Urban Development and Social Change

Jacqueline Geoghegan

Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Adjunct Associate Professor
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jonas Clark Hall room 126
Phone: (508) 793-7709
Email: jgeoghegan@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Geoghegan received a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York in 1987, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and 1995, respectively. She has been at Clark since 1996.

Geoghegan, currently Chair of the Economics Department, is affiliated with the George Perkins Marsh Institute,and serves as a member of the faculty steering committee of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

Geoghegan has been a Visiting Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massashusetts, and recently finished terms as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and completed a three year Presidential term for the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Her research has been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Areonautics and Space Administration (including a New Investigator Program award), and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Geoghegan specializes in teaching environmental and natural resource economics at the undergraduate level (ECON 157, ECON 257) and spatial environmental analysis at the graduate level (ECON 359). She has recently developed a unique course entitled "Not Your Mother's Home Economics:  The Economics and Policy of Food" (ECON 258).  She also teaches principles of microeconomics (ECON 11) and has taught  intermediate microeconomic theory (ECON 205).

Dr. Geoghegan's research focuses on developing spatially explicit econometric models of land use change using Geographical Information System (GIS) data and technology. She has established three large interdisciplinary research projects in this broad area of inquiry:  first, at the University of Maryland, in a post-doctoral position, focusing on urban sprawl and agricultural land preservation in Maryland; and subsequently two projects at Clark University, concentrating on agricultural development and tropical deforestation in Southern Mexico; and a project that investigates the urban renewal of the neighborhood surrounding Clark University in Worcester, MA.  This latest project, joint with fellow Clark economist, Dr. John Brown, as well as Clark graduate and undergraduate students, is moving her research in new directions, including investigating the impact of healthy food accessibility on childhood obesity levels throughout the city of Worcester.  

She co-authored (with Kathleen Bell and Elena Irwin) the "Article of the Year" in 2004 for Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.  Her 1996 Ecological Economics publication (co-authored with Nancy Bockstael and Lisa Wainger) was the first economics journal article to use spatially explicit GIS data in an econometric model, helping to establish the field spatial environmental economic analysis, and has been cited over 470 times.  

Selected Publications

"The Economics of Land Use Change"  Advancing the Frontiers.:  Lori Lynch and Jacqueline Geoghegan.  Agricultural Resource Economics Review, 40(3):iii-viii, 2011.  (Introduction to special issue.)

"Spatially-Delineated Public Goods and Spatially-Located Public Bads: A Hedonic Approach to Measuring Urban Revitalization."John Brown and Jacqueline Geoghegan. Agricultural Resource Economics Review, 40(3): 360-374, 2011.

"Labor Scarcity as an Underlying Cause of the Increasing Prevalence of Deforestation due to Cattle Pasture Development in the Southern Yucatan Region." Christopher Busch and Jacqueline Geoghegan. Regional Environmental Change, 10(3): 191-203, 2010.

"Accounting for Carbon Stocks in Models of Land Use Change: An Application to Southern Yucatan." Jacqueline Geoghegan, Deborah Lawrence, Laura Schneider and Katie Tully. Regional Environmental Change, 10(3): 247-260, 2010.

"Commercial and Industrial Land Use Change, Job Decentralization and Growth Controls: A Spatially-Explicit Analysis." Michail Fragkias and Jacqueline Geoghegan. Journal of Land Use Science, 5(1): 1211-1218, 2007.

"The Effects of Moratoria on Residential Development: Evidence from a Matching Approach." Antonio Bento, Charles Towe, and Jacqueline Geoghegan. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 89(5): 1211-1218, 2007.

Spatial Environmental Policy. Jacqueline Geoghegan and Wayne Gray Editors. International Library of Environmental Economics and Policy. Aldershot, UK, Ashgate, 2005.

Integrated Land-Change Science and Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatan: Final Frontiers. B. L. Turner II, Jacqueline Geoghegan, and David R. Foster, Editors. Oxford Geographical and Environmental Studies. Clarendon Press of Oxford University Press, 2004.

"Capitalization of Open Spaces into Housing Values and the Residential Property Tax Revenue Impacts of Agricultural Easement Programs." Jacqueline Geoghegan, Lori Lynch, and Shawn Bucholtz. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 32(1): 33-45, 2003.