lands in the United States have recently experienced significant increases in visitation. Journalists and park managers suggest Instagram, a social media platform, as a potential reason for this increase. We explore this issue in the Oregon State Park system in the United States by combining visitation data with park-specific georeferenced c...
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We design a choice experiment to examine public preferences for coastal dune ecosystem restoration in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Dunes are a public good whose natural state is now rare. Respondents are asked to choose among hypothetical projects that vary by project size, restoration quality, recreation access, flooding risk, and cost. Restoration...
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Improved understanding of angling behavior in recreational fisheries can help managers account for partial controllability in systems in which angling effort is not directly regulated. Relevant aspects of angling behavior include fishing participation, site choice, and catch-and-release actions and can be considered at scales of both aggregate fish...
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Conservation spending aimed at helping threatened species lacks information on the marginal benefits of increases in the abundance of threatened species that occur at different points in time. This paper develops an empirical approach combining a choice experiment and a structural model to estimate two key parameters in a dynamic willingness-to-pay...
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Credible empirical estimation of the economic impacts of climate change is dependent on data structure (e.g., cross sectional, panel) and the functional relationship between weather data and behavioral outcomes. We show here how these modeling decisions lead to significantly different results when estimating the effects of weather and simulating th...
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A primary conduit for coastal adaptation to climate change on private land is the hardening, or armoring, of the shoreline to mitigate the effects of erosion and sea-level rise (SLR). When such decisions are made at the parcel-level, there is potential for spatial spillovers, including externalities due to deflected wave action and peer effects. We...
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Efficient adaptation to climate change in coastal areas is likely to require public policy interventions. New policies or expectations of policy changes that impact private assets, such as housing, may generate economic incentives that result in unintended consequences. We examine the effect on new housing development resulting from a scientific re...
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Estimating non-market benefits for erosion protection can help inform better decision-making and policies for communities to adapt to climate change. We estimate private values for a coastal protection option in an empirical setting subject to irreversible loss from coastal erosion and a land-use policy that provides identifying variation in the pa...
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Recent warnings from scientists suggest there is limited time to enact policies to avert wide‐ranging ecological and social damage from climate change. In the United States, discussions about comprehensive national policies to avert climate change have begun, with “Green New Deal” proposals and climate plans put forth by members of Congress and pre...
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A critical barrier to effective management of deep-sea resources is a lack of understanding by society of the benefits received from the oceans. To address this knowledge gap, we applied an iterative design-based research methodology to evaluate (1) how to effectively use an exhibit to increase public literacy of the deep sea over the short and lon...
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Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular leisure activities in the United States, yet the potential impacts of climate change on the non-market aspects of this activity are largely unknown or poorly understood. We estimate the non-linear effect of temperature and precipitation on the demand for a significant segment of the outdoor recreation e...
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Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular leisure activities in the United States, yet the potential impacts of climate change on the non-market aspects of this activity are largely unknown or poorly understood. We estimate the non-linear effect of temperature and precipitation on the demand for a significant segment of the outdoor recreation e...
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Threatened species are increasingly dependent on conservation investments for persistence and recovery. Information that resource managers could use to evaluate investments – such as the public benefits arising from alternative conservation designs – is typically scarce because conservation benefits arise outside of conventional markets. Moreover,...
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Management of public lands often involves competing uses and difficult tradeoffs. In this article, we examine the impact of an economically important, policy-relevant public land management regulation designed to protect coastal biodiversity. We focus our attention on the land use conflict at Cape Hatteras National Seashore between off-road vehicle...
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This paper empirically estimates the economic impacts of a large-scale public investment in natural infrastructure aimed at adapting to climate change and increasing coastal resilience. I utilize temporal and spatial variation in investment in dunes to provide a hedonic property value estimate of the economic benefits. I identify the net effect of...
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Empirical studies and on-the-ground policies assessing optimal selection of projects in the context of payments for environmental services programs rarely consider spatial proximity of one project to other projects. This occurs despite evidence from theoretical and ecological studies that benefits are often spatially interdependent. This paper deve...
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This paper empirically estimates the economic impacts of a large-scale public investment in natural infrastructure aimed at adapting to climate change and increasing coastal resilience. I utilize temporal and spatial variation in investment in dunes to provide a hedonic property value estimate of the economic benefits. I identify the net effect of...
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Management of public lands often involves competing uses and difficult tradeoffs. Here we examine the implications of a direct federal land use conflict in Cape Hatteras National Seashore: off-road vehicle (ORV) access and endangered species protection. Results from a repeated discrete choice model of recreational angler behavior suggest that the e...
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This article provides a practical, applied analysis of optimal targeting in agricultural land preservation, comparing the performance of four alternative targeting strategies. Nonmarket benefit data and hedonic cost estimates are used for parcels in Sussex County, Delaware. The results show that branch-and-bound optimization (OPT) does not signific...
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Log export bans (LEBs) are a popular development tool utilised by developing nations with sizable endowments of timber; however, the actual impact of these policies is debatable. British Columbia has a developed forestry sector and still maintains a LEB. This trade restriction continually creates conflicts with Canada's international trade partners...
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Economists advocate that the billions of public dollars spent on conservation be allocated to achieve the largest possible social benefit. This is "cost-effective conservation"-a process that incorporates both monetized benefits and costs. Though controversial, cost-effective conservation is poorly understood and rarely implemented by planners. Dra...
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Economists advocate that the billions of public dollars spent on conservation should be allocated to achieve the largest possible social benefit. This is what we term “cost-effective conservation”-- a process that incorporates both benefits and costs that are measured with money. This controversial proposition has been poorly understood and not imp...

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