Daniel R. Petrolia

Daniel R. Petrolia


Address: Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office: 301-A Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Bldg., West Wing


Dan has been on the MSU Agricultural Economics faculty since 2006. He is a Louisiana native, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He teaches graduate courses in environmental and quantitative economics. Most of his research focuses on the economics of coastal resources and natural hazards, including flood and wind insurance and mitigation; valuation of coastal wetlands, barrier islands, and ecosystem services; and consumer preferences for Gulf seafood. Dan is an editor of the journal Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy and is a past Director of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. Dan splits his time between Stennis Space Center in coastal Mississippi and the main campus. He met a Cajun girl at LSU who agreed to marry him, and they now have six kids.


  • Ph.D, University of Minnesota
  • M.S., Louisiana State University
  • B.A., Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Louisiana State University


  • Environmental Economics
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Choice Modelling
  • Ecosystem Service Valuation
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis

Society Membership:

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


  • 2020 CALS Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate Level
  • 2016 MAFES Research Impact Award
  • 2014 Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award
  • 2012 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit
  • 2010 CALS Excellence in Teaching Award, Lower Division


  • Frimpong, E., D. R. Petrolia, A. Harri, J. H. Cartwright. 2020. Flood insurance and claims: The impact of the community rating system. Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy 42(2):245-262. Download
  • Petrolia, D. R., D. Guignet, J. Whitehead, C. Kent, C. Caulder, K. Amon. 2020. Nonmarket valuation in the Environmental Protection Agency's Regulatory Process. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy.  Download
  • Petrolia, D. R., F. Nyanzu, J. Cebrian, A. Harri, J. Amato, W. Walton. 2020. Eliciting expert judgment to inform management of diverse oyster resources for multiple ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management 268:110676. Download
  • Petrolia, D. R., J. Hwang. 2020. Accounting for attribute non-attendance in three previously-published choice studies of coastal resources. Marine Resource Economics 35(3):219-240. Download
  • Waters, P. J., D. R. Petrolia, W. C. Walton. 2020. Participant motivations for joining an Extension program. Journal of Extension 58(6): A3:  Download
  • Dahal, R. P., R. K. Grala, J. S. Gordon, I. A. Munn, D. R. Petrolia, J. R. Cummings. 2019. A hedonic pricing method to estimate the value of waterfronts in the Gulf of Mexico. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 41:185-194.  Download
  • Mutandwa, E., R. K. Grala, D. R. Petrolia. 2019. Estimates of willingness to accept compensation to manage pine stands for ecosystem services. Forest Policy and Economics 102:75-85.  Download
  • Petrolia, D. R., J. Penn, R. Quainoo, R. Caffey, J. M. Fannin. 2019. Know thy beach: Values of beach condition information. Marine Resource Economics 34(4):331-359.  Download
  • Waters, P., D. R. Petrolia, W. Walton. 2019. Do oyster gardening programs lead to knowledge changes? Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 12(2).  Download
  • Dahal, R. P., R. K. Grala, J. S. Gordon, D. R. Petrolia, I. A. Munn. 2018. Estimating the willingness to pay to preserve waterfront open spaces using contingent valuation. Land Use Policy 78:614-626. Download
  • Krah, K., D.R. Petrolia, A. Williams, K.H. Coble, A. Harri, R. Rejesus. 2018. Producer preferences for contracts on a risky bioenergy crop. Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy 40(2):240-258.  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
  • Kim, T., J. Opaluch, D.S. Moon, D.R. Petrolia. 2017. Developing a natural resource damage assessment procedure for oil spill pollution in Korea using habitat equivalency analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., W.C. Walton, L. Yehouenou. 2017. Is there a market for branded Gulf of Mexico oysters? Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics 49(1): 45-65.  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
  • Petrolia, D.R. 2016. Risk preferences, risk perceptions, and risky food. Food Policy 64:37-48.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., A. Collart, L. Yehouenou. 2016. Consumer preferences for Delacata catfish: A choice experiment with tasting. Journal of Food Distribution Research 47(3): 84-100.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R. J. Hwang, C.E. Landry, and K.H. Coble. 2015. Wind insurance and mitigation in the Coastal Zone. Land Economics 91(2): 272-95.  Download
  • Sun, C., J.C. Mingie, D.R. Petrolia, W.D. Jones. 2015. Economic impacts of nonresidential wildlife watching in the United States. Forest Science 61(1): 46-54.  Download
  • Caffey, R.H., H. Wang, D.R. Petrolia. 2014. Trajectory economics: Assessing the flow of ecosystem services from coastal restoration. Ecological Economics 100:74-84.  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., 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
  • Petrolia, D.R. 2014. What have we learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster? An economist's perspective. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics 2014(1):Article 1.  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
  • Petrolia, D.R., C.E. Landry, K.H. Coble. 2013. Risk preferences, risk perceptions, and flood insurance. Land Economics 89(2): 227-45.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., M.D. Hudson. 2013. Why is the Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics not in the major citation indices and does it really matter? Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics 45(3): 381-388.  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
  • Petrolia, D.R. 2012. The International Handbook on Non-Market Environmental Valuation: Chweltenham, UK. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(1):271-273.  Download
  • Gowda, P.H., J.V. Westra, D.R. Petrolia, B.J. Dalzell, D.J. Mulla. 2011. Impact of targeted removal of residue cover on water quality in the Sand Creek Watershed. Journal of Environmental Hydrology 19(Paper 25).  Download
  • Linton, J.A., J.C. Miller, R.D. Little, D.R. Petrolia, and K.H. Coble. 2011. Economic feasibility of producing sweet sorghum as an ethanol feedstock in the Southeastern United States. Biomass and Bioenergy 35:3050-3057.  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
  • Petrolia, D.R., R.G. Moore, and T. Kim. 2011. Preferences for Timing of Wetland Loss Prevention in Louisiana. Wetlands 31(2): 295-307.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., S. Bhattacharjee, T.R. Hanson. 2011. Heterogeneous evacuation responses to storm forecast attributes. Natural Hazards Review 12:117-124.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., T. Kim. 2011. Contingent valuation with heterogeneous reasons for uncertainty. Resource and Energy Economics 33 (3):515-526.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., T. Kim. 2011. Preventing land loss in coastal Louisiana: Estimates of WTP and WTA. Journal of Environmental Management 92:859-865.  Download
  • Ekşioğlu, S.D., S. Li, S. Zhang, S. Sokhansanj, D.R. Petrolia. 2010. Analyzing the impact of intermodal facilities to the design and management of biofuels supply chain. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2191: 144-51.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., S. Bhattacharjee, M.D. Hudson, C.W. Herndon. 2010. Do Americans want ethanol? A comparative contingent valuation study of willingness-to-pay for E-10 and E-85. Energy Economics 32:121-128.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., S. Bhattacharjee. 2010. Why don't coastal residents choose to evacuate for hurricanes?. Coastal Management 38:97-112.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., S. Bhattacharjee. 2009. Revisiting incentive effects: Evidence from a random-sample mail survey on consumer preferences for fuel ethanol. Public Opinion Quarterly 73(3):537-550.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R., T. Kim. 2009. What are barrier islands worth? Estimates of willingness to pay for restoration. Marine Resources Economics 24(2):131-146.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R. 2008. An analysis of the relationship between demand for corn stover as an energy feedstock and soil erosion. Review of Agricultural Economics 30(4):677-691.  Download
  • Petrolia, D.R. 2008. The economics of harvesting and transporting corn stover for conversion to fuel ethanol: A case study for Minnesota. Biomass & Bioenergy 32(8):603-612.  Download