James Shortle, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics


    About Me


    Research Interests

    The primary focus of my research is the design of economic incentives for managing environmental externalities.  A second interest is integrated assessment for environmental decision making.  Applications address water resources, agri-environmental policy, and climate change. Current research projects examine economic and policy design issues for nutrient pollution and stormwater management, and integrated assessment models for climate change.
    I am currently serving on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee to the Environmental Protection Agencies Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council Committee on Science for the Environmental Protection Agencies Future, and on the Editorial Boards of Environment and Development Economics, and the European Review of Agricultural Economics.

    Current/Recent Courses

    • AEREC 541, Environmental and Resources Economics

    Recent Selected Publications

    Nguyen, N., J. Shortle, R. Reed, and T. Nguyen.  In press.  Water quality trading with asymmetric information, uncertainy, and transactions cots: A stochastic agent-based simulation.  Resource and Energy Economics.  Available online September 24, 2012. 

    Shortle, J. 2012.  Water Quality Trading in Agriculture.  Report to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Directorate for Trade and Agriculture.  OECD Publishing.

    Shortle, J., M. Ribaudo, R. Horan, and D. Blandford, 2012. Reforming Agricultural Nonpoint Pollution Policy in an Increasingly Budget-Constrained Environment. Environmental Science and Technology.  46 (3), pp 1316–1325.

    Ghosh, G., J. Shortle, M. Ribaudo, 2011.  Baseline Requirements Can Hinder Trades in Water Quality Trading Programs: Evidence from the Conestoga watershed.  Journal of Environmental Management.  92: 2076- 2084.

    Horan, R. D., and J.S. Shortle. 2011. Economic and Ecological Rules for Water Quality Trading. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 47(1):59-69.

    Ribaudo, M. J. Shortle, D. Blandford, and R. Horan.  2011. Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Agri-environmental Policies for the Chesapeake Bay.  Choices.  3rd Quarter. 26(3)

    Lichtenberg, E., J. Shortle, J. Wilen, and D. Zilberman. 2010. Natural Resource Economics and Conservation: Contributions of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Economists, American Journal of Agricultural Economics 92(2), 469-486.

    Shortle, J.S. and R.D. Horan.  2008.  The Economics of Water Quality Trading.  International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics.  2(2):101-133.

    Ranjan, R., E. Marshall, and J. Shortle.  2008.  Optimal Renewable Resource Management in the Presence of Endogenous Risk of Invasion.  Journal of Environmental Management.  89(4):273-83.

    Ranjan, R., and J.S. Shortle.  2007.  The Environmental Kuznets Curve When the Environment Exhibits Hysteresis.  Ecological Economics.  64(15): 204-215.

    Horan, R.D., and J.S. Shortle. 2005. When Two Wrongs Make a Right: Second Best Point Nonpoint Trading. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 87(2):340-352.


    ProfessionalAwards and Recognitions

    Fulbright Scholar (1990-1991)

    “Best Article” published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics (1994)

    University Distinguished Professor, Penn State University (2003)

    “Outstanding Article” published in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2004)

    Distinguished Alumnus, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico (2005)

    Distinguished Service Award, NE Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (2007)

    Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Science Research Council (UK) Transatlantic Fellow (2008)     

    Northeast Agricultural Economics Association, Director (1994-1997), President Elect (2002-2003), President (2003-2004), Past President (2004-2005)

    Boggess Award for the "Most Outstanding Article" published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (2012)


    Ph.D., Economics, Iowa State University, 1981