James Price

James Price

  • Assistant Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences


Dr. James Price is an Assistant Professor and Environmental Economist at the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He was formerly a postdoctoral research fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brock University, and the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of New Mexico, with concentrations in economic theory, environmental and natural resource economics, and econometrics. Dr. Price’s research focuses on nonmarket valuation and municipal water modeling, including issues related to source water protection, in situ water quality, drinking water quality, small-scale irrigation, residential water demand, and urban flooding. He has extensive experience working in interdisciplinary settings and with partners from local government agencies and research institutes.


  • PhD, Economics, University of New Mexico, 2012
  • MA Economics, University of New Mexico, 2010
  • BA, Sociology, Calvin College, 2001

Research Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Nonmarket valuation
  • Source water protection
  • Water quality
  • Municipal water supply and demand

Selected Publications

Price, J. T. Boyer and M. Noodin. 2020. Challenges and Opportunities for Nonmarket Valuation of Water Among the Anishinaabe Nations of the Great Lakes Basin. Solutions, Spring, 23-33.

Price, J., P. Lloyd-Smith, D. Dupont and W. Adamowicz. 2019. Floods and Water Service Disruptions: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay for Public Utility Pricing and Infrastructure Decisions. Water Economics and Policy, 5 (02), 1850021.

Price, J. and M. Heberling. 2018. The Effects of Source Water Quality on Drinking Water Treatment Costs: A Review and Synthesis of Empirical Literature. Ecological Economics, 151, 195-209.

Price, J., M. Heberling and C. Nietch. 2018. Economic Support for Decisions on Source Water Protection. Journal - American Water Works Association, 10, 56-61.

Steinman, A., B. Cardinale, W. Munns, M. Ogdahl, J. Allan, T. Angadi, S. Bartlett, K. Brauman, M. Byappanahalli, M. Doss, D. Dupont, A. Johns, D. Kashian, F. Lupi, P. McIntyre, T. Miller, M. Moore, R. Muenich, R. Poudel, J. Price, B. Provencher, A. Rea, J. Read, S. Renzetti, B. Sohngen and E. Washburn. 2017. Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 43, 161-168.

Price, J., S. Renzetti, D. Dupont, W. Adamowicz and M. Emelko. 2017. Production Costs, Inefficiency, and Source Water Quality: A Stochastic Cost Frontier Analysis of Canadian Water Utilities. Land Economics, 93, 1-11.

Price, J., D. Dupont and W. Adamowicz. 2017. As Time Goes By: Examination of Temporal Stability Across Stated Preference Question Formats. Environmental and Resource Economics, 68, 643-662.

Raheem, N., S. Archambault, E. Arellano, M. Gonzales, D. Kopp, J. Rivera, S. Guldan, K. Boykin, C., Oldham, A. Valdez, S. Colt, E. Lamadrid, J. Wang, J. Price, J. Goldstein, P. Arnold, S. Martin and E. Dingwell. 2015. A Framework for Assessing Ecosystem Services in Acequia Irrigation Communities of the Upper Río Grande Watershed. WIREs Water, 2, 559-575.

Price, J., J. Chermak and J. Felardo. 2014. Low-Flow Appliances and Household Water Demand: An Evaluation of Demand-Side Management Policy in Albuquerque, NM. Journal of Environmental Management, 133, 37-44.

Price, J. and A. Bohara. 2013. Maternal Healthcare Amid Political Unrest: The Effects of Armed-Conflict on Antenatal Care Utilization in Nepal. Health Policy and Planning, 28, 309-319.

Price, J., D. McCollum and R. Berrens. 2010. Insect Infestation and Residential Property Values: A Hedonic Analysis of the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic. Forest Policy and Economics, 12, 415-422.

Thacher, J., J. Chermak, K. Grimsrud, K. Krause and J. Price. 2010. Invasive Alien Weeds and Western Cattle Ranching: Lessons Learned from Yellow Starthistle in New Mexico. Western Economics Forum, 9, 19-26.