George Parsons


Department: Economics
Campus Address: 307 Robinson Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6891


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1985
  • A.B., Economics, Indiana University, 1975


  • “Willingness to Pay for Electric Vehicles and Their Attributes” (with Michael Hidrue, Willett Kempton, and Meryl Gardner) Resource and Energy Economics, 2011.
  • “Valuing the Visual Disamenity of Offshore Wind Projects at Varying Distances from the Shore: An Application to Delaware’s Shoreline” (with Andrew Krueger and Jeremy Firestone) Land Economics 87(2), 2011.
  • “Effects of Information about Invasive Species on Risk Perception and Seafood Demand ” (with Tim Haab, John Whitehead, and Jamie Price) Resource and Energy Economics, 32, 2010.
  • “Compensatory Restoration in a Random Utility Model of Recreation Demand” (with Ami Kang) Contemporary Economic Policy, 28(4), 2010.
  • “Measuring the Recreational Use Value of Migratory Shorebirds: A Stated Preference Study of Birdwatching on the Delaware Bay” (with Kelley Meyers and Peter Edwards) Marine Resource Economics, 25, 2010.

Awards & Honors

  • Scientific Advisory Board, US Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Economics Committee, 2008 -
  • National Academy of Sciences, Committee on the Review of Fisheries Survey Methods, 2005-6.
  • Associate Editor, Marine Resource Economics, 1999-2007.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1994-1997.
  • Board of Directors, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 1999-2002.
  • Selected Grants: US Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Park Service.


  • Environmental Economics
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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