Optimizing Conservation Practices
Assistant Professor of Economics Moriah Bostian has been awarded a grant from the Sylvia Lane Mentorship Fund of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). This award will support a new research collaboration with Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova, Professor of Economics at North Carolina A&T State University, an expert in the area of multi-objective optimization of environmental policies for agriculture. Both Drs. Bostian and Kurkalova use alternative modeling approaches to tackle similar research problems in the area of optimal design of conservation policies and this project, “Bi-level Optimization of Conservation Practices for Agricultural Production” will extend Dr. Bostian’s prior work on a similar bi-level framework to multiple conservation practices using data from Iowa, a much larger and policy-relevant production area. Funds from the grant will support travel to enhance this collaboration.
More about Dr. Bostian’s research is available here. (February 2016)