Daniel Hellerstein

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5613
danielh@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly

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.

Education

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., M. Aillery, D. Hellerstein, and M. Hand. 2013. The Role of Conservation Programs in Drought Risk Adaptation, ERR-148, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Hellerstein, D., N. Higgins, and J. Horowitz. 2013. “The predictive power of risk preference measures for farming decisions,” European Review of Agricultural Economics 40(5):807-833.

Hellerstein, D. 2012. Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Trends, EIB-98, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.

Hellerstein, D., and S. Malcolm. 2011. The Influence of Rising Commodity Prices on the Conservation Reserve Program, ERR-110, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Hellerstein, D. 2010. “Challenges Facing USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program,” Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

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

Ribaudo, M., L. Hansen, D. Hellerstein, and C. Greene. 2008. The Use of Markets to Increase Private Investment in Environmental Stewardship, ERR-64, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Hansen, L., and D. Hellerstein. 2007. “The Value of the Reservoir Services Gained with Soil Conservation,” Land Economics 83(3):285-301, August.

Boyle, K., D. Hellerstein, and M. Ahearn. 2006. “Designing a Contingent-Valuation Study to Estimate the Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program on Grassland Bird Populations,” Contingent Valuation Handbook, A. Alberini, and J. Kahn, eds. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.

Cattaneo, A., D. Hellerstein, C. Nickerson, and C. Myers. 2006. Balancing the Multiple Objectives of Conservation Programs, ERR-19, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May.

Hellerstein, D. 2006. USDA Land Retirement Programs: Status, History, and Trends, EIB-16, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.

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

Sullivan, P. et al. 2004. The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America, AER-834, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Barry, J., and D. Hellerstein. 2004. “Farm Recreation,” in Outdoor Recreation for 21st Century America, K. Cordell, ed. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

Nickerson, C., and D. Hellerstein. 2003. “Protecting Rural Amenities through Farmland Preservation Programs,” American Review of Agricultural Economics 32(1), April.

Hellerstein, D., C. Barnard, C. Nickerson, et al. 2002. Farmland Protection: the Role of Public Preferences for Rural Amenities, AER-815, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Hellerstein, D., and C. Nickerson. 2002. “Farmland Protection Programs: What Results Does the Public Want?” Agricultural Outlook, May, pp. 27-30.

Kling, and J. Herriges, eds. 1999. “Can We Count on Count Models,” in Valuing Recreation and the Environment: Revealed Preference Methods in Theory and Practice. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.

Feather, P., D. Hellerstein, and L. Hansen. 1999. Economic Valuation of Environmental Benefits and the Targeting of Conservation Programs: The Case of the CRP, AER-778, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Amacher, G., and D