Karina Schoengold

Karina Schoengold

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Title Environmental and Resource Economist
Address 307A Filley Hall
1625 Arbor Drive
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-2304
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail kschoengold2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Karina Schoengold, associate professor of natural resources and environmental economics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the School of Natural Resources. I am also affiliated with the UNL Water Center, and I have been at UNL since August 2005. My main interests are environmental and natural resources economics, water resource economics, natural resource pricing, technology adoption, irrigation technology options and agricultural economics.

My research projects have included water pricing, climate risks, and technology choices. Using data from the Great Plains states, I am examining how recent weather events (e.g., floods and droughts) affect the adoption of conservation tillage practices. I plan to incorporate the measurement of the impact of government programs like disaster payments, subsidized crop insurance and conservation programs like EQIP into the analysis. I'm also investigating groundwater extraction in Mexico. Pursued jointly with the InterAmerican Development Bank, the University of California, and the Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE) in Mexico City, this research examines the relationship between the price of electricity and groundwater consumption, irrigation technology and crop choice.

I'm also researching equity considerations in water pricing. This research considers various ways of pricing water (or other natural resources), such as average cost, marginal cost and block-rate pricing. When users of that resource have a mix of economic characteristics and their demand for that resource is variable, there are tradeoffs between equity and economic efficiency in the resource allocation.

Selected Publications

Azzam, A., G. Nene, and K. Schoengold (2014) "Hog Industry Structure and the Stringency of Environmental Regulation", Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, available online: 25-Sep-2014 at DOI: 10.1111/cjag.12053.   On-Line
Schoengold, K. and D. L. Sunding (2014) “The Impact of Water Price Uncertainty on the Adoption of Precision Irrigation Systems” Agricultural Economics 45(6): 729-743, available online: 1-APR-2014, DOI: 10.1111/agec.12118   On-Line
Schoengold, K. and D. Zilberman (2014) “The Economics of Tiered Pricing and Cost Functions: Are Equity, Cost Recovery, and Economic Efficiency Compatible Goals?”, Water Resources and Economics, available online: 25-JUL-2014 at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wre.2014.07.002
Schoengold, K., Y. Ding, and R. Headlee (2014) “The Impact of Ad hoc Disaster and Crop Insurance Programs on the Use of Risk Reducing Conservation Tillage Practices”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics available online: 9-Sep-2014 at DOI: 10.1093/ajae/aau073.   On-Line
Schoengold, K., P. Shrestha, and M. Eiswerth (2013) “The Joint Impact of Drought Conditions and Media Coverage on the Colorado Rafting Industry” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 5(2-3): 183-198.
Zhang, Z. and K. Schoengold (2011), “Carbon Emissions Control Policies in China’s Power Generation Sector” China Agricultural Economic Review 3(3).
Ding, Y., K. Schoengold, and T. Tadesse (2009), “The Impact of Weather Extremes on Agricultural Production Methods: Does drought increase adoption of conservation tillage practices?” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 34(3): 395-411.
"Water Resource Management and the Poor" (with Petra Hellegers and David Zilberman) (2008), Economics Of Poverty, Environment And Natural-Resource Use, eds. Rob B. Dellink and Arjan Ruijs, Springer Publishing.
The Economics of Water, Irrigation and Development (with David Zilberman), Handbook of Agricultural Economics: vol. 3, ed. Robert Evenson, Elsevier Science Publishers (2007).
Schoengold, K., D. L. Sunding, and G. Moreno (2006), "Price elasticity reconsidered: Panel estimation of an agricultural water demand function", Water Resources Research, 42, W09411, doi:10.1029/2005WR004096.
Natural Resource Pricing, Allocation and Capital Investment, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley (2005).
The Use of Pricing and Markets for Water Allocation (with David Zilberman), Canadian Water Resources Journal 30(1): 47-54, 2005.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Wisconsin, Mathematics and Economics (1998)
  • MS - University of California-Berkeley, Agricultural and Resource Economics (2001)
  • PhD - University of California-Berkeley, Agricultural and Resource Economics (2005)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

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Other Areas of Interest

Environmental and natural resource economics, water resource economics, water pricing, irrigation technology choice

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Economics
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy X X n/a