University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Kurt Schwabe

Kurt Schwabe

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Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Economics, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Economics, Duke University
  • B.A., Mathematics/Economics, Macalester College


  • Water Economics
  • Alternative Policy Instruments for Pollution Control
  • Salinity and Drainage Management and Policy
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Management
  • Valuing Ecosystem and Forest Services
  • Revealed and Stated Preference Valuation Methods

Research Group:

  • Graduate Students
    • Lucia Levers (Ph.D., Environmental Management; advisor)
    • Yuhua Xiong (Ph.D., Environmental Economics; advisor)
  • Post-docs
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Brett Ausman
    • Melanie Liu

Representative Publications:

  • “Irrigated Agricultural Adaptation to Water and Climate Variability: The Economic Value of a Water Portfolio,” (w/ M. Mukherjee). American Journal of Agricultural Economics (Accepted 9/30/14), 58 ms pages.
  • “Tropical countries may be willing to pay more to protect their forests,” (w/ J. Vincent, R. Carson, J.R. DeShazo, I. Ahmad, C. Kook, C. Tan, and M. Potts). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Accepted June, 2014.
  • “Residential Water Demand Effect of Increasing Block-rate Budgets,” (w/ K. Baerenklau and A. Dinar). Land Economics. Accepted February, 2014.
  • “Where's the Salt? A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Value of Groundwater to Irrigated Agriculture,” (w/ M. Mukherjee). Agricultural Water Management. Accepted January, 2014.
  • Drought in Arid and Semi-arid Regions: A Multi-disciplinary and Cross-Country Perspective (w/ J. Albiac, J. Connor, R. Hassan, and L. Meza-Gonzalez). Springer Publishing, Dordrecht. 2013.
  • “Drought in Semi-arid and Arid Environments,” (w/ J. Connor). Choices 27(3):1-5. 2012.
  • “Irrigated Agriculture and Climate Change: The Influence of Water Supply Variability and Salinity on Adaptation,” (w/ J. Connor, K. King, and K. Knapp). Ecological Economics 77:147-153. 2012.
  • “Environmental Water Incentive Policy and Return Flows,” (w/ E. Qureshi, J. Connor, and M. Kirby). Water Resources Research 46: 1-12. 2010.
  • “Impacts of Climate Change on Lower Murray Irrigation,” (w/ J. Connor, M. Kirby, D. Kaczan, and D. King). Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 53(3): 437-456. 2009.
  • “Spatial Dynamics of Water and Nitrogen Management in Irrigated Agriculture,” (w/ K. Knapp). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 90(2): 524-539. 2008.
  • “Drainwater Management to Reduce Salinity Problems in Irrigated Agriculture,” (w/ I. Kan and K. Knapp). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(1):133-149. 2006.
  • “Microeconomics of Irrigation with Saline Water,” (w/ I. Kan and K. Knapp). Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 27(1), 16-39. 2002.
  • “Modeling State-level Water Quality Management: The Case of the Neuse River Basin,” Resource and Energy Economics 22, 37-62. 2000.

Courses Taught:

  • ENSC/ECON 006 - Introduction to Environmental Economics
  • ENSC/ECON 143A - Environmental Economics
  • ENSC/ECON 143C - Ecological Economics and Environmental Valuation
  • ENSC 191 - Professional Development
  • ECON 209 - Environmental and Natural Resource Valuation

Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

Honors and Awards

  • Kenneth R. Keller Research Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. North Carolina State University, 1996.
  • Best Teaching Practices Award Recipient. Center for Teaching Excellence. Ohio University, 1998.
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review Award. Journal of Environmental Quality. 2002.
  • 2002 Outstanding Journal Article Award for "Microeconomics of Irrigation with Saline Water," (with I. Kan and K. Knapp). Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
  • Flagship Fellowship. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Australia. 2007-2008.


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Environmental Sciences
Geology 2258

Tel: (951) 827-5116
Fax: (951) 827-3993