- Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program
- Michigan State University
Professor Jinhua Zhao holds joint tenure system appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. He is also Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and served on the editorial councils of JEEM the Review of Development Economics, and is on the editorial committees of Annual Review of Resource Economics and Frontier of Economics in China.
Professor Zhao conducts research in the broad area of environmental and resource economics, with special interests in global climate change, energy economics, technology adoption, dynamic decision making under uncertainty, and applied microeconomics in general. He has conducted research on climate change adaptation, international climate negotiations, emissions trading, soil carbon sequestration, renewable energies, and the long-run relationship between international trade and the environment. His publications have appeared in, among others, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, JEEM and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. His research projects have been funded by NSF, USDA and US EPA.
Song, F., Zhao, J., & Swinton, S. M. (2011). Switching to Perennial Energy Crops Under Uncertainty and Costly Reversibility. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(3), 768–783. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aar018
Kurkalova, L., Kling, C., & Zhao, J. (2006). Green Subsidies in Agriculture: Estimating the Adoption Costs of Conservation Tillage from Observed Behavior. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue Canadienne D'agroeconomie, 54(2), 247–267. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7976.2006.00048.x
Kurkalova, L., Kling, C. L., & Zhao, J. (2003). Multiple Benefits of Carbon-Friendly Agricultural Practices: Empirical Assessment of Conservation Tillage. Environmental Management, 33(4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-003-9109-2
Mila, A. L., Carriquiry, A. L., Zhao, J., & Yang, X. B. (2003). Impact of Management Practices on Prevalence of Soybean Sclerotinia Stem Rot in the North-Central United States and on Farmers’ Decisions Under Uncertainty. Plant Disease, 87(9), 1048–1058. https://doi.org/10.1094/pdis.2003.87.9.1048
Wang, M., & Zhao, J. (2018). Are renewable energy policies climate friendly? The role of capacity constraints and market power. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 90, 41–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2018.05.003