Dr. Elena Irwin

Associate Director, CURA

Professor, Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Elena Irwin's area of specialization is regional and community economics. Her primary research interests focus on the causes and consequences of growth in local and regional areas, including changes in settlement patterns in suburban, exurban and rural areas; the life-cycle and policy factors that influence households’ residential location decisions; the value of open space and open space preservation policies; and the linkages among land use change, environmental amenities, and water quality. Her research applies theory and modeling techniques from the fields of spatial and regional economics, including the application of spatial econometrics and geographic information systems. Irwin 's extension outreach activities provide Ohio State personnel, local and state policymakers, and community leaders with technical information and analysis of population, land use, economic, and other growth-related changes in Ohio communities.

Selected Publications

Chen, Yong, Elena G. Irwin, Ciriyam Jayaprakash (forthcoming). ”Population dispersion vs. concentration in a two-region migration model with endogenous natural amenities.” Journal of Regional Science.

Chen, Yong, Elena G. Irwin, Ciriyam Jayaprakash (2011). "Incorporating spatial complexity into economic models of land markets and land use change." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 40(3): 321-340.

Brady, Michael and Elena G. Irwin (2011). “Accounting for spatial effects in economic models of land use: Recent developments and challenges ahead.” Environmental and Resource Economics. 48(3): 487-509.

Jeanty, Wilner, Mark Partridge and Elena G. Irwin (2010) “Estimation of a spatially interdependent system of migration and housing price dynamics.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 40: 343-352.

Irwin, Elena G. (2010). “New directions for urban economic models of land use change: incorporating spatial dynamics and heterogeneity.” Journal of Regional Science 50(1): 65-91.

Areas of Expertise
  • Land Use Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Spatial simulation modeling
  • Ph.D., Ag. & Resource Economics, University of Maryland
  • B.A., German & History, Washington University

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