UMaine Economist Wins Receives International Award

Kathleen P. Bell, an associate professor in the School of Economics, has received an international Sören Wibe Prize from the Swedish Journal of Forest Economics for an article she coauthored in 2011 on evaluating programs designed to protect forests from the invasive forest pest hemlock woolly adelgid. Bell and coauthors Thomas P. Holmes, a U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Economist in North Carolina, and Christopher Moore, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Economist in Washington, D.C., will receive a prize and a diploma. They have also been invited to present the results of their research, titled “An attribute-based approach to contingent valuation of forest protection programs,” to colleagues at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The Sören Wibe Prize is awarded biannually for a paper that “presents considerable development in empirical knowledge or methodology in the field of forest economics and is published in the Journal of Forest Economics during the two preceding years.” The manuscript was selected by an independent international committee consisting of three experts in the fields of forest and environmental economics.