Jerald J. Fletcher, Ph.D

Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Director of Natural Resource Analysis Center

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Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Resource Management
PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108

Office Address: 4202 Agricultural Sciences Building

Telephone: (304) 293-5499
Fax: (304) 293-4832


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis

M.A., Economics, University of California, Davis

B.S, Mathematics, University of Wyoming

Professional Employment

2009-2013 – Director, Division of Resource Management, Davis College, West Virginia University

1994-present – Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics, Division of Resource Management, Davis College, West Virginia University
Director, Natural Resource Analysis Center, West Virginia University
Director, US-China Energy Center (since 2007), West Virginia University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, West Virginia University
Faculty Research Associate, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University
[Chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics Program (1996-2002)] West Virginia University

1989-1994 – Associate Professor, Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Economics (1993-94), West Virginia University
Faculty Research Associate, Regional Research Institute (1990-94), West Virginia University
Adjunct Assoc. Professor, Mineral Economics (1990-91 prior to merger), West Virginia University

1982-89 – Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN

1987 – Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

1977-82 – Post Graduate Research Agricultural Economist (1980-82)
Research Assistant (1978-80), Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Economics, University of California, Davis, CA

1976-77 – Lecturer, Mathematics Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resource Economics; Interdisciplinary Studies; Quantitative Methods; Computer Application in Applied Economic Analysis; Spatial Methods; Modeling

Professional Affiliations

American Agricultural Economics Association
American Economic Association
Association of Environmental & Resource Economists
National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators
Western Agricultural Economics Association
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Southern Agricultural Economics Association
European Association of Environmental & Resource Economists
Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

Selected Publications

Huang, Haixiao, Jerald J. Fletcher, and Qingyun Sun. 2008. “Modeling the impacts of coal-to- liquids technologies on China’s energy markets,” J. of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, 1(2):162-177.

Lamont, Samuel J., Robert N. Eli, and Jerald J. Fletcher. 2008. “Continuous Hydroligic Models and Curve Numbers: A Path Forward,” J. of Hydrologic Engineering, July:621-635.

Sun, Qingyun, Jerald J. Fletcher, Yuzhuo Zhang, and Ziangkun Ren. 2005. “Comparative Analysis of Costs of Alternative Coal Liquefaction Process,” Energy and Fuels, 9(3):1160-1164.

Collins, A.R. Rosenberger, and J. Fletcher. 2005 “The Economic Value of Stream Restoration,” Water Resources Research, 41(2) February.

Zhao, G.X., G. Lin, J.J. Fletcher and C. Yuill. 2004. “Cultivated Land Changes and Their Driving Forces: A Satellite Remote Sensing Analysis in the Yellow River Delta, China,” Pedoshere, 14(1):93-102, February.

Fletcher, Jerald J., Qingyun Sun, and Michael P. Strager. 2001 “Using GIS to Model Stream Water Quality and Acid Loading in West Virginia,” in Computer Applications in the Mineral Industries, Xie Heping, Yuehan Wang, and Yaodong Jiang, Eds. A.A. Balkema, The Netherlands, pp 773-778.

Tay, R., P.S. McCarthy, and J.J. Fletcher. 1996. “A Portfolio Choice Model of the Demand for Recreational Trips,” Transportation Research Part B, October 30(5):325-337.

Adamowicz, Wiktor L., Jerald J. Fletcher, and Theodore Graham-Tomasi. 1994. “Functional Form and the Statistical Properties of Welfare Measures: Reply,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, November, 76(4):958-959.

Fletcher, Jerald J., Wiktor L. Adamowicz, and Theodore Graham-Tomasi. 1990. “The Travel Cost Model of Recreation Demand: Theoretical and Empirical Issues,”Leisure Sciences, 12(1):119-147.

Graham-Tomasi, Theodore, Wiktor L. Adamowicz, and Jerald J. Fletcher. 1990. “Errors of Truncation in Approximations to Expected Consumer Surplus,”_ Land Economics_, February, 66(1):50-55.