JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Boise State University

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Human-Environment Systens and Department of Economics
Post Doctoral Fellow - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111468036
Date Posted: 10/25/2021
Date Inactive: 01/31/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Post Doctoral Fellow - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Boise, Idaho, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
Q1 -- Agriculture
Q5 -- Environmental Economics
Q0 -- General
Q2 -- Renewable Resources and Conservation
Land Use
Agricultural Policy
Farmland Preservation
Salary Range: $60,000
Full Text of JOE Listing:

We have three years of funding available for a research scientist/postdoctoral scientist focused on analyzing the efficacy and unintended consequences of policies intended to encourage sustainable land use practices.

The post-doc will join the Human-Environment Systems community (, a group of faculty, researchers and students committed to trans-disciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges. The project team includes Dr. Jodi Brandt (land use scientist at Boise State), Dr. Mitch Hunter (Research Director at American Farmland Trust), Dr. Jayash Paudel and Lee Parton (economists) and Matt Williamson (conservation scientist).

This project investigates land use policies aimed at protecting farmland from development across the continental US. States and counties across the U.S. have implemented a diverse range of policy mechanisms, providing a wide range of excellent opportunities to conduct sophisticated land use policy impact analysis research. Our project team has rich geospatial datasets on farmland conversion and policy implementation across the United States. We are looking for someone with advanced data science, analytical and econometric skills to quantify policy efficacy, identify leakage, and to investigate how social-ecological context influences policy outcomes. This project has strong potential for both high-impact peer-reviewed publications and to influence U.S. land use policies.

Application Requirements:
  • Letters of Reference
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
Application deadline: 05/31/2022
Application Instructions:
Application materials should be submitted through the Boise State University application system. Applicants should apply with CV, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter. The cover letter should include a statement describing experience with econometric, counterfactual and quasi-experimental analysis techniques with geospatial data. Letters of reference can be submitted through JOE. Informal inquiries about the position can be directed to Jodi Brandt (