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Scholarship — Publications and Reports


“Small Modular Reactors (SMR) Adoption, Opportunities and Challenges for Emerging Markets,” (G. Black, D. Shropshire, K. Araujo). Chapter 22 in Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, Second Edition. Elsevier Publishing, 2020.


“Economic Viability of Light Water Small Modular Nuclear Reactors,” (G. Black, F. Aydogan, C. Koerner). Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 103 (1), April 2019.

“Economic Impact Report: Construction and Operation of a Small Modular Electric Power Generation Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory Site, Butte County, Idaho.” (G. Black, S. Peterson). Report for the Regional Economic Development Idaho. 2019.

F. H. Liao, L. Huang, K. A. Lohse, D. M. Larson, M. Fragkias, D. L. Lybecker, C. V. Baxter (2019) Land conservation can mitigate freshwater ecosystem services degradation due to climate change in a semiarid catchment: The case of the Portneuf River catchment, Idaho, USA, Science of The Total Environment, 651: 1796-1809


“Deployment Indicators for Small Modular Reactors: Methodology, Analysis of Key Factors, and Case Studies.” (L. Ammirabile, L. Barkatullah, G. Black, et al). International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Document, IAEA-TECDOC-1854, 2018.

Mason, S. G. and Fragkias, M. (2018) ‘Metropolitan planning organizations and climate change action’, Urban Climate. 25: 37–50.

Xu, W. and Lowe, S. E. (2018) ‘An integrated analysis of the effects of local water institutions on irrigated agriculture outcomes in the arid western United States’, Applied Economics, 50(15): 1761-1776, [doi: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1374539]


“Levelized Costs of Electricity: Small Modular Reactors and Comparisons with Other Power Generation Sources. Economic Evaluation Report for NuScale Power, LLC.” (G. Black, F. Aydogan, C. Koerner). Economic Policy Series, Center for Advanced Energy Studies. 2017.

“Economic Impacts of Reforming Idaho’s Income Tax Structure.” (G. Black, D. Holley). Report for the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. 2017

Burton, P., Chen, K., Lethbridge, L. and Phipps, S. (2017) ‘Child Health and Parental Paid Work.’ Review of Economics of the Household. 15(2): 597-620 [doi: 10.1007/s11150-014-9251-z]

Güneralp, B., Zhou, Y., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Gupta, M., Yu, S., Patel, P.L., Fragkias, M., Li, X. and Seto, K.C. (2017) ‘Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [doi: 10.1073/pnas.1606035114]

Fragkias, M., Lobo, J. and Seto, K.C. (2016) ‘A comparison of nighttime lights data for urban energy research: Insights from scaling analysis in the US system of cities.’ Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science [

Goetzke, F. and Islam, S. (2017) ‘Testing for spatial equilibrium using happiness data’, Journal of Regional Science, 57(2): 199-217. [doi10.1111/jors.12311]

Sankey, J.B., Kreitler, J., Hawbaker, T. J., McVay, J. L., Miller, M. E., Mueller, E. R., Vaillant, N. M., Lowe, S. E., Sankey, T. T. (2017) ‘Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds’, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(17): 8884-8892. []


“Economies of Small: Economic Evaluation Report for NuScale Power, LLC.” (G. Black, F. Aydogan, S. Peterson, W. Labor, D. Solan). Economic Policy Series, Center for Advanced Energy Studies. 2016.

Frantzeskaki, N., Haase, D., Fragkias, M., Elmqvist, T. (2016) ‘Editorial overview: System dynamics and sustainability: Urban transitions to sustainability and resilience’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22,  iv-viii.

Fragkias, M. and Boone, C.G., (2016), ‘Modern political economy, global environmental change and urban sustainability transitions’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22, 63–6.


Chen, K., Fortin, N. and Phipps, S. (2015) ‘Young in Class: Implications for Inattentive/Hyperactive Behavior of Canadian Boys and Girls.’ Canadian Journal of Economics, 48 (5):  1601–1634.

Chen, K., Osberg, L., and Phipps, S. (2015) ‘Inter-generational effects of disability benefits: evidence from Canadian social assistance programs.’ Journal of Population Economics. 28 (4): 873-910.

Hansen, Z., K., Owan, H., and Pan, J. (2015) ‘The Impact of Group Diversity on Knowledge Spillover: Evidence from College Classroom’, Education Economics, 23 (2): 238-258.

“Carbon Free Energy Development and the Role of Small Modular Reactors: A Review and Decision Framework for Deployment in Developing Countries,” (G. Black, M. Black, D. Solan, D. Shropshire). Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 43 (1), March 2015.

