S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Applied Economics
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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Political psychologist and expert on voter behavior and emotion, focusing on how voters process information to make their decisions.
Education and Social Policy
Research interests include obesity, food policy, community nutrition, as well as the value and limitations of supermarkets and corner stores.
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Research investigates the interplay of emotion, motivation, personality and cognition, with a focus on how emotions influence our thoughts.