School of Economics Research

Consistent with UMaine’s Vision, SOE Faculty strive to transform lives through research, teaching, and public service. We conduct research to advance understanding and knowledge of economic and social systems. Students are a key part of SOE’s research enterprise, and we take great pride in providing hands-on research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students. SOE Faculty and student research programs address a range of economics and public policy topics, including economic development, labor market, natural resource management, health, education, finance, and energy, climate, & environmental policy issues. We are constantly growing and advancing collaborative research partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines and institutions & maintain engaged research partnerships with groups throughout Maine, the US, and beyond.

SOE Google Scholar Page

SOE IDEAS Publications Page

Crawley and students
Klein and Fox in the field

Research and service partnerships internal to UMaine

School of Economics faculty are connected to a wide range of research units and service organizations across the entire University of Maine, including:

The majority of faculty are involved with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s center for applied and basic research in agriculture and food sciences, forestry and wood products, fisheries and aquaculture, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and rural economic development.

Research and service partnerships external to UMaine

SOE faculty conduct research to support and work collaboratively with researchers at several government,  industry, and community institutions, including:

U.S. Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

State Agencies

  • Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Maine Department of Administrative & Financial Services (Maine State Economist Office)
  • Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Maine Department of Labor
  • Maine Department of Marine Resources
  • Maine National Guard
  • Maine Public Utilities Commission

Communities, Industry Groups, Non-profit Organizations, & Other Groups

  • Island Institute
  • Maine Development Foundation
  • Maine Municipalities
  • Maine Food Strategy
  • Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Northern Light Health 
  • Symphony Health Solutions
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine