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Dr. Loretta M. Lynch

Professor & Chair

2123 Symons Hall College Park, Maryland 20742


  • Land Policy
  • Environmental and Agricultural Policy



Dr. Lynch's research has specialized in agricultural and resource policy analysis. Her earlier work focused on invasive species, pesticides, and trade issues. Her research on land-use has included the existence of a critical mass, farmland preservation questions, conservation practice adoption, and a variety of tax-related issues. Current research includes economics experiments to further better policy design particular those with spatial components.


B.A. 1984, University of California, Davis: International Relations
M.S. 1989, University of California, Davis: Agricultural Economics
Ph.D. 1996, University of California, Berkeley: Agricultural and Resource Economics



  • Environmental and Agricultural Policy


Selected Publications:

Schilling, B. J., Sullivan, K. P., Esseks, J. D., Lynch, L., Duke, J. M., Gottlieb, P. D. (2020). Farmland owners’ satisfaction with agricultural conservation easements. Society & Natural Resources, 33(6), 769-787.

Hitaj, Claudia, L Lynch, KE McConnell, CI Tra. (2018). “The Value of Ozone Air Quality Improvements to Renters: Evidence From Apartment Building Transactions in Los Angeles County,” Ecological Economics, 146, 706-721.

Duke, Joshua M., KD Messer, L Lynch, T Li (2017) The Effect of Information on Discriminatory-Price and Uniform-Price Reverse Auction Efficiency: An Experimental Economics Study of the Purchase of Ecosystem Services,” Strategic Behavior and the Environment 7 (1–2), 41-71.

Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Lori Lynch, and Tongzhe Li. (2017) “When Does Public Information Undermine the Efficiency of Reverse Auctions for the Purchase of Ecosystem Services?” Ecological Economics, 134, 212-226.

Joshua M. Duke, Brian J. Schilling, Kevin P. Sullivan, J. Dixon Esseks, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Lori Lynch, (2016) “Illiquid Capital: Are Conservation Easement Payments Reinvested in Farms?” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 3(1) 449-473.

Jacob Fooks, Nate Higgins, Kent D. Messer, Josh Duke, Dan Hellerstein, Lori Lynch, (2016), Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets: Lab and Artefactual Field Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98 (2): 468-488.

Roy E. Weitzell Jr., Sujay S. Kaushal, Loretta M. Lynch, Steven M. Guinn, and Andrew J. Elmore, (2016) "Extent of Stream Burial and Relationships to Watershed Area, Topography, and Impervious Surface Area.” Water 8(11); doi:10.3390/w8110538.

Gottlieb, P., Schilling, B., Sullivan, K., Esseks, J.D., Lynch, L., & Duke, J. (2015) Are preserved farms actively engaged in agriculture and conservation? Land Use Policy, 45: 103–116.

Schilling, B. J., Esseks, J. D., Duke, J. M., Gottlieb, P. D., & Lynch, L. (2015). The future of preserved farmland: Ownership succession in three Mid-Atlantic States. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(2), 129–153.

Liu, Xiangping and Lori Lynch, (2011) “Do Zoning Regulations Rob Rural Landowners’ Equity?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(1) 1-25

Liu, Xiangping and Lori Lynch, (2011) “Do Agricultural Land Preservation Programs Reduce Farmland Loss? Evidence from a Propensity Score Matching Estimator,” Land Economics 87(2) 183-201.