Seminar Series | LSU Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness

Economic Valuation of Benefits from ELK Restoration Project in Tennessee

by Dr. Neelam C. Poudyal


Demonstrating public value of restoration projects is critical in safeguarding stakeholders support for wildlife conservation. However, factors including non-market nature of benefits, lottery-rationed demand, and unknown population of beneficiaries make this task challenging. This study combines revealed and stated preference methods of non-market valuation to characterize the economic value of use and non-use values of benefits generated from a recently completed elk restoration project in East Tennessee. Results may be useful to many other elk restoration sites in eastern U.S. for benefit transfer purpose, and the methodology may be adopted for valuation of similar lottery-rationed recreation.

Additional Information:

Neelam C. Poudyal is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions at Department of Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.  He earned his BS in Forestry (2002) from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, MA in Geography (2004) from the Western Illinois University, Illinois, and PhD in Natural Resource Economics (2008) from the University of Tennessee. Earlier, he served as Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at University of Georgia (2010-2013), and Community Forestry Officer at King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal (2002-2003).



Please join us
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 
for a seminar hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Martin D. Woodin Hall Room #208


10:30 – 11:15

Meet with Grad Students
11:20 – 11:50


Seminar Coordinators

Shaun Tanger, Assistant Professor

Lawson Connor, Assistant Professor

Spring 2019 Seminars

Date Presenter



Dr. Ashley Clayton

Academic Job Market Signaling and Success

March  15

Dr. Matthew Fannin Techniques in Data Visualization

March    22

Dr. Neelam Poudyal  Evaluation of Elk Restoration Program



Dr. Zack Brown         AgBioFEWS Program - Topics in Agricultural Biotechnology



2017-2018 Seminars

Date Presenter
Sep. 21

Dr. Stephen Devadoss

U.S. Immigration Policies and Dynamics of Cross-Border Work Force in Agriculture

Oct. 13

Dr. Jennifer Ifft



2016-2017 Seminars


Date Presenter
Apr. 4

Dr. Veronique Theriault

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Feb. 23

Dr. Meishan Jiang

Rural land transfer and financial impact: Evidence from China.

Dec. 9

Dr. Michael Deliberto

Assessing the need for agriculture finance and risk management strategies delivered through stakeholder exchange.

Dec. 7

Dr. Jason Holderieath

Dec. 2

Wenbiao Sha

The impact of monetary policy on agricultural price in China: A factor-augmented vector autoregressive (FAVAR) approach.

Nov. 30

Dr. Brittney Goodrich

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Oct. 28

Dr. Michael Deliberto

Extension economics: Development and delivery of applied research programs for stakeholders. 

Oct. 14

Nikhil Damodaran

Fiscal policy transmission and trade in a currency union.


 2015-2016 Seminars


Date Presenter
Apr. 22

Dr. Maria Bampasidou

Modeling debt choice in agriculture: The effect of endogenous asset values.

Apr. 15

Dr. Shaun Tanger

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Apr. 8

Felipe Peguero

Demand estimation of fresh bell pepper in US from 3 sources (Mexico, Unite States, and Rest of the World)

Mar. 11

Dr. John Westra

SERA-46: Opportunities and priorities for collaboration between land grant universities and hypoxia task force

Feb. 26

Tej Gautam

The demand for electricity and natural gas in the Northeastern United States

Feb. 19

Hohammad Rajib Hasan

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Sep. 18

Dr. Daowei Zhang

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