Rex H. Caffey

Donald E. Welge Endowed Professor

179 Martin D. Woodin Hall



College of Agriculture

Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness


  • Coastal Restoration Economics
  • Ecosystem Service Valuation
  • Fisheries Management
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Project Feasibility


Curriculum Vitae






Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 1998

M.S. Agricultural Economics (Natural Resource Economics concentration), Minor: Fisheries, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 1994

B.S. Agricultural Business, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 1988



Dr. Rex H. Caffey conducts applied research and extension programming related to the economic and policy challenges of fisheries and coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico region.  His work focuses on coastal fisheries management; economics of coastal restoration; natural resource valuation, economic development and project feasibility. In 2003 Caffey became founding director of the LSU Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP).  The center fosters the interaction of social science researchers to address natural resource management challenges at the state and regional level. Caffey has served as conference chair of CNREP triennial conferences in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016: Since 2011, Dr. Caffey has served as director of marine extension for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program.



Caffey, R.H. (editor) (2016), Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy: the Fifth National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems”, Program, March 20-22, 2016, New Orleans, LA, 72p.

Caffey, R.H., Giordano, S. and J. Pahl (2015) Workshop Summary, NOAA/CPRA Working Meeting on Proposed River Diversion Project Socioeconomic Analysis and Adaptive Management Plan Development, October 5-7, 2015, Lod Cook Alumni Center, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 26 pp.

Caffey, R. H., Wang, H., & Petrolia, D. R. (2014). Trajectory economics: Assessing the flow of ecosystem services from coastal restoration. Ecological Economics, 100, 74-84.

Savolainen*, M., Fannin, M. and R.H. Caffey (2014) Economic Impacts of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Recreational For-Hire Fishing Industry, Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal, 19:1, 72-87, DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2014.843220

Savolainen*, M.A., R.F. Kazmierczak, and R.H. Caffey. 2013. “Resiliency of the Coastal Recreational For-Hire Fishing Industry to Natural Disasters.” Estuaries and Coasts. Published online June 6, 2013, doi:10.1007/s12237-013-9648-6.

Savolainen*, M.A., R.F. Kazmierczak, and R.H. Caffey. 2013. “Determining the Impact of Environmental Accidents on Responses to a Gulf of Mexico Recreational For-Hire Fishing Industry Survey.” Journal of Fish Biology 83(4): 1035 1045, doi:10.1111/jfb.12143.

Wang*, H., Caffey, R.H. and D. Petrolia (2012) An Economic Assessment of Competing Technologies for Coastal Restoration, Southern Agricultural Economics Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL, February 4-7, 2012, 15 p.

Mendelssohn, I.A., Andersen, G.L., Baltz,D., Caffey, R.H., Carman, K.R., Fleeger, J.W., Joye, S.B., Lin, Q., Maltby, E., Overton, E. and L. Rozas (2012) Oil Impacts to Coastal Wetlands: Implications for the Mississippi River Delta Ecosystem after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Bioscience, BioScience • June 2012 / Vol. 62 No. 6.

Merino, J. Aust*, C. and R.H. Caffey (2011) “Cost Efficacy of Wetland Restoration Projects in Coastal Louisiana”, Wetlands. 31:367-375.

Savolainen*, M.A. Caffey, R.H. and R. F. Kazmierczak (2011). “The Recreational For-Hire Sector in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: Structural and Economic Observations from the Third Decadal Survey.” Proceedings of the 64th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference, Puerto Morelos, Mexico, p. 102-113.

Paudel, K. and R.H. Caffey. 2011 “An Evaluation of Factors Affecting the Choice of Coastal Recreational Activities” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 43, 2 (May 2011):167–179.

* Students advised



Plummer, Cody - Spatial Economics of Louisiana Water Policy (MS, Estimated Graduation, May 2017)

Cisneros, Molly - Economic Assessment of OCS Sediments for Coastal Restoration (PhD, Estimated Graduation, December 2018)

Boutwell, Luke, Economic Assessment of Coastal Wetlands as Protective Buffers, (Estimated Graduation May 2016)