Beau Olen

Instructor, Ecampus Mentor, and Research Assistant
beau.olen [at]

Office: 541-737-1321

Ballard Extension Hall

Ballard Extension Hall 307H

2591 SW Campus Way

2591 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Fields: Agricultural risk management, irrigation, land use, crop insurance, specialty crops

Curriculum Vitae: 

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Affiliated with: 
Applied Economics
Courses Taught: 

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (ECON 311)
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (AEC 250)
Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 202)
Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 201)
Natural Resource Economics and Policy (AEC 351)
Projects (EEP-General Option, Senior Project) (AEC 406)

OSU Main Campus

Beau is an Instructor, Ecampus Mentor, and Research Assistant in the Department of Applied Economics. Beau teaches Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (AEC 250), Natural Resource Economics (AEC 351), Projects (AEC 406), and Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 202). Beau's research focuses on agricultural risk management, including the links between proximate risk management (e.g., irrigation and land use) and symptomatic risk management (e.g., crop insurance and disaster relief).

Beau received the University Medal (nomination) from the University of California-Davis and the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award (honorable mention) from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. Beau is a reviewer for American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, and Climate Research, and is an invited discussant for ongoing talks about "envisioning an Oregon-centric U.S. Farm Bill" with Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

In Beau's personal time, he enjoys riding bicycles, yoga, camping, hiking, brewing kombucha, picking wild mushrooms, gardening (including chickens), and watching TV series and movies. Beau was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Santa Rosa, California. Beau works and lives happily in Corvallis, Oregon."

- People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

My Publications


Journal Article

B. Olen, Wu, J. J., and Langpap, C., Irrigation Decisions for Major West Coast Crops: Water Scarcity and Climatic Determinants, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 98, p. aav036, 2016.


Book Chapter

M. M. Dalton and Olen, B., Agriculture: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation, in Climate change in the Northwest: Implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities, Island Press, 2013.