Ben Gramig’s teaching and research activities are focused primarily
on environmental and natural resource economics. He has a strong
interest in the interface between agriculture and the environment,
and his work is motivated by public policy and the role of human
activity in environmental change.
Ben has a strong interest in applied micro-economic
theory and inter-disciplinary research that integrates economics with
natural or physical sciences to analyze applied problems. His
research interests include decision making under uncertainty,
information economics, climate change, markets for environmental goods
and services, invasive species management, and spatial dimensions
of environmental and natural resource management.
Ben’s dissertation research focused on empirical and
theoretical analysis of livestock disease management issues including
on-farm adoption of biosecurity and health management practices,
design of government indemnification programs in the presence of
asymmetric information, and modeling disease and behavioral dynamics
in a decentralized setting.
Ben has previously worked in a consulting setting as
part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, and gained
experience working with extension agents, commodity groups, farmers,
environmental organizations, government agencies that oversee
agri-environmental programs and elected officials while working in the
Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy in Kentucky.