Unidel Howard Cosgrove Career Development Chair in Environment
Applied Economics and Statistics
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Areas of Expertise
- A behavioral economist, Messer specializes in land/environmental conservation and consumer responses to food scares.
- Conducts various experiments into consumer response, gauging human reactions and behaviors related to topics such as organic, local, and sustainable food labels, renewable energy projects, charitable giving and land conservation.
- Served as founding director of a Colorado wildlife area. Pioneered efforts to improve conservation effectiveness that have been applied to protecting endangered species, wetlands, and agricultural areas.
- Has investigated Superfund sites' relationship to neighboring property values.
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