Matthew Interis

Matthew Interis

Professor, Graduate Coordinator



Address: Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office: 350A Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Bldg., East Wing

Bio:

Matt Interis researches the valuation of non-market environmental goods and ecosystem services, consumer preferences with applications to environmental valuation and food choice, and the improvement of economic valuation methods. His non-market valuation work has addressed surface water quality in the Mississippi River Basin, ecosystem services provided by salt marsh, oyster reefs, and mangrove forests, the restoration of coastal wetlands and other habitats along the Gulf of Mexico Coast, and the restoration of culturally significant sites in the Mississippi Delta region. His consumer food choice work has addressed the environmental impacts of food waste, preferences for environmentally friendly food production attributes such as groundwater use, and preferences for blockchain-based food traceability. At the undergraduate level, he has taught Introduction to Food and Resource Economics, Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy, Environmental Economics and Sustainability, and advanced Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Economics. He also serves as academic advisor, is involved in curriculum development for the Environmental Economics and Sustainability major, and has served as a Mentor and Mentor Coordinator for the Day One experiential learning and community service program offered by the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement. At the graduate level, he has taught Experimental Economics and Survey Design and currently serves as Graduate Coordinator. He has advised numerous undergraduate and graduate research projects, frequently resulting in peer-reviewed publications with students. His research and student-oriented teaching has been recognized by various awards at the department, college, and professional association levels.

Education:

  • Ph.D. Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics, The Ohio State University
  • M.A. Economics, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. Economics and Music (double major), Binghamton University

Research:

  • Non-market valuation of environmental and natural resource goods and services.
  • Consumer preferences for environmentally friendly food production attributes.
  • Improvement of economic valuation methods.

Society Membership:

  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • Southern Agricultural Economics Association

Awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching: Lower Division Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Mississippi State University, 2011.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Award, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, 2010-2011.
  • Research Award, Gamma Sigma Delta (Mississippi State University Chapter), 2013.
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2014.
  • Outstanding Teacher of a Course Award, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2018.
  • Teaching Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta (Mississippi State University Chapter), 2018.

Publications

  • Collart, A.J., M.G. Interis, C. Henson, J. Maples. 2022. The impacts of food waste information on consumer preferences for blemished produce and implications for food retailers. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 1-21.  Download
  • Howard, G., B. Roe, M. G. Interis, J. Martin. 2020. Addressing attribute value substitution in discrete choice experiments to avoid unintended consequences. Environmental and Resource Economics. Download
  • Gould, S., M. G. Interis. 2019. The costs of obtaining environmental outcomes through coastal habitat restoration. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics 5(1):Article 7.  Download
  • Interis, M. G. 2019. Teaching undergraduate economics: Emphasize early the meaning of vertical distances and of their summation over quantities. Applied Economics Teaching Resources 1(1):46-51.  Download
  • Collart, A. J., M. G. Interis. 2018. Consumer imperfect information in the market for expired and nearly expired foods and implications for reducing food waste. Sustainability 10(11), 3835.  Download
  • Maples, M., M. G. Interis, K. L. Morgan, A. Harri. 2018. Southeastern consumers' willingness to pay for environmental production attributes of fresh tomatoes. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 50(1):27-47.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., M.G. Interis, J. Hwang. 2018. Single-choice, repeated-choice, and best-worst scaling elicitation formats: Do results differ and by how much? Environmental & Resource Economics 69(2):365-393.  Download
  • Interis, M. G., N. Taylor. 2017. Estimating the non-market value of a college sports tradition. International Journal of Sport Finance 12(3):222-241.  Download
  • Morgan, K. L., M. G. Interis. 2017. Who buys more directly from producers in the Southeastern United States? A research note. Journal of Food Distribution Research 48(2):22-34.  Download
  • Thapaliya, S., M. Interis, A.J. Collart, L.M. Walters, K. L. Morgan. 2017. Are consumer health concerns influencing direct-from-producer purchasing decisions? Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 49(2): 211-231.  Download
  • Haab, T.C., M.G. Interis, D.R. Petrolia, J.C. Whitehead. 2016. Interesting questions worthy of further study: Our reply to Desvousges, Mathews and Train's (2015) comment on our thoughts (2013) on Hausman's (2012) update of Diamond and Hausman's (1994) critique of contingent valuation. Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy 31(1):183-189.  Download
  • Interis, M.G. and D.R. Petrolia. 2016. Location, location, habitat: How the value of ecosystem services varies across location and by habitat. Land Economics 92(2): 292-307.  Download
  • Interis, M.G., C. Xu, D.R. Petrolia, K.T. Coatney. 2016. Examining unconditional preference revelation in choice experiments: A voting game approach. Journal of Environmental Economics & Policy 5(1):125-142.  Download
  • Hwang, J., D.R. Petrolia, M.G. Interis. 2014. Consequentiality and opt-out responses in stated preference surveys. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 43(3):471-488.  Download
  • Interis, M.G. 2014. A challenge to three widely held ideas. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 46(3):347-356.  Download
  • Interis, M.G. 2014. Philosophy. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia, Tim Haab and John Whitehead, eds., Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Interis, M.G., D.R. Petrolia. 2014. The effects of consequentiality in binary- and multinomial-choice surveys. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 39(2):1-16.  Download
  • Interis, M.G., T. Haab. 2014. Norms, self sanctioning, and contributions to the public good. Journal of Environmental Psychology 38:271-278.  Download
  • Interis, M.G., T. Haab. 2014. Overheating willingness to pay: Who gets warm glow and what it means for valuation. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 43(2):266-278.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., M.G. Interis, J. Hwang. 2014. America's wetland? A national survey of willingness to pay for restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Marine Resource Economics 29(1):17-37.  Download
  • Haab, T.C., M.G. Interis, D.R. Petrolia, J.C. Whitehead. 2013. From hopeless to curious? Comments on Hausman's "Dubious to Hopeless" critique of contingent valuation. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 35(4):593-612.  Download
  • Interis, M.G., T. Haab. 2013. Identifying inconsistent responses in dichotomous choice contingent valuation with follow-up questions. Resource and Energy Economics 35:396-411.  Download
  • Maples, M., K.L. Morgan, M.G. Interis, A. Harri. 2013. Who buys food directly from producers in the southeastern United States. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 45:509-518.  Download
  • Kim, G., D.R. Petrolia, M.G. Interis. 2012. A method for improving welfare estimates from multiple-referendum surveys. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 37:289-300.  Download
  • Interis, M.G. 2011. On norms: A typology with discussion. American Journal of Economics and Sociology 70(2):424-438.  Download
  • Interis, M.G., and T. Haab. 2011. Woodsy the optimal owl: Environmental campaigns, norms and implications for public goods policy. Ecological Economics 70(12):2327-2333.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., M.G. Interis. 2011. What environmental economists think every conservation biologist should know: A reply to Gowdy et al. Conservation Biology 25 (3):628-630.  Download