White, Eric M.

Assistant Professor - Senior Research

Office Location: 
Peavy 109
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

PhD, 2005, Nat. Res. Planning and Economics, Michigan State University
MS, 2001, Nat. Res. Mgmt and Policy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BS, 1999, Forestry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Areas of Interest: 

Natural resource economics, land use change, climate change policy, forest-sector bioenergy, outdoor recreation economics and measuring outdoor recreation use

Current Programs: 

Estimating the impacts of bioenergy and climate change policies on the forest sector in the U.S.; modeling the integrity of sequestered carbon and landowner behavior in afforestation for carbon sequestration; utilities and corporations as ecosystem service buyers: opportunities for rural communities; using a multi-agent-based model to better understand interactions between biophysical systems, natural resource management, and socioeconomic influences in a fire-prone landscape in central Oregon; measuring dispersed recreation use and recreation visitor spending on U.S. federal lands in support of the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program.


Graduate Students: Darren Goodding (MS); Michael Hall (MS)

  • FOR 330  Forest Conservation Economics
  • FOR 432  Economics of Recreation Resources
Recent Publications: 

Haim, D., D. Adams, and E.M. White. (in press). Determinants of demand for wood products markets in the U.S. construction sector: an econometric analysis of a system of demand equations. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Haim, D., E.M. White, and R.J. Alig. (in press) Agriculture afforestation for carbon sequestration under carbon markets in the United States: Leakage behavior from regional allowance programs. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

T.A. Spies, E.M. White, J.D. Kline, A.P. Fisher, A. Ager, J. Bolte, J. Koch, E.K. Platt, C. Olsen,  D.B. Jacobs, B. Shindler, M. Steen-Adams, and R. Hammer. (2014). Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Ecology and Society 19(3): 9.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06584-190309

Haim, D., E.M. White, and R.J. Alig. (2014). Permanence of agriculture afforestation for carbon sequestration under stylized carbon markets in the United States. Forest Policy and Economics 41: 12-21.

White, E.M., J.M. Bowker, A.E. Askew, L.L. Langner, J.R. Arnold, and D.B.K. English. (2014). Federal outdoor recreation trends: Effects of economic opportunities. National Center for Natural Resources Economic Research Working Paper 1. 37 p.

D.B.K. English, S. Winter, and E.M. White. (2014). Economic contribution of Wilderness recreation on national forests and grasslands. Forest Service National Forest System Briefing Paper. 1 p.

White, E.M., A.T. Maher, and M. Berry. (2014). Survey of forest management certification standards in the context of Oregon wood products. IN “Evaluation of the adequacy of leading green building certification systems to recognize the social, environmental, and economic values of Oregon grown wood” report by the Oregon Department of Forestry to the Oregon Governor’s office for Executive Order 12-16. Appendix I, pp 54—76.

White, E.M. and D.B. Goodding. (2014). Spending and economic activity from recreation at selected Valleys Region Oregon State Park properties, 2014 update. Report to Oregon State Parks. 22 p.

White, E.M., D. Atkins, C. Moseley, J. Abrams, and A. Ellison. (2014). Using wood to produce energy for U.S. homes and businesses. Ecosystem Workforce Program Briefing Paper 58. 4 p.

Lurie, S. D.E. Bennet, S. Duncan, H. Gosnell, M.L. Hunter, A.T. Morzillo, C. Moseley, M. Nielsen- Pincus, R. Parker, and E.M. White. (2013). PES marketplace development at the local scale: The Eugene Water and Electric Board as a local watershed services marketplace driver. Ecosystem Services. 6: 93-103.

Rosenberger, R., L. Bell, P. Champ, and E.M. White. (2013). Using benefit transfer to estimate the  economic value of recreation losses in Rocky Mountain National Park due to mountain pine  beetle outbreak. Western Economics Forum. 12(1): 31-39.

White, E.M., G. Latta, R. Alig, K. Skog, and D.M. Adams. (2013). Biomass production from the U.S. Forest and Agriculture sectors in support of a renewable electricity standard. Energy Policy. 58: 64-74.

Davis, E.J., E.M. White, B. Rishel, and C. Moseley. (2013). Forest and watershed restoration in Linn County, Oregon: Economic impacts, trends, and recommendations. Ecosystem Workforce Program Working Paper 44. 24 p.

Fischer, A.P., A. Korejwa, J. Koch., T. Spies, C. Olsen, E.M. White, and D. Jacobs. (2012). Using the Forest, People, Fire agent-based social network model to investigate interactions in social- ecological systems. Practicing Anthropology. 35(1): 8-13

Adams, D.M., R.J. Alig, G.S. Latta, and E.M. White (2011). Regional impacts of a program for forest carbon offset sales. Journal of Forestry. 109(8): 444-453.

Kline, J.D., R.S. Rosenberger, and E.M. White (2011). A national assessment of physical activity on US national forests. Journal of Forestry 109(6): 343 – 353.

Latta, G.S., D.M. Adams, R.J. Alig, and E.M. White (2011). Simulated effects of mandatory versus voluntary forest carbon offset markets in the United States. Journal of Forest Economics. 17(2):  127 –141.

White, E.M., R.J. Alig, and S.M. Stein. (2010). Socio-economic changes and forestland development: Commonalities and distinctions between the eastern and western USA. Journal of Forestry 108(7): 329 – 337.

White, E.M., A.T. Morzillo, and R.J. Alig. (2009). Past and projected rural land conversion in the US at state, regional, and national levels. Landscape and Urban Planning 89(2009): 37 – 48.

Personal Interests: 

I enjoy travelling, and the usual outdoor activities in Oregon and elsewhere: hiking, camping, and canoeing. I enjoy watching baseball and am a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, the Detroit Tigers, and the Chicago Cubs—“wait until next year!” I also am a volunteer firefighter in my local community.