CBEAR and its network of researchers applies insights from behavioral economics to better understand how and why people make decisions, and this research will ultimately help the USDA and its partners make programs better for farmers.

List of CBEAR publications

  1. Making More Effective Use of Behavioural Science in Conservation Interventions. Balmford, A, Bradbury, R., Bauer, JM, Broad, S., Burgess, G., Burgman, M., Byerly, H., Clayton, S.,  Espelosin, D., Ferraro, PJ,  Fisher, B., Garnett, EE, Jones, JPG, Marteau, T., Otieno, M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, TH, Sandbrook, C., Trevelyan, R., van der Linden, S., Veríssimo, D., Nielsen, KS. 2021. Biological Conservation.
  2. Using a Randomized Controlled Trial to Develop Conservation Strategies on Rented Farmlands.  Weigel, C%, S. Harden, Y Masuda, P Ranjan, C Wardropper, PJ Ferraro, L Prokopy, S Reddy. 2021. Conservation Letters.
  3. Biodiversity Conservation as a Promising Frontier for Behavioural Science. Nielsen, K. S., Marteau, T., Bauer, JM, Bradbury, RB, Broad, S., Burgess, G., Burgman, M., Byerly, H., Clayton, S.,  Espelosin, D., Ferraro, PJ,  Fisher, B., Garnett, EE, Jones, JPG, Otieno, M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, TH, Trevelyan, R., van der Linden, S., Veríssimo, D., Balmford, A. 2021. Nature Human Behaviour.
  4. A Story Induces Greater Environmental Contributions than Scientific Information among Political Liberals but not Conservatives. Byerly, H, PJ Ferraro, T Li, K Messer, C Weigel. 2021. One Earth 4: P545-552. Infographic
  5. Conservation Outreach that Acknowledges Human Contributions to Climate Change does not Inhibit Action by U.S. farmers: Evidence from a large randomized controlled trial embedded in a federal program on soil health. Ferraro, PJ, J Fooks, R Iovanna, J Larson, B Meiselman, M. Kecinski, K Messer, M Wilson. 2021. PLoS One.
  6. Rented Farmland: The Missing Piece of the Nutrient Management Puzzle in the Upper Mississippi River Basin? Masuda, Y, S Harden, P Ranjan, C Wardropper, C Weigel, PJ Ferraro, S Reddy, L Prokopy. 2021. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
  7. Paying Americans to Take the Vaccine – Would it help or backfire? Robertson, C, D Scheitrum, A Schaefer, T Malone, B McFadden, PJ Ferraro, K Messer. 2021. Journal of Law and the Biosciences.
  8. The Problem of Feral Hogs and the Challenges of Providing a Weak-link Public Good. Ellis, S, M Masters, K Messer, C Weigel, PJ Ferraro. 2021. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 43(3): 985–1002.
  9. Is there a Replicability Crisis on the Horizon for Environmental and Resource Economics? Ferraro, PJ, P Shukla%. 2020. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 14(2)
  10. The Effect of Peer Comparisons on Polluters: A randomized field experiment among wastewater dischargers. Earnhart, D, PJ Ferraro. 2020. Environmental and Resource Economics.
  11. Conservation Behavior and Effects of Economic and Environmental Message Frames. Reddy, S, C Wardropper, C Weigel%, Y Masuda, S Harden, P Ranjan, J Getson, L Esman, PJ Ferraro, L Prokopy. 2020. Conservation Letters.
  12. Challenges in Recruiting U.S. Farmers for Policy-Relevant Economic Field Experiments. Weigel, C%, LA Paul, PJ Ferraro, KD Messer. 2021. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 43(2): 556-572.
  13. The Behavioural Effect of Electronic Home Energy Reports: Evidence from a randomised field trial in the United States. Henry, M*, PJ Ferraro, A Kontoleon. 2019. Energy Policy 132: 1256-1261.
  14. A Field Experiment to Estimate the Effects of Anchoring and Framing on Residents’ Willingness to Purchase Water Runoff Management Technologies. Li, T, J Fooks, K Messer, and PJ Ferraro. 2021 .  Resource and Energy Economics. 63: 101107.
  15. Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research: Methodological Challenges, Literature Gaps, and Recommendations. Palm-Forster, L, PJ Ferraro, N Janusch, C Vossler, KD Messer. 2019. Environmental and Resource Economics 73(4): 973-993.