“Quantitative and Qualitative Comparison of Light Water and Advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMRs),” (F. Aydogan, G. Black, M. Black, D. Solan).  Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science, vol. 1 (4), October 2015.

“Assessing the Potential Global Demand for Small and Medium-sized Reactors: 2020-2050,” (Solan, D, G. Black, M. Black). Report for the International Atomic Energy Agency. 2015.

“Cost Estimation of Small Modular Reactors,” (G. Black, D. Solan, C. Juchau). Economic Policy Series, Center for Advanced Energy Studies. 2015.


“The Coasean Framework of the New York Watershed Agreement,” (G. Black, D.A. Dalton, S. Islam, A. Batteen). Cato Journal, vol. 34 (1).

Xu, W., Adams, R. and Lowe, S.E. ‘Climate Change, Water Rights, and Water Supply: The Case of Irrigated Agriculture in Idaho.’ Water Resources Research. 50 (12): 9675-9695.

Lowe, S.E., Xu, W., and Zhang, S. (2014) ‘An Analysis of Irrigated Agricultural Outcomes Under the Prior Appropriation Doctrine: Hypotheses and Applications.’ Applied Economics. (2014). Vol. 46 (22): 2639-2652.

Lowe, S.E., Terpend, R. and Gattiker, T. (2014) ‘Electronic Textbooks: Antecedents of Student’ Adoption and Learning Outcomes.’ Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. 12 (2): 149-173.

Lowe, S.E., Hansen, Z. and Xu, W. (2014) ‘Long-term Impacts of Major Water Storage Facilities on Agriculture and the Natural Environment: Evidence from Idaho (U.S.)’ Ecological Economics. 100: 106-118.

Black, G., Holley, D., Solan, D., Bergloff, M. (2014) ‘Fiscal and economic impacts of state incentives for wind energy development in the Western United States.’, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 34: 136-144

Boone, C.G., Fragkias, M., Buckley, G.L., Grove, J.M., (2014) ‘A long view of polluting industry and environmental justice in Baltimore.’, Cities, 36: 41-49

Wentz, E., Anderson, S., Dell’Acqua, F., Fragkias, M., Netzband, M., Mesev, V., Myint, S., Quattrochi, D., Rahman, A., Seto, K., (2014) ‘Supporting global environmental change research: a review of trends and knowledge gaps in urban remote sensing’, Remote Sensing, 6(5): 3879-3905. [doi:10.3390/rs6053879]


“Domestic Employment and Economic Impacts of Small Modular Reactors: Manufacturing and Deployment,” (G. Black, D. Solan, S. Peterson). Economic Policy Series, Center for Advanced Energy Studies. 2013.

Cobourn, K., Islam, S., Mooney, S. and Young, D. (2013) ‘Multidisciplinary Research: Implications for Agricultural and Applied Economists.’ Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  45 (2): 187-202.

Hansen, Z.K., Owan, H., Pan, J., and Sugawara, S. (2013) ‘Contractual Arrangements and Impact on Group Performance: Evidence from College Classroom.” Journal of Law, Economics and Organization. 30(3): 463-492.

Boone, C. and Fragkias, M. (Eds). (2013) ‘Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking urban ecology, environmental justice and global environmental change.’ Springer Verlag.

Elmqvist, T., Fragkias, M., Goodness, J., Guneralp, B., Marcotullio, P., McDonald, R., Parnell, S., Schewenius, M., Sendstad, M., Seto, K.C. and Wilkinson, K. (Eds.) (2013) ‘Global urbanization, biodiversity and ecosystem services.’ Springer Verlag.

Fragkias, M., J. Lobo, D. Strumsky, and K.C. Seto. (2013) ‘Does size matter? Scaling of CO2 emissions and U.S. urban areas.’ PLoS ONE. 8 (6): 1-8

Heinrichs, D., Fragkias, M., and Krellenberg, K. (2013) ‘Urban responses to climate change: Theories and governance practice in cities of the Global South.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 37 (6): 1865-78.

Lowe, S.E., Bento, A., and Henry, E. (2013) ‘The Determinants of Credit Allocations in a Market-Based Trading System: Evidence from the RECLAIM Program’. The Review of Regional Studies. 43 (1): 51-80.


Loucks, C.A., and Bennett, R.W. (2012) “Health Industry Political Action Committee Contributions to U.S. Senators.” Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. 39 (2): 94-105.


