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Dr. David Newburn

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Agricultural & Resource Economics 2222A Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Land Economics
  • Water Resource Economics
  • Spatial Modeling



Dr. David Newburn is an environmental and resource economist. His applied research and policy outreach focuses on two main areas: (1) land-use regulations for the preservation of farmland and forests; and (2) water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. He has worked extensively on spatial models of land-use change for managing urban sprawl and has examined the effectiveness of land-use policies to protect forest and farmland. Dr. Newburn’s work on water quality and the Chesapeake Bay evaluates the effectiveness of voluntary incentive-based programs, like subsidies for adopting agricultural conservation practices and household urban stormwater management practices, as well as water quality trading.

Dr. Newburn also has extensive experience in multidisciplinary research groups and committees. He is a collaborator on the NSF funded Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) and a research affiliate with the National Center for Smart Growth. He also was appointed to serve on the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.


B.S. University of Maryland, College Park, 1991
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2002


  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Land Economics
  • Water Resource Economics
  • Spatial Modeling


Selected Publications:

Fleming, P., E. Lichtenberg, and D. Newburn. 2018. “Evaluating impacts of agricultural cost sharing on water quality: additionality, crowding in, and slippage.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, (92): 1-19.

Newburn, D. and J. Ferris. 2017. “Additionality and forest conservation regulation for residential development.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(5): 1228-1245. 

Wrenn, D, A. Klaiber, and D. Newburn. 2017. “Confronting price endogeneity in a duration model of residential subdivision development.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 32:661-682.

Ferris, J. and D. Newburn. 2017. “Wireless alerts for extreme weather and the impact on hazard mitigation behavior.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 82: 239-255.

Newburn, D. and J. Ferris. 2016. “The effect of downzoning for managing residential development and density.” Land Economics 92(2): 220-236.

Newburn, D. and A. Alberini. 2016. “Household response to environmental incentives for rain garden adoption.” Water Resources Research, 1345-1357.

Mezzatesta, M., D. Newburn, and R. Woodward. 2013. “Additionality and the adoption of farm conservation practices.” Land Economics 89(4):722-742.

Newburn, D. and R. Woodward. 2012. “An ex post assessment of the Great Miami River Water Quality Trading Program.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 48(1): 156-169.

Newburn, D. and P. Berck. 2011. “Exurban development.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 62: 323-336.

Newburn, D., N. Brozovic, and M. Mezzatesta. 2011. “Agricultural water security and instream flows for endangered species.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(4): 1212-1228.

Irwin, E., K. Bell, N. Bockstael, D. Newburn, M. Partridge, and J. Wu. 2009. “The economics of urban-rural space.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 1: 435-459.

Lohse, K.A., D.A. Newburn, J.J. Opperman, and A.M. Merenlender. 2008. “Forecasting relative impacts of land use on anadromous fish habitat to guide conservation planning.” Ecological Applications 18(2): 467-482.

Newburn, D.A., P. Berck and A.M. Merenlender. 2006. “Habitat and open space at risk of land-use conversion: targeting strategies for land conservation.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(1): 28-42.

Newburn, D.A. and P. Berck. 2006. “Modeling suburban and rural residential development beyond the urban fringe.” Land Economics 82(4): 481-499.