  16. Nudging Pro-environmental Behavior: Evidence and opportunities. Byerly, H, A Balmford, PJ Ferraro, W Hammond, E Palchak, S Polasky, T Ricketts, A Schwartz, B Fisher. 2018. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  17. Applying Behavioral Insights to Improve Water Security. Ferraro, PJ, KD Messer, S Wu. 2017. Choices, Quarter 32(4): 1-6.
  18. Behavioral Science Tools for Energy and Environmental Policy. Yoeli, E. et al. 2017. Behavioral Science and Policy 3(1), 69–79.
  19. Addressing Participant Inattention in Federal Programs: A Field Experiment with the Conservation Reserve Program. Wallander, S., PJ Ferraro, N Higgins. 2017. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(4): 914-931.
  20. Mitigating Stigma Associated with Recycled Water: Aquifer Recharge and Trophic Levels. Ellis, S.F., O. Savchenko, and K.D. Messer. Forthcoming. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  21. Stewardship Signaling and Use of Social Pressure to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution. Palm-Forster, L.H., M. Griesinger, J.M. Butler, J.R. Fooks, K.D. Messer. Forthcoming. Land Economics.
  22. The Impact of Expiration Dates on Hedonic Markets for Perishable Products. Li, T., K.D. Messer, and H.M. Kaiser. 2020.. Food Policy.
  23. A Case for Measuring Negative Willingness to Pay for Consumer Goods. Bass, D.A., B.R. McFadden, and K.D. Messer. 2021. Food Policy.
  24. Fear of Fraud and Willingness to Pay for Hybrid Maize Seed in Kenya. Gharib M.H., L.H. Palm-Forster, T.J. Lybbert, and K.D. Messer. 2021. Food Policy
  25. Some Taxes Are Better Than Others: An Economic Experiment Analyzing Groundwater Management in a Spatially Explicit Aquifer. Duke, J.M., Z. Liu, J.F. Suter, K.D. Messer, and H.A. Michael. F2020. Water Resources Research.
  26. Consumer Perceptions After Long Term Use of Alternative Irrigation Water: A Field Experiment in Israel. Ellis, S.F., M. Kecinski, K.D. Messer, and C. Lipchin. 2021. Applied Economics Policy and Perspective.
  27. Bidding Behavior in Auctions versus Posted Prices: Comparisons of Mean and Marginal Effect. Wu S., J.R. Fooks, T. Li., K.D. Messer, D.A. Delaney. 2021. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 50: 315-337.
  28. Is There a Potential U.S. Market for Seaweed-Based Products? A Framed Field Experiment on Consumer Acceptance. Li., T, Ahsanuzzaman, and Kent D. Messer. 2021. Marine Resource Economics. 36(3).
  29. COVID 19 Induced Stigma in U.S. Consumers: Evidence and Implications. McFadden B.R., T. Malone, M. Kecinski, and K.D. Messer. 2021. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 103(2): 486-497.
  30. Impact of Peer Comparisons and Firm Heterogeneity on Nonpoint Source Water Pollution: An Experimental Study. Wu, S, L.H. Palm-Forster, and K.D. Messer. 2021. Resource and Energy Economics. 63: 10142.
  31. Barriers to Using Economic Experiments in Evidence‐Based Agricultural Policymaking. Rosch S., S.R. Skorbiansky, C. Weigel, K.D. Messer, and D. Hellerstein. 2021.  Applied Economics Policy & Perspectives. 43(2): 531-555.
  32. Preferences for Local Food: Tourists versus Local Residents. Li, T. K.D. Messer, A. Mamadzhanov, and J. McCluskey. 2020. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 68(4): 429-444.
  33. Environmental and Regulatory Concerns during the COVID 19 Pandemic: Results from the Pandemic Food and Stigma Survey. Kecinski M., K.D. Messer, B.R. McFadden, and T. Malone. 2020. Environmental and Resource Economics. 74(4): 1139-1148.
  34. Is This Food ‘Local’? Evidence from a Framed Field Experiment. Li, T., Ahsanuzzaman, and K.D. Messer. 2020. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 45(2): 179-198.
  35. Addressing Social Dilemmas with Mascots, Information, and Graphics. Butler, J.M., J.R. Fooks, K.D. Messer, and L.H. Palm-Forster. 2020. Economic Inquiry. 58(1): 150-168. 
  36. Does Food Processing Mitigate Consumers’ Concerns about Crops Grown with Recycled Water? Savchenko, O.M., T. Li, M. Kecinski, and K.D. Messer. 2019. Food Policy. 88:101748.
  37. Common Pool Resource Management at the Extensive and Intensive Margins: Experimental Evidence. Suter, J., S. Collie, J.M. Duke, K.D. Messer, and H.A. Michael. 2019.  Environmental and Resource Economics. 73(4): 973-993.
  38. The Importance of Selecting the Right Messenger: A Framed Field Experiment on Recycled Water Products. Whiting A., M. Kecinski, T. Li, K.D. Messer, and J. Parker. 2019. Ecological Economics. 161: 1-8.
  39. Reclaimed Water and Food Production: Cautionary Tales from Consumer Research. Savchenko, O., M. Kecinski, T. Li, and K.D. Messer. 2019. Environmental Research. 170: 320-331.
  40. Experimental Evidence on Policy Approaches that Link Agricultural Subsidies to Water Quality Outcomes. Palm-Forster, L, J. Suter, and K.D. Messer. 2019. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 101(1):109-133.
  41. What’s in a Name? Branding Reclaimed Water. Ellis, S., O.M. Savchenko, and K.D. Messer. 2019. Environmental Research. 172: 384-393.
  42. Fresh Foods Irrigated with Recycled Water: A Framed Field Experiment on Consumer Response. Savchenko, O., M. Kecinski, T. Li, K.D. Messer, and H. Xu. 2018. Food Policy. 80: 103-112.
  43. Mitigating Public Concerns about Recycled Drinking Water: Leveraging the Power of Voting and Communication. Kecinski, M. and K.D. Messer. 2018. Water Resources Research. 54(8): 5300-5326.
  44. Ignorance Is Bliss?: Experimental Evidence on Wine Produced from Grapes Irrigated with Recycled Water. Li, T., J. McCluskey, and K.D. Messer. 2018. Ecological Economics. 153: 100-110.
  45. Behavioral Responses to Science-based Eco-labeling: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Li, T., M. Kecinski, and K.D. Messer. 2018. Applied Economics. 50(39): 4250-4263.
  46. The Science of Strategic Conservation: Protecting More with Less. Messer, K.D. and W.A. Allen. 2018. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.
  47. When Cleaning Too Much Pollution Can Be a Bad Thing: A Field Experiment of Consumer Demand for Oysters. Kecinski, M., K.D. Messer, and A.J. Peo. 2018. Ecological Economics. 146: 686-695.
  48. The Effect of Information on Discriminatory-Price and Uniform-Price Reverse Auction Efficiency: An Experimental Economics Study of the Purchase of Ecosystem Services. Duke, J., K.D. Messer, L. Lynch, and T. Li. 2017. Strategic Behavior and the Environment. 7(1-2): 41-71.
  49. Labeling Food Processes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Messer, K.D., M. Costanigro, and H. Kaiser. 2017. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy. 39(3): 407-427. 
  50. Consumer Preferences for Oyster Attributes: Field Experiments on Brand, Locality, and Growing Method. Kecinski, M., K.D. Messer, L. Knapp, and Y. Shirazi. 2017. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 46(2): 315-337.
  51. Heterogeneous Preferences for Oysters: Evidence from Field Experiments. Li, T., M. Kecinski, and K.D. Messer. 2017. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 46(2): 296-314. 
  52. When Does Public Information Undermine the Effectiveness of Reverse Auctions for the Purchase of Ecosystem Services? Messer K.D., J. Duke, L. Lynch, and T. Li. 2017. Ecological Economics. 134: 212-226.
  53. Nudging Charitable Giving: Three Field Experiments. Zarghamee, H., K.D. Messer, J.R. Fooks, W.D. Schulze, S. Wu, and J. Yan. 2017. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 86: 137-149.
  54. The Impact of Information on Behavior Under an Ambient-based Policy for Regulating Nonpoint Source Pollution. Miao, H., J. Fooks, T. Guilfoos, K.D. Messer, S.M. Pradhanang, J. Suter, S. Trandafir, E. Uchida. 2016. Water Resources Research. 52: 3294-3308.
  55. The Effects of Climate Change Information on Charitable Giving for Water Quality Protection: A Field Experiment. Ellis, S.F., J.R. F Fooks, K.D. Messer, and M.J. Miller. 2016. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 45(2): 319-337.
  56. Stigma Mitigation and the Importance of Redundant Treatments. Kecinski, M., Kerley, D., K.D. Messer, and W.D. Schulze. 2016. Journal of Economic Psychology. 54: 44-52. 
  57. Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets: Experimental Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting. Fooks, J.R., N. Higgins, K.D. Messer, J.M. Duke, D. Hellerstein, and L. Lynch. 2016. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 98(2): 468-488.