George Parsons

Professor, School of Marine Sciences and Policy

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 307 Robinson Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6891



  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1985
  • A.B., Economics, Indiana University, 1975
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “Willingness to Pay for Electric Vehicles and Their Attributes” (with Michael Hidrue, Willett Kempton, and Meryl Gardner) Resource and Energy Economics, 2011.
  • “Valuing the Visual Disamenity of Offshore Wind Projects at Varying Distances from the Shore: An Application to Delaware’s Shoreline” (with Andrew Krueger and Jeremy Firestone) Land Economics 87(2), 2011.
  • “Effects of Information about Invasive Species on Risk Perception and Seafood Demand ” (with Tim Haab, John Whitehead, and Jamie Price) Resource and Energy Economics, 32, 2010.
  • “Compensatory Restoration in a Random Utility Model of Recreation Demand” (with Ami Kang) Contemporary Economic Policy, 28(4), 2010.
  • “Measuring the Recreational Use Value of Migratory Shorebirds: A Stated Preference Study of Birdwatching on the Delaware Bay” (with Kelley Meyers and Peter Edwards) Marine Resource Economics, 25, 2010.

Awards & Honors

  • Scientific Advisory Board, US Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Economics Committee, 2008 -
  • National Academy of Sciences, Committee on the Review of Fisheries Survey Methods, 2005-6.
  • Associate Editor, Marine Resource Economics, 1999-2007.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1994-1997.
  • Board of Directors, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 1999-2002.
  • Selected Grants: US Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Park Service.


  • Environmental Economics
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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