Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Director and Research Professor
The George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.751.4619
Fax: 508.751.4600

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Johnston received a B.A. from Williams College in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 1996. He has been at Clark since 2008.

Current Research Interests

Professor Johnston's research interests include the valuation of non-market resources and ecosystem services, benefit transfer and meta-analysis, management of aquatic resources, land preservation, and tourism economics. His recent research projects address such topics as the economic value of farmland preservation, the use of meta-analysis for non-market benefit transfer, and the coordination of economic and ecological models to evaluate aquatic ecosystem restoration. In addition to his grant-funded research, he works closely with international organizations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to assist in the appropriate use of economic information to guide environmental and natural resource policy development.

Selected Publications

Rosenberger R.S., and R.J. Johnston. 2013. Benefit Transfer. In: Shogren, J.F., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics, Vol. 3, pp. 327-333. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, D.M. Bauer and E. Uchida. 2012. Connecting Ecosystem Services to Land Use: Implications for Valuation and Policy, chapter 14 in Duke, J.M. and J. Wu, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Johnston, R.J., J. Sanchirico and D.S. Holland. 2011 Measuring Social Value and Human Well-Being, in Bowen, R.E., M.H. Depledge, C.P. Carlarne and L.E. Fleming, eds. Seas, Society and Human Well Being. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, forthcoming.

Londoño, L.M. and R.J. Johnston. 2012. Enhancing the Reliability of Benefit Transfer Over Heterogeneous Sites: A Meta-Analysis of International Coral Reef Values. Ecological Economics 78(1): 80-89.

Duke, J.M., A.M. Borchers, R.J. Johnston and S. Chatterson. 2012. Sustainable Agricultural Management Contracts: Using Choice Experiments to Estimate the Benefits of Land Preservation and Conservation Practices. Ecological Economics 74(1): 95-103.

Schultz, E.T., R.J. Johnston, K. Segerson and E.Y. Besedin. 2012. Integrating Ecology and Economics for Restoration: Using Ecological Indicators in Valuation of Ecosystem Services. Restoration Ecology 20(3): 304-310.

Johnston, R.J., E.T. Schultz, K. Segerson, E.Y. Besedin and M. Ramachandran. 2012. Enhancing the Content Validity of Stated Preference Valuation: The Structure and Function of Ecological Indicators. Land Economics 88(1): 102-120.

Johnston, R.J., and J. C. Bergstrom. 2011. Valuing Farmland Protection: Does Policy Guidance Depend on the Econometric Fine Print? Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 33(4): 639-660.

Johnston, R.J., and M. Russell. 2011. An Operational Structure for Clarity in Ecosystem Service Values. Ecological Economics 70(12): 2243-2249.

Tyrrell, T.J. and R. J. Johnston. 2012. The Rocket Science of Sustainable Tourism. Tourism Analysis 17(3): 371-376.

Johnston, R.J., K. Segerson, E.T. Schultz, E.Y. Besedin and M. Ramachandran. 2011. Indices of Biotic Integrity in Stated Preference Valuation of Aquatic Ecosystem Services. Ecological Economics 70(11): 1946-1956.

Johnston, R.J., D.S. Holland and S. Tuler. 2010. Groundfish Sectors and Amendment 16: Prospects and Uncertainties for New England Fishing Communities. Communities and Banking 21(2): 3-5.

Johnston, R.J., and P.J. Thomassin. 2010. Willingness to Pay for Water Quality Improvement in the United States and Canada: Considering Possibilities for International Meta-Analysis and Benefit Transfer. Agricultural and Resource Econoimcs Review 39(1):114-131.

Johnston, R.J. and R.S. Rosenberger 2010. Methods, Trends and Controversies in Contemporary Benefit Transfer. Journal of Economic Surveys, available online, doi:10.1111/j.1467-6419.2009.00592.x. Print version 24(3): 479-510.

Holland, D.S., J. Sanchirico, R.J. Johnston and D. Joglekar. 2010. Economic Analysis for Ecosystem Based Management: Applicaitons to Marine and Coastal Environments. Washington, DC: RFF Press.

Moeltner, K., R.J. Johnston, R.S. Rosenberger and J.M. Duke. 2009. Benefit Transfer from Multiple Contingent Experiments: A Flexible Two-Step Model Combining Individual Choice Data with Community Characteristics. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5):1335-1342.

Johnston, R.J. and J.M. Duke. 2009. Informing Preservation of Multifunctional Agriculture when Primary Research is Unavailable: An Application of Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5): 1353-1359.

Duke, J.M. and R.J. Johnston. 2010. Nonmarket Valuation to Urban Fringe Farm and Forest Preservation. Ch.8, pp. 124-142, In New Perspectives on Agri-Environmental Policies: A Multidisciplinary and Transatlantic Approach, eds. S. Goetz and F. Brouwer. Oxford, UK, Routledge Publishers.

Tyrrell, T.J. and R.J. Johnston. 2009. An Econometric Analysis of the Effects of Tourism Growth on Municipal Revenues and Expenditures. Tourism Economics 15(4): 771-783.

Chapman, J.I., R.J. Johnston and T.J. Tyrrell. 2009. Implications of a Land Value Tax with Error in Assessed Values. Land Economics 85(4): 576-586.

Johnston, R.J. and P.J. Thomassin. 2009. Evaluating the Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI): Results from a Survey of Actual and Potential Users. AERE (Association of Environmental and Resource Economics) Newsletter 29(1): 33-38.

Rosenberger, R.S. and R.J. Johnston. 2009. Selection Effects in Meta-Analysis and Benefit Transfer: Avoiding Unintended Consequences. Land Economics 85(3):410-428.

Stapler, R.W. and R.J. Johnston. 2009. Meta-Analysis, Benefit Transfer, and Methodological Covariates: Implications for Transfer Error. Environmental and Resource Economics 42(2): 227-246.

Johnston, R.J. and J.M. Duke. 2009. Willingness to Pay for Land Preservation Across States and Jurisdictional Scale: Implications for Benefit Transfer. Land Economics 85(2): 217-237.