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Scholarship — Publications and Reports


Chen, Kelly and Samia Islam, “Declining Unionization and the Despair of the Working Class,” Journal of Law and Economics, forthcoming.

Giambona, E., & Ribas, R. P. (2022), “Unveiling the Price of Obscenity: Evidence from Closing Prostitution Windows in Amsterdam,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, forthcoming.

L. Michelle Bruijn, Rafael P. Ribas (2022), “No drugs in my back yard: The ambivalent reception of cannabis retailers,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 199, pp. 103- 121,

Giambona, Erasmo, Ribas, Rafael P. (2022),  “The external cost of prostitution: Evidence from shutting down red light districts in the Netherlands,” Real Estate Economics, forthcoming.

Ribas, Rafael P. (2022), “Using pseudo-panels to analyse labour market transitions,” Background Paper n. 7, joint EU-ILO Project Building partnerships on the Future of Work, International Labour Organization.

Biofuels policy and innovation impacts: Evidence from biofuels and agricultural patent indicators.  Kelly P. Nelson, Lee C. Parton, Zachary S. Brown; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, USA; Department of Economics, Boise State University, USA; Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, USA; Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University, USA; Received 9 August 2021, Revised 12 December 2021, Accepted 21 December 2021, Available online 11 January 2022, Version of Record 11 January 2022.

Huang, L., Liao, F.H., Lhose, K., Larson, D., Fragkias, M., Lybecker, D., Baxter, C.,  (2019) “Land conservation can mitigate freshwater ecosystem services degradation due to climate change in a semi-arid catchment: The case of the Portneuf River catchment, Idaho, USA,” Science of the Total Environment, 651(2), 1796-1809.

Mahtta, R., M. Fragkias, B. Guneralp, A. Mahendra, M. Reba, E. Wentz and K. C. Seto, (2022) “Urban land expansion: the role of population and economic growth for 300+ cities,” npj Urban Sustainability, 5, 1-11.

G. Black, D. Shropshire,  K. Araújo, and A. van Heek, (2022) “Prospects for Nuclear Microreactors: A Review of the Technology, Economics, and Regulatory Considerations,” Nuclear Technology, 208 (11).

Ryu, Hanbyul, and Jayash Paudel, “Refugee Inflow and Labor Market Outcomes in Brazil: Evidence from the Venezuelan Exodus,” Population and Development Review 48, no. 1 (2022):75-96.

Paudel, Jayash, “Environmental Disasters and Property Values: Evidence from Nepal’s Forest Fires,” Land Economics 98, no. 1 (2022): 115-131.

Shakya, Shishir, Subuna Basnet, and Jayash Paudel, “Natural Disasters and Labor Migration: Evidence from Nepal’s Earthquake,” World Development 151 (2022): 105748.


“Fall in the sea, eventually? A green paradox in climate adaptation for coastal housing markets,” Lee C. Parton, Steven J. Dundas. Department of Economics, Boise State University, USA; Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University, USA; Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University, USA; Received 15 November 2019, Revised 11 August 2020, Accepted 25 August 2020, Available online 6 September 2020, Version of Record 7 October 2020.

Paudel, Jayash, “Why are People Energy Poor? Evidence from Ethnic Fractionalization,” Energy Economics (2021): 105519.

Paudel, Jayash, “Home Alone: Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health,” Social Science & Medicine 285 (2021): 1-11.

Paudel, Jayash, “Beyond the Blaze: The Impact of Forest Fires on Energy Poverty,” Energy Economics 101 (2021): 1-18.

Paudel, Jayash, and Christine L. Crago, “Environmental Externalities from Agriculture: Evidence from Water Quality in the United States,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 103, no. 1 (2021): 185-210.

Paudel, Jayash, “Short-run Environmental Effects of COVID-19: Evidence from Forest fires,” World Development 137 (2021): 105120.

Paudel, Jayash, “Bus Ridership and Service Reliability: The Case of Public Transportation in Western Massachusetts,” Transport Policy 100 (2021): 98-107.

Chen, Kelly, and Shelley Phipps, “‘Why Can’t You Sit Still?’ The Effect of Daily Physical Activity on Childhood Inattention/Hyperactivity and the Educational Gender Gap,” Social Science & Medicine 284 (2021): 114232.

Chen, Kelly, Zeynep Hansen, and Scott Lowe, “Why Do We Inflate Grades? The Effect of Adjunct Faculty Employment on Instructor Grading Standards,” Journal of Human Resources 56, no. 3 (2021): 878-921.


Balikci, Emre, and Dicle Koylan. “Perceiving Urban Transformation from the Perspective of Evolutionary Economics: Renewal of Houses in Bağdat Street, Istanbul.” Journal of Economic Issues 54, no. 1 (2020): 164-182.

“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 commissioned by the Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State and the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at U of I, January, 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

Chen, Kelly, Lars Osberg, and Shelley Phipps. “Unequal Opportunities and Public Policy: The Impact of Parental Disability Benefits on Child Postsecondary Attendance.” Canadian Journal of Economics 52, no. 4 (2019): 1401-1432.


Balikci, Emre. “What’s Wrong with Institutions? A Short History of the Clash between iras and Turkish Populists.” Populism 1, no. 2 (2018): 146-171.

“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.