“Impacts 2010: The Economic Impact of the Idaho National Laboratory,” (G. Black, D. Holley,J. Church). Report for Battelle Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy. 2011.

“Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Renewable Energy Development in Idaho” (G. Black, D. Holley). Report for Idaho Renewable Energy Producers.

Auffhammer, M., Bento, A.M. and Lowe, S.E. (2011) ‘The City-Level Effects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.’ Land Economics. 87 (1): 1-18.

Hansen, Z.K., Libecap, G.D. and Lowe. S.E. (2011) ‘Climate Variability and Water Infrastructure: Historical Experience in the Western United States.’ The Economics of Climate Change: Adaptations Past and Present. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 253-280.

Black, G.A., M. Taylor, and W. Wojtkowski, (2011) ‘On the Broader View of the Open Source Paradigm: The Case for Agricultural Biotechnology’, in Buchalcevova, A. and H. Palovskaeds., Information Systems Development: Advances in Theory,Practice, and Education, Springer-Verlag.

Loucks, C.A., and Bennett, R.W. (2011) ‘The Importance of Committee Assignment: Health Care Industry Political Action Committee Contributions and the House of Representatives.’ Contemporary Economic Policy. 29 (2): 163-177.

Loucks, C.A., and Bennett, R.W. (2011) ‘Financial Services Industry PAC Contributions and Senate Committee Membership.’ Atlantic Economic Journal. 39 (3): 203-216.


Law, M.T., and Hansen, Z.K. (2010) ‘Medical Licensing Board Characteristics and Physician Discipline: An Empirical Analysis.’ Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. 35 (1): 63-93. Also available as NBER Working Paper No: 15140.

McIntosh, J. C. and Islam, S. (2010) ‘Beyond the Veil: The Influence of Islam on Female Entrepreneurship in a Conservative Muslim Context.’ International Management Review. 6 (1): 103-109.

Black, G.A., D. Solan, M. Louis, S. Peterson, L. Carter, S. Peterson, R. Bills, B. Morton, and E. Arthur. (2010) ‘Economic and Employment Impacts of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.’ Economic Policy Series, Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Seto, K.C., R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, and Fragkias, M. (2010) ‘The new geography of contemporary urbanization and the environment.” Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources. 35: 167-194.


Williams, J, S. Mooney, and J. Peterson. “What is the Carbon Market: is there a final answer?” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. (2009). Vol. 64 (1): 27-35.

Lowe, S. and Islam, S. “Impact of Air Quality Regulations on Entrepreneurial Activity.” Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship. (2009). Vol. 2: 71–95.

Islam, S. and Goetzke, F. “Correcting Sample Selection in FARS data to Estimate Seatbelt Use.” Journal of Safety Research. (2009). Vol. 40 (5): 389-93.

Islam, S. “An Examination of the Differential Impact of Highway Capital Investment on Economically Disparate Appalachian Counties.” Transportation Planning and Technology. (2009). Vol. 33 (5): 453.

Lowe, Scott E., Maximilian Auffhammer, and Antonio Bento. “Measuring the Effects of Environmental Regulations: The critical importance of a spatially disaggregated analysis.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. (2009). Vol. 58: 15-26.


Black, G. and Loucks, C. with Marley, C. and Vergne, A. “Pre-Kindergarten Education in Idaho.” Center for Business and Economic Research. (2008). Boise State University.

Hansen, Z. and Law, M. “The Political Economy of Truth-in-Advertising Regulation during the Progressive Era.” The Journal of Law and Economics. (2008) Vol. 51 (2): 251-269.

Twight, C. “Sovereign Impunity.” The Independent Review. (2008) Vol. 12 (4): 485-517


McIntosh, J. C., Winter, G. and Islam, S. “Entrepreneurship through an Islamic Lens: The Influence of Shari’a and Islamic Institutions on Female Entrepreneurship in the Middle East,” Journal of Advances in Global Business Research, Conference Proceedings. (2007). Vol. 4 (1).


Black, G., D. Holley and J. Church. “Idaho National Laboratory Impacts 2006: An Analysis of INL’s impact on the Idaho Economy.” Idaho National Laboratory. (2006).

Jackson, R.W., Schwarm, W.R., Okuyama, Y., and Islam, S. “A Method for Constructing Commodity by Industry Flow Matrices.” The Annals of Regional Science. (2006). Vol. 40 (4): 909-920.

Twight, C. “Limited Government: Ave Atque Vale.” The Independent Review. (2006). Vol. 10 (4): 485-510.