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Eric Edwards

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Nelson Hall 4332


Dr. Edwards is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. His work is focused on the economics and management of natural resources like water, land, and fisheries, both now and historically. His research has been funded by the USDA, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Edwards runs ARE’s North Carolina Water Economics Extension Program focused on the economics of water quality, agricultural water management, water conservation and adaptation to climate change. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and environmental science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as an MBA from the University of Rochester and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Idaho. He teaches an interdisciplinary undergraduate/graduate course in water economics.

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Top Publications

Comparative assessment of water markets: insights from the Murray–Darling Basin of Australia and the Western USA

What lies beneath? Aquifer heterogeneity and the economics of groundwater management

How transaction costs obstruct collective action: The case of California’s groundwater


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