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About Dr. Robert Hearne

Robert Hearne

Office: Barry Hall 636

Phone: 701-231-6494

Fax: 701.231.7400
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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 T. Prato. 2016. “Institutional Evolution of Missouri River Management.”  Water Policy. 18 (3) 619-634.

Wachenheim, C., S.Hovde, R. Hearne, and W. Nganje. 2015. “Identifying Market Preferences for High Selenium Beef.” Journal of Food Distribution Research. 46(3): 50-67.

Choi, J., R.R. Hearne, K. Lee, and D.C. Roberts. 2015. “The Relation between Water Pollution and Economic Growth Using the Environmental Kuznets Curve: A Case Study in South Korea.” Water International 40(3):499-512.

Hearne, R. S. Shakya, and Q. Yin. 2015. “The value of fracking wastewater treatment and recycling technologies in North Dakota.” Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination 5(2):211-222.

Hearne, R. 2011. “Chile’s Water Markets Continue to Evolve.” Water Resources Impact. 13(5): 12-14.

Hearne, R. and E. Biénebe. 2010. “The Use of Choice Experiments in Developing Countries: The Central American Experience.” Panorama Socioeconómico. 40:104-115.

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

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.

Hearne, R. and C. A. Santos. 2005. “Tourists’ and Locals’ Preferences toward Ecotourism Development in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala.”  Environment, Development, and Sustainability. 7(3):305-318

Hearne, R. and Z. Salinas. 2002. “The Use of Choice Experiments in the Analysis of Tourist Preferences for Ecotourism Development in Costa Rica”.Journal of Environmental Management 65(2):153-163.

Hearne, R. and K.W. Easter. 1997. "The Economic and Financial Gains from Water Markets in Chile." Agricultural Economics. 15:187-199.

Funded Grants

Principle Investigator. 2014. North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. “Assessing Strategies for Water Supply in the Bakken Region” $14,395

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 20 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




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