from Dateline (April 10,
Economist Dives Into Research on
Water Prices and Green Technology Use
by Pamela McLaren
Denise Stanley, assistant professor of economics,
wants to know how the California farm-raised trout we eat is raised
and how farmers make decisions about water use.
Did increased water and utility rates bring about
practices that created less pollution to California’s waterways?
The researcher hopes to discover the answers through
summer research supported by a CSU Special Fund for Research, Scholarship
and Creative Activity Summer Stipend awarded earlier this year.
“Several animal industries use large volumes
of ground and surface water and are facing concerns about waste
discharge problems,” said Stanley, a member of the university
faculty since 2000.
“I’m studying whether changes in water
and utility prices have impacted aquaculture producers in California
and if that, in turn, has stimulated the adoption of best-management
practices that use less water and create less pollution.”
Her research, which begins this summer, involves gathering
data from a telephone survey of aquaculture producers throughout
the state, as well as price data from different irrigation districts
and utility providers.
“The results will be particularly useful in
light of the development of federal effluent guidelines for the
national aquaculture industry and the water shortage problems facing
California,” Stanley noted.
Stanley, who earned her doctorate in agricultural
and natural resource economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
has served as a consultant with the Inter-American Foundation and
World Wildlfie Fund in Washington.
She has authored a number of articles, including “The
Economic Impact of Exports on a Small Regional Economy” published
in the January issue of World Development.
Her article on “Efficiency and Equity
Tradeoffs: Incentive-Compatible Contracts Revisited,” published
in the April 2002 Journal of Development Economics, won the economist
the College of Business and Economics’ Drouillard Award, presented
to the best peer-reviewed article published during the semester.
The award is funded and named after business administration alumnus
Scott Drouillard (B.A. ’83, M.B.A. ’96).