Daniel Bigelow

Agricultural Economist


Daniel Bigelow is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Farm Economy Branch of the Rural and Resource Economics Division.


Dan studies land use and land valuation, with particular emphasis on the microeconomic foundations through which aggregate land-use patterns and trends emerge. Of specific interest to Dan are policy-focused applications involving the connections between property values, land-use change, and ecosystem service provision. Additional areas of research in which Dan holds an active interest are the economics of climate change and water resources.


Before coming to ERS in July 2015, Dan obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Oregon State University, with Resource and Environmental Economics as his field of specialization. Dan also holds an M.S. (2010) and B.S. (2008) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Jaeger, W.K., A. Amos, D.P. Bigelow, H. Chang, D.R. Conklin, R. Haggerty, C. Langpap, K. Moore, P. Mote, A. Nolin, A.J. Plantinga, C. Schwartz, D. Tullos, and D. Turner. 2017. “Finding water scarcity amid abundance using human-natural system models,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, forthcoming.

Bigelow, D.P., A.J. Plantinga, D.J. Lewis, and C. Langpap. 2017. “How does urbanization affect water withdrawals? Insights from an econometric-based landscape simulation,” Land Economics 93(3):413-436.

Bigelow, D.P., and A.J. Plantinga. 2017. “Town mouse and country mouse: Effects of urban growth controls on equilibrium sorting and land prices,” Regional Science and Urban Economics 65:104-115.

Dempsey, J.A., A.J. Plantinga, J.D. Kline, J.J. Lawler, S. Martinuzzi, V.C. Radeloff, and D.P. Bigelow. 2017. “Effects of local land-use planning on development and disturbance in riparian areas,” Land Use Policy 60:16-25.

ERS Publications

Bigelow, D.P., and A. Borchers. 2017. Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2012, EIB-178, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.

Bigelow, D.P., A. Borchers, and T. Hubbs. 2016. U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer, EIB-161, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.

Bigelow, D.P., and T. Hubbs. 2016. “Land Acquisition and Transfer in U.S. Agriculture,” Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.