Kathleen Segerson

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Economics and The Graduate School


Subject Areas: Environmental and Resource Economics

Dr. Kathleen Segerson is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of The Graduate School at the University of Connecticut.   She received a BA in mathematics from Dartmouth College and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from Cornell University. She is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Dr. Segerson’s research focuses on the incentive effects of alternative environmental policy instruments, with particular emphasis on the application of legal rules and principles to environmental problems. Specific research areas include: the impact of legal liability for environmental damages in a variety of contexts, including groundwater contamination, hazardous waste management, and workplace accidents; land use regulation and the takings clause; voluntary approaches to environmental protection; the impacts of climate change on U.S. agriculture; and incentives to control nonpoint pollution from agriculture.

Dr. Segerson has served on multiple external advisory boards, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program Advisory Committee at the National Academy of Sciences, the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources at the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Member Organization of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the advisory boards of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and the Nordic Center for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER).  She also served from 2005-2011 as a member of the Chartered Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). She has been past-president of AERE, and has served as Vice-President and a member of the AERE Board of Directors.  She is a former co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and has previously served as a co-editor and an associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 1984
B.A., Economics, Dartmouth College, 1977

Courses Taught:
— Public Finance
— Contemporary Problems in Economics
— Mathematical Economics
— Microeconomics
— Environmental Economics

Research Interests: Environmental Economics, Law and Economics, Applied Microeconomics

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Office HoursFall 2022: MW, 1:00-2:00, and by appointment