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Paul Jakus

Paul Jakus

Professor: Associate Director, Center for Society, Economy and the Environment
Location:  AGRS 226
Office Phone:  435.797.2309
3530 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4835

Specialties: Natural resource and environmental economics, regional economics   


 Originally from Nevada, Paul Jakus received a BS degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Nevada in 1982. After receiving an MS degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University (1984), Paul spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa. He earned his PH.D. in Economics at North Carolina State University in 1992, after which he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee. Paul came to Utah State University in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2003. He became head of the Department of Applied Economics in 2008.

Paul's primary research interests involve non-market valuation of environmental goods. He has studied the economics of recycling and recreation, especially the role of fish consumption advisories in explaining angler behavior. His recent research interests involve behavioral responses to the risks of exposure to environmental contaminants such as mercury and arsenic. His research has appeared in leading environmental economics journals. Paul has served as an associate editor of J. Agricultural and Resource Economics, Water Resources Research, and Society and Natural Resources.

A long-time rock-climber whose shoulder injuries have finally caught up to him, Paul has recently become an avid cyclist.



Key Publications


Jakus, Paul M. 2013. “Economic Analysis of  Fish Consumption Advisories.” Chapter 33 in Biology and Management of Inland Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass, James S. Bulak, Charles C. Coutant, and J.A. Rice, eds. American Fisheries Society.
Shaw, W.D., P. M. Jakus, and M. Riddel. 2012. “Perceived Arsenic-Related Mortality Risks for Smokers and
            Non-smokers.” Contemporary Economic Policy, 30(3):417-429. doi:10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00283.x
Jakus, Paul M., John C. Bergstrom, Marty Phillips, and Kelly O’Brien. 2011. “Modeling Behavioral Changes in Reservoir Operations in the Tennessee Valley Region.” Chapter 17 in Preference Data for Environmental Valuation, John Whitehead, Ju-chin Huang, and Tim Haab, eds. Routledge.
Nguyen, To N., Paul M. Jakus, W. Douglass Shaw and Mary Riddel. 2010.  “An Empirical Model of Perceived Mortality Risks for
             Selected  United States Arsenic Hot Spots.” Risk Analysis 30(10):1550-1562. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01450.x
Jakus, Paul M., John E. Keith, Lu Liu, and Dale Blahna. 2010. “The Welfare Effects of Restricting Off-Highway Vehicle Access
              to Public Lands.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39(1):89-100.
Swain, Edward B., Paul M. Jakus, Glenn Rice, Frank Lupi, Peter Maxson, Joseph Pacyna, Alan Penn, Samuel Spiegel, and Marcello Viega. 2007. “Socioeconomic Consequences of Mercury Use and Pollution.” Ambio, 36(1):45-61.
Grijalva, Therese A., Robert P. Berrens, Alok Bohara, Paul M. Jakus, and W. Douglass Shaw. 2002. “Valuing the Loss of Rock Climbing Access in Wilderness Areas: A National-Level Random Utility Model.” Land Economics, 78(1):103-120.