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Kelly Hellman


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Kelly Hellman, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Environmental Economics & Policy, Risk, Natural Hazards, Disaster Mitigation, Climate Change

Education

  • Ph D: Resource Economics, (2018), University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • BS: Economics, (2011), Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BS: Environmental Science, (2011), Rochester Institute of Technology
  • MS: Environmental Science, (2011), Rochester Institute of Technology

Biography

Professor Hellman is an empirical environmental economist. She is interested in understanding market and behavioral responses to various environmental risks to inform public policy. She has explored the capitalization of inland flood risk into property values, the capitalization of the risk of oil wash-ups into property values, and behavioral responses to air quality alerts informing people of air pollution risks. Her current work focuses on market responses to natural hazards (floods, fires and earthquakes) and the role of hazard disclosure in incentivizing individual and community efforts to prepare for and protect against damages. She is also an affiliate of the Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Carolyn Harper Memorical Fellowship (2018) - Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Trust Travel Grant (2017) - Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship (2017) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award (2016) - Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Most Applicable Findings for Business, Government, or Non-Profit Organizations Poster Award, (2015) - Institute for Social Science Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Selected Publications

  • Hellman, K., Wagner, J., Lass, D., Korfmacher, K., Gleeson Hanna, B. (2018). Estimating the Economic Impact of Stormwater Runoff in the Allen Creek Watershed. Ecological Economics , 145 420-429.

Selected Presentations

  • - Advances in Field Experiments , 2017 - Chicago, IL
  • - Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2017 - Chicago, IL
  • - Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2015 - San Francisco, CA
  • - New England Graduate Student Water Symposium , 2015 - Amherst, MA
  • - Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association , 2015 - Newport, RI
  • - University of Massachusetts Institute for Social Science Research Conference , 2015 - Amherst, MA
  • - Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
  • - Rochester Institute of Technology Economics and Public Policy Conference, 2011 - Rochester, NY
  • - Rochester Institute of Technology Economics and Public Policy Conference, 2009 - Rochester, NY

Research Currently in Progress

  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Community Rating System
    Hellman, K., Czajkowski, J., Brody, S., Highfield, W.
  • Communicating Risk: Market Responses to California’s Wildfire Hazard Disclosure Law
    Hellman, K., Kousky, C., Korfmacher, K.
  • Floods, Fires and Earthquakes: Market Responses to Overlapping Hazard Risks
    Hellman, K., Kousky, C., Korfmacher, K.
  • Identifying the Health Effects of Information on Pollution Levels in Chile
    Hellman, K., Mullins, J.
  • Information and Environmental Disasters: Valuing Public Risk Perception Regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    Hellman, K., Walsh, P.