Kathleen Segerson


Subject Areas: Environmental and Resource Economics

Dr. Kathleen Segerson is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and UConn Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut.  She previously held the Philip E. Austin Endowed Chair and served as department head in the Department of Economics. 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 is currently a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and served from 2005-2011 as a member of the Chartered Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). She is also past-president of AERE, and has served as Vice-President and a member of the AERE Board of Directors. She is currently a 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
— ECON 5301: Mathematical Economics
— ECON 6201: Microeconomics II
— ECON 6466: Environmental Economics

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