Keith Evans

EvansEducation: Ph.D., Economics, Iowa State University

CV: Updated CV – August 7, 2017

Email Address:

Phone:  207.581.4324 and 207.581.3178

Location: 210A Libby Hall and 302 Winslow Hall

Mailing Address:  Libby Hall, Orono, ME  04469

Website:  Google Scholar Page


Research Area:  

Rights-Based Fisheries Management; Cooperation in the Commons; Marine Aquaculture; Nonmarket Valuation; Applied Econometrics.

My research falls into two categories, marine resource economics and applied econometrics. My work with marine resources is interested in the dynamic behavior of fishermen faced with uncertainty, but who have noisy information available – that is, learning is possible. Uncertainty is pervasive in fisheries. The ocean is very large and complex, and constantly changing. In this setting, fishing outcomes are determined by the dynamic interaction of fishermen and this biologic system. At any given point in time, no fisherman, manager, or economist can predict with certainty the outcome of this interaction. Fishermen will not know what they will catch/earn from a site until they pull up their gear. Despite this, fishermen still decide where to fish and managers still set regulations. I am interested in how these fishermen make choices in this setting. Understanding how they respond may provide insight into how to adjust incentives to achieve socially advantageous outcomes.

My work in applied econometrics is more varied. This research has a strong emphasis on non-market valuation – measuring the value of goods/activities that do not have a direct market price. This research has dealt with issues such as rounding in recreation demand models, valuing water quality across Iowa lakes and rivers, remediation of Superfund sites in Arizona, and estimating reputation formation among consignors (middlemen) in the market for thoroughbred racehorses.


I am currently working on several projects. These range from valuing the loss of revenue associated with the closure of clam acreage in Maine, to examining the adjustment of fisheries and fishermen to changes in marine policy, to studying fisheries as a complex adaptive system. Much of this work is interdisciplinary, offering me the opportunity to work with anthropologists, biologists, computer scientists, oceanographers, and statisticians (just to name a few).

Future research will focus on harvesting cooperatives, which exist in several U.S. fisheries. Specifically, I am interested in how harvesting cooperatives form, coordinate fishing activities, share rents and information and evolve over time.


  • ECO 420 – Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus (undergraduate)
  • ECO 485 – Introduction to Economic Statistics and Econometrics (undergraduate)
  • ECO 531 – Advanced Econometrics and Applications (graduate)
  • SMS 598 – Special Topics in Marine Sciences: Coastal and Marine Resource Management (graduate)

Recent Publications

  • Evans, Keith S., Xuan Chen, and Christina A. Robichaud. (forthcoming) “A Hedonic Analysis of the Impact of Marine Aquaculture on Coastal Housing Prices in Maine.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
  • Evans, Keith S., Caroline L. Noblet, Emma Fox, Kathleen P. Bell, and Abigail Kaminski. (forthcoming) “Public Acceptance of Coastal Zone Management Efforts: The Role of Citizen Preferences in the Allocation of Funds.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
  • Herrera, Guillermo E., Keith S. Evans, and Lynne Y. Lewis (forthcoming) “Aligning Economic and Ecological Priorities: Conflicts, Complementarities, and Regulatory Frictions.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
  • Abigail Kaminski, Kathleen P. Bell, Caroline Noblet, and Keith S. Evans. (forthcoming) “An Economic Evaluation of Coastal Beach Safety Information.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
  • Dumortier, Jerome, Keith S. Evans, Carola Grebitus, and Pamela A. Martin. (2017) “The Influence of Trust and Attitudes on the Purchase Decision of Organic Produce.” Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing. 29(1): 46-69.
  • Evans, Keith S., Kevin Athearn, Xuan Chen, Kathleen P. Bell and Tora Johnson. (2016) “Measuring the impact of pollution closures on commercial shellfish harvest: The case of soft-shell clams in Machias Bay, Maine.” Ocean & Coastal Management. 130: 196-204.
  • Noblet, Caroline, Mario Teisl, Keith S. Evans, Mark W. Anderson, Shannon K. McCoy and Edmund Cervone.  (2015) “Public Preferences for Investments in Renewable Energy Production and Energy Efficiency.” Energy Policy. 87: 177-186.
  • Evans, Keith S. and Quinn Weninger (2014) “Information Sharing and Cooperative Search in Fisheries.’’ Environmental and Resource Economics, 58(3): 353-372.

Current Graduate Students

  • Christina A. Robichaud. 2nd-year MS student in Resource Economics and Policy.
    • Thesis: The development of marine aquaculture in shared coastal waters: A spatial analysis of the marginal and non-marginal impacts on coastal housing prices.
  • Shuling Chen. 1st-year MS student in Marine Policy.
  • Ashley Charleson. 1st-year MS student in Marine Policy and MS student in Marine Biology.
  • Chelsea Liddel. 1st-year MS student in Resource Economics and Policy.
  • Drew Rosebush. 1st-year MS student in Resource Economics and Policy.

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