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I am an applied microeconomist with a specialization in environmental economics. In addition, I do research in the area of health and public economics. My primary area of expertise is in survey design, valuation methods, and attitudinal analysis. Recent topic areas of research included invasive weeds and ranching, forest management preferences, and water.

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D. Adhikari, J. Thacher, J. Chermak, R. Berrens (2016). Linking Forest to Faucets in a Distant Municipal Area: Public Support for Forest Restoration and Water Security in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Water Economics and Policy. 2:3, pp. DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X16500193 

B. Jones, J. Thacher, JM Chermak, RP Berrens (2016). Wildfire smoke health costs: a methods case study for a Southwestern US ’mega-fire’. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2015.1070765 

G. Izon, M. Hand. J. Thacher, D. McCollum, R. Berrens (2016). Proximity to Natural Amenities: A Seemingly Unrelated Hedonic Regression Model with Spatial Durbin and Spatial Error Processes. Growth and Change DOI: 10.1111/grow.12147

 Broadbent, C. D., Brookshire, D. S., Goodrich, D., Dixon, M. D., Brand, L. A., J. Thacher, & Stewart, S. (2015). Valuing preservation and restoration alternatives for ecosystem services in the southwestern USA. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1628

B. Jones, J. Thacher, JM Chermak, RP Berrens (2015). Evaluating the Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP) for Estimating Health Costs Associated with Wildfire Smoke Events. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2015.1070765

H. Katuwal, M. K. Qassim, J. A. Pagan, J. Thacher, and A. K. Bohara, Knowledge, Information and Water Treatment Behavior of the Residents in Kathmandu Valley (2015). Development Journal of the South. 1:1, pp 3-23.

A. Prera-Martinez, K. Grimsrud, J. Thacher, D. McCollum, and R. Berrens (2014). Using Canonical Correlation Analysis to Identify Environmental Attitude Groups: Considerations for National Forest Planning in the Southwestern U.S. Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-014-0349-0

M. Binder, J. Chermak, K. Krause, J. Thacher (2012). The Teaching Penalty in Higher Education: Evidence from a Public Research University. Economics Letters. 117: 1, pp 39-41. 

H. Pitts, J. Thacher, P. Champ, R. Berrens (2012). A Hedonic Price Analysis of the Outfitter Market for Trout Fishing in the Rocky Mountain West. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 17: 6, pp 446-462.

Breffle, W., E. Morey, J. Thacher (2010). A joint latent-class model: combining Likert-scale preference statements with choice data to harvest preference heterogeneity. Environmental and Resource Economics. 50: 1, pp 83-110.

J. Thacher, J. Chermak, K. Grimsrud, K. Krause, J. Price (2010). Invasive Alien Weeds and Western Cattle Ranching: Lessons Learned from Yellow Starthistle in New Mexico. Western Economic Forum. 9 (1): 19-26

M. Binder, J. Chermak, J. Gilroy, K. Krause, J. Thacher (2010). Same Work, Different Pay? Evidence from a US Public University. Feminist Economics. 16 (4).  DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2010.530605

M. Weber, V. Tidwell, J. Thacher (2010). Dynamic Physical and Economic Modelling of Riparian Restoration Options.. Environmental Modelling & Software. 25: 1825-1836.

J. Lazo, D. Waldman, B. Morrow, J. Thacher (2010). Household Evacuation Decision Making and the Benefits of Improved Hurricane Forecasting: Developing a
Framework for Assessment. Weather and Forecasting. 25(1): 207-219.

D. Brookshire, D. Goodrich, M. Dixon, L. Brand, K. Benedict, K. Lansey, J. Thacher, C. Broadbent, S. Stewart, M. McIntosh and D. Kang (2010). Ecosystem Services and Reallocation Choices: A Framework for Preserving Semi-Arid Regions in the Southwest. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education. 144: 1-14.

M. Hand, J. Thacher, D. McCollum, R. Berrens. Intra-Regional Amenities, Wages, and Home Prices: The Role of Forests in the Southwest (2008). Land Economics Vol 84, No. 4.

K. Grimsrud, J. Chermak, J. Hansen, J. Thacher, K. Krause. A Two-Agent Dynamic Model with an Invasive Weed Diffusion Externality: An Application to Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea Solitialis) in New Mexico. (2008)  Journal of Environmental Management.  89: 322-335.

M. Hand, J. Thacher, D. McCollum, R. Berrens (2008). Forest Amenities and Location Choice in the Southwest.  Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. August 2008, Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 232-253.

T. Prante, J. Thacher, D. McCollum, R. Berrens (2007). Building Social Capital in Forest Communities: Analysis of New Mexico's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program. Natural Resources Journal. Vol. 47, No. 4.

T. Prante, J. Thacher, R. Berrens (2007). Evaluating Coasean Bargaining Experiments with Meta-Analysis Economics Bulletin. 12/18/2007.

E. Morey, J. Thacher, E. Craighead (2007). Patient Preferences for Depression Treatment Programs and Willingness To Pay for Treatment. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 10(2): 73-85. 

G. Aldrich, K. Grimsrud, J. Thacher, and M. Kotchen (2007). Relating Environmental Attitudes and Contingent Values: How Robust are Methods for Identifying Preference Heterogeneity? Environmental and Resource Economics 37(4): 757-775 .

E. Morey, J. Thacher, and B. Breffle (2006). Using Angler Characteristics and Attitudinal Data to Identify Environmental Preference Classes: A Latent-Class Model, Environmental and Resource Economics 34(1): 91-115.

J. Thacher, E.Morey, and E. Craighead (2005). Using Patient Characteristics and Attitudinal Data to Identify Depression Treatment Preference Groups: A Latent-Class Model, Depression and Anxiety 21(2): 47-54.

N. Flores and J. Thacher (2002). Money, who needs it? Contemporary Economic Policy 20(2):171-178.

Selected Reports

M. Binder, J. Chermak, J. Gilroy, K. Krause, J. Thacher. Faculty Compensation at UNM: Is the Reward System Equitable?

J. Thacher, M. Marsee, H. Pitts, J. Hansen, J. Chermak, B. Thomson. Assessing Customer Preferences and Willingness to Pay: A Handbook for Water Utilities. Water Research Foundation. Denver, CO. 2011.






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