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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Natural Resource Economics
Craig E. LandryAssociate Professor, Department of Economics
Assistant Director, Center for Natural Hazards Research
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
My interests lie in the areas of natural resource management, natural hazard mitigation, public policy analysis, and charitable fundraising. I have experience in applying economics to better understand natural resource and hazard management issues, such as identification of conditions under which beach replenishment makes economic sense, assessment of household behavior under conditions of risk and uncertainty, analysis of trip-taking and site choice of coastal visitors, and evaluation of citizens’ preferences for post-disaster community rebuilding. I am also interested in understanding what induces people to give to charitable organizations and factors that influence commitment to charitable causes.
I am primarily an applied economist, utilizing empirical and experimental methods. I have expertise in natural resource and environmental economics, nonmarket valuation, experimental economics, and, to a lesser extent, behavioral economics. I am interested in estimating economic value of coastal resources (i.e., nonmarket goods, such as beaches) and using estimated values in applying economic models to enlighten coastal resource management. A line of my research agenda involves using laboratory and field experiments to assess the validity of methods of nonmarket valuation. I have a number of papers and projects that seek to contribute to a better understanding of community and household mitigation of natural hazards, focusing on perceptions and knowledge of hazards, the provision of information, and individual and collective action. For example, I am interested in testing theories of rational choice in the realm of mitigation of flood hazards and insurance provision and purchase. I am also interested in broadening the scope of microeconomic models to include factors such as perceptions, psychological limitations and biases, sociological structures, and errors in judgment or choice.