Call for Workshop Papers

Water Quality Economics

Abstract Deadline: February 13, 2014

The Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) is excited to host the 2015 Workshop on Water Quality Economics.  The 2015 workshop will be held at the Viking Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island immediately prior the NAREA Annual Meeting.  The workshop will take place on June 27-28, before the NAREA Annual Meeting on June 28-30.  Immediately following the Workshop, during the afternoon on Sunday June 28, we will organize a boat tour of Narragansett Bay to learn about water quality issues in the Bay, details to be released later.  The Workshop may be attended alone or in combination with the NAREA Annual Meeting.

The workshop will include addresses from recognized experts in the field, selected paper presentations chosen on the basis of submitted abstracts, and in-depth working sessions. A special issue of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER) will be published in August 2016 from workshop papers accepted after an expedited version of the journal's peer-review process.

The Workshop will also provide $800 to the presenting author (up to a maximum of 14) upon successful completion of their submission of their paper to ARER.

The Workshop is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the USDA-supported Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR).

Topics for Selected Papers
This Workshop will bring together researchers examining a broad range of economic and environmental issues surrounding the topic of Water Quality Economics.  Interactions among water quality and agriculture pose enduring and complex resource management challenges. Scientific understanding of water quality and agriculture interactions remains incomplete as do governance and regulatory systems for moving such knowledge into action. Control of non-point source pollution from agricultural sources is an arduous natural resource management challenge.  Among a diverse suite of complicating factors, uncertainties over the location of pollution sources, heterogeneous impacts of pollutants on water quality over space and time, valuation of water quality changes, governance of land and water systems, and interactions with climate change fuel the incessant demand for improved knowledge of water quality and agriculture interactions.

The 2015 NAREA Workshop on Water Quality Economics will convene recognized and emerging experts to debate and advance research on the contemporary economic problems in water quality such as non-point source water pollution and corresponding spatial issues that may be present when dealing with water quality. Papers will be solicited that expand the frontier of water quality economics and have a focus on (1) development of markets and/or policy design within or across watersheds; (2) development of economic and biophysical interactions through spatial watershed modeling of land-use, governance, and transport of pollutants with a focus on consequences for US agricultural sustainability; (3) trans-boundary issues of water impairments and governance; (4) valuation of water quality impairments related to ecosystem services that agriculture both provides and relies upon; or  (5) application of behavioral and experimental economics to water quality and agricultural issues.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Authors wishing to have a paper considered for the NAREA Workshop must submit an extended abstract by Friday, February 13, 2015. Abstracts may be submitted online at

 and/or via email to Todd Guilfoos, the Workshop Chair (e-mail to

Abstracts may be e-mailed at any time prior to Friday, February 13, 2015. The extend abstract should be 1000 to 1500 words maximum.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the NAREA Workshop Selected Papers Committee in terms of the significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, and clarity of writing. Authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by March 31, 2015.

Selected paper presentations will be 20 minutes. Full papers must be received from notified authors by May 15, 2015, to be included in the workshop's program. ARER must receive final papers by July 31, 2015, to be considered for expedited review in the special issue of ARER.

For More Information
Further information concerning workshop registration and the final program will be provided in the spring issue of the NAREA Newsletter and on the NAREA website.
For more information, contact the NAREA Workshop committee: