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Daniel Hellerstein

Agricultural Economist


Daniel's primary field of study is agricultural conservation programs and the provision of ecosystem services, with a focus on the Conservation Reserve Program. His past portfolio includes work classifying and measuring the amenity and environmental value of these programs, and how these values may change as policy and economic factors vary. In recent years, he has engaged in experimental economics work focusing on program design, including work on the design of enrollment mechanisms. Current work continues this experimental aspect, but also includes investigation of the impacts of land use on pollinator health.


BA: Brandeis, MFS: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, PhdS: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Professional Affiliations:

American Agricultural Economics Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Selected Publications:

Wallander, S., Aillery, M., Hellerstein, D., Hand, M.S., The Role of Conservation Programs in Drought Risk Adaptation. ERR-148, April 2013.

Daniel Hellerstein; Nathaniel Higgins; John Horowitz, 2013. The predictive power of risk preference measures for farming decisions. European Review of Agricultural Economics (1, Jan.), 1-27.

Hellerstein, Daniel, 2012, Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Trends. In Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012. EIB-98, August 2012, pp 44-46.

Hellerstein, Daniel and Scott Malcolm, The Influence of Rising Commodity Prices on the Conservation Reserve Program, ERR-110, February 2011.

Hellerstein, Daniel, 2010. Challenges Facing USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program, Amber Waves, Vol. 8 Issue 2, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, June, pp. 28-33

Hellerstein, Daniel and Nathaniel Higgins, 2010, “The Effective Use of Limited Information: Do Bid Maximums Reduce Procurement Costs in Asymmetric Auctions?  Agricultural and Resource Economics Review,  39 (2, April):288-304

Ribaudo, Marc, LeRoy Hansen, Daniel Hellerstein, and Catherine Greene,  2008. The Use of Markets To Increase Private Investment in Environmental Stewardship. Economic Research Report, ERR-64, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, June, 77pp.

The Value of the Reservoir Services Gained with Soil Conservation. With Leroy Hansen. Land Economics, August 2007.

Designing a Contingent-Valuation Study to Estimate the Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program on Grassland Bird Populations, with Kevin Boyle and Mary Ahearn. In Contingent Valuation Handbook, editors Anna Alberini and James Kahn, Edward Elgar Press. 2006.

Balancing the Multiple Objectives of Conservation Programs. With Andrea Cattaneo, Cynthia Nickerson, and Christina Myers. USDA/ERS Economic Research Report #19. May 2006.

USDA Land Retirement Programs: Status, History, and Trends. Chapter 5.2 in Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2006 Edition. ERS/USDA. August 2006.

Modeling Discrete Choice with Uncertain Data: An Augmented MNL Estimator. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87 (1), February 2005.

The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America. With Patrick Sullivan et al. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #834. September 2004.

Farm Recreation. With James Barry. In Outdoor Recreation for 21st Century America, edited by Ken Cordell, Venture Press, 2004.

Protecting Rural Amenities through Farmland Preservation Programs with Cynthia Nickerson, American Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol 32 No.1, April 2003

Farmland Protection: the Role of Public Preferences for Rural Amenities, with Charles Barnard, Cynthia Nickerson, et al. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #815. November 2002.

Farmland Protection Programs: What Results Does the Public Want? with Cynthia Nickerson. Agricultural Outlook, May 2002, pp 27-30.

Can We Count on Count Models, in Valuing Recreation and the Environment: Revealed Preference Methods in Theory and Practice. Edited by Cathy Kling and Joe Herriges (1999).

Economic Valuation of Environmental Benefits and the Targeting of Conservation Reserve Programs: The Case of the CRP. Peter Feather, Daniel Hellerstein and Leroy Hansen. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #778, April 1998

Correcting for Serial Correlation in Sporadic Panels. Amacher, Greg and Hellerstein, Daniel. Journal of Applied Econometrics, summer 1999.

Calibrating Benefit Function Transfer to Assess the Conservation Reserve Program Feather, Peter and Daniel Hellerstein. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Feb 1997.

The Benefits of Safer Drinking Water: The Value of Nitrate Reduction. Steve Crutchfield, Joe Cooper, and Daniel Hellerstein. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economic Report #752, June 1997.

Welfare Estimation Using Aggregate and Individual-Observations Models: A Comparison Using Monte Carlo Techniques. Hellerstein, Daniel. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, August 1995.

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