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Bob Turner

Bob Turner

Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Economics, 228 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7529


BA, Oberlin College, 1978; PhD, MIT, 1984

Teaching Experience

Environmental Economics; Seminar in Resource and Environmental Economics; Managing Complexity: America’s Public Lands; Seminar in Environmental Studies; Interdisciplinary Investigations in Environmental Issues; Social Science Perspectives on Environmental Issues;Econometrics; Statistics; Mathematical Economics; Introductory Economics (combined micro and macro); Economics of Taxation; Labor Economics; Intermediate Microeconomics; The Making of Economic Policy


Environmental economics, econometrics, statistics, introductory economics, mathematical economics, public economics


Economic analysis of national parks; valuation of the environment


  • “Using Contingent Choice Surveys to Inform National Park Management” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences Volume 3, Issue 2 (2013), Page 120-138. DOI 10.1007/s13412-013-0110-7
  • (with W. Reed Walker) "Explaining the Determinants of Operating Budgets at U.S. National Parks," Public Finance Review 34(5) (September 2006) 551-573
  • (with J. Baldani and J. Bradfield ), Mathematical Economics, 3rd edition, Linus Publications, (2011)
  • (with Alita Giuda and Laura Noddin), "Estimating Nonuse Values Using Conjoint Analysis," Economics Bulletin 17(7) (2005) 1-15
  • "Fringe Benefits," entry in Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy, 2nd edition, Joseph Cordes, Robert D. Ebel, and Jane G. Gravelle, editors Washington: Urban Institute Press, (2005)
  • "The Optimal Provision of Services in National Parks," Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy, 2(1) Article 9 (2002)
  • "Market Failures and the Rationale for National Parks," Journal of Economic Education 33 (2002) 347-356
  • "Managing Multiple Activities in a National Park," Land Economics 76 (August 2000) 474-485

Professional Experience

  • Associate editor, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Reviewer for many journals and textbook publishers and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Science Foundation
  • Honors examiner, Oberlin College, Economics Department. 
  • Junior economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Washington, DC
  • Member, Economics Advanced Placement Committee