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Dr. Lars J. Olson


2113 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Invasive Species
  • Growth Theory and Economic Dynamics
  • Economics of Uncertainty



B.A. 1981, Eckerd College: Mathematics and Economics
M.A. 1985, Cornell University: Economics
Ph.D. 1988, Cornell University: Economics

Professional Work

Editorial service:

Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1996-1999.

Editorial Council, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1994-1995, 2001-2004.

Referee for:

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Annals of Regional Science, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, California Agriculture, Canadian Journal of Economics, Choices, Contemporary Policy Issues, Ecological Economics, Econometrica, Economic Theory, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, European Economic Review, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Finnish Economic Papers, International Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Ecology, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Natural Resource Modeling, Resource and Energy Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Water Resources Research

Grant reviewing:

Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

National Institutes for Water Resources/USGS National Competitive Grant Program

National Sea Grant College Program

The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation

UC Toxic Substances Program (review panel chair)

UC Water Resources Center

USDA, ERS, Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management


Areas of Interest: 

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Invasive Species
  • Growth Theory and Economic Dynamics
  • Economics of Uncertainty


Selected Publications:

2021, Holzer, J. and L.J. Olson, Precautionary Buffers and Stochastic Dependence in Environmental Policy, J. Environmental Economics and Management, v106,

2020, Gore, M., A. Hübschle, A. Botha, M.A. Ottinger, L.J. Shaffer, B. Coverdale, R. Garbett, R. Harrell, S. Krueger, J. Murrow, L.J. Olson, H.S. Robinson, L. Thompson, L. van den Heever, W. Bowerman, A Conservation Criminology-Based Desk Assessment of Vulture Poisoning in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Global Ecology and Conservation,

2020, Lichtenberg, E. and L.J. Olson, Tariffs and the risk of invasive pest introductions in commodity imports: theory and empirical evidence, J. Environmental Economics and Management,

2018, Lichtenberg, E. and L.J. Olson, The Fruit and Vegetable Import Pathway for Potential Invasive Pest Arrivals. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192280.

2014, Haack, R.A., K.O. Britton, G.E. Brockerhoff, J.F. Cavey, L.J. Garrett, M. Kimberley, F. Lowenstein, A. Nuding, L.J. Olson, J. Turner, K.N. Vasilaky, Effectiveness of the International Phytosanitary Standard ISPM No. 15 on Reducing Wood Borer Infestation Ratesin Wood Packaging Material Entering the United States, PLoS ONE, 9(5): e96611. https://doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096611

2013, Strutt, A., J.A. Turner, R.A. Haack, L. Olson, Evaluating the Impacts of an International Phytosanitary Standard for Wood Packaging Material: Global and United States Trade Implications, Forest Policy and Economics, 27, 54-64. Available online

2010, Olson, L.J. and S. Roy, Dynamic Sanitary and Phytosanitary Policy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 60(1), 21-30. Available online

2008, Olson, L.J. and S. Roy, Controlling a Biological Invasion: A Non-Classical Dynamic Economic Model, Economic Theory, 36(3), 453-469

2006, Olson, L.J., The Economics of Terrestrial Invasive Species: A Review of the Literature, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 35(1), 178-194.

2005, Just, R.E., #S. Netanyahu and L.J. Olson, Depletion of Natural Resources, Technological Uncertainty, and the Adoption of Technological Substitutes, Resource and Energy Economics, 27(2), 91 108

2005, Bramoulle, Y. and L.J. Olson, Allocation of Pollution Abatement Under Learning by Doing, Journal of Public Economics, 89(9-10), 1935-1960