- Accelerated Master's
- Research & Extension
Professor Wu's research areas include the optimal design of agri-environmental policy, the spatial modeling of land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and the analysis of rural-urban interdependency and spatial variation in economic development. The specific topics that he has focused on include economic and environmental impacts of open-space conservation; environmental regulation and the spatial distribution of economic activity; land-use patterns and ecosystem services; crop insurance and nonpoint-source water pollution; optimal allocation of conservation funds in the presence of threshold effects and ecosystem linkages; targeting payments for ecosystem services under asymmetric information; the slippage effect of conservation programs; environmental and distributional impacts of alternative conservation targeting strategies; mandatory versus voluntary environmental regulations; dynamic interactions between urban development and land use regulations; the impacts of bioenergy production on land use and environmental quality; causes and evolution of spatial variations in economic development; firms' motivations for environmental violations and over-compliance; and energy policy, land use patterns, and economic development.
Professor Wu has received several awards for quality research, including the Quality of Research Discovery Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Outstanding Published Research Awards from the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He is a Co-Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.