Agribusiness and Applied Economics


| Share

Robert Hearne

Robert Hearne

Office: Barry Hall 636

Phone: 701-231-6494

Fax: 701.231.7400
Expanded Curriculum vitaPDF Icon

About Dr. Hearne

Dr. Bob Hearne has been in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics since 2002.   His research focuses on water resources management institutions, water markets, protected area management, and the economic valuation of environmental goods and services.  He has professional experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Asia. 


Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota (1995) 

M.S. Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky (1988)

B.A.   Economics, Georgetown University (1980)

Professional Experience

Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010)

North Dakota State University.  Fargo, ND. Assistant and Associate Professor, (2002-present)

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Institute  Costa Rica. (1998-2001)

International Institute for Environment and Development.   London, U.K. (1995-1998)

The World Bank.  Washington, D.C. Consultant.  Agricultural Policies Division. (1992-1993)

U.S. Peace Corps, Botswana.  Work‑Relief Project Technical Officer.(1983‑1984)

U.S. Peace Corps, Honduras. Small Business Advisor. (1981‑1983)

Key  Recent Publications

Hearne, R. and D. Torpen. 2010.  “Stakeholder Preferences for Water Management Alternatives in the Red River Basin”.  Water International .  36(2):150-164.

Hearne, R. and C. Kritsky.  2010.  “Characteristics of Active Local Water Management Districts in the Red River Basin.”  Water Policy.  doi: 10.2166/wp.2010.145

Nganje, W., R. Hearne, C. Gustafson, and M. Orth. 2008. “Farmers’ Preferences for Alternative Crop and Health Insurance Subsidies.”  Review of Agricultural Economics.  30( 2) 311-332.

Hearne, R.   2007. “Evolving Water Management Institutions in the Red River Basin.”  Environmental Management. 40(6):842-852.

Biénebe, E. and R. Hearne. 2006. “Public Preferences For Biodiversity Conservation and Scenic Beauty Within A Framework Of Environmental Services Payments.”  Forest Policy and Economics 9(4):335-348.


Funded Grants


Principle Investigator. 2005.  National Institute for Water Resources  and United States Geological Survey.  “Assessing the Effectiveness of Local Water Institutions in Water Management and Water Quality Protection.”  Federal Funds $150,392, State Funds $150,393. 

Traditional Fulbright Grant. 2009.  Strengthening Environmental Economics and Assessing Environmental Services Payments in Thailand.

Teaching Experience

Graduate Courses in Microeconomic Theory in Spanish and English

Graduate Courses in Environmental and Resource Economics in Spanish and English

Undergraduate Courses in Environmental and Resource Economics in English

Undergraduate Courses in Microeconomic and  Macroeconomic Principles in English

Advised 18 MS theses

International Experience

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Cuba, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malaysia, Ukraine, U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam




English, Spanish

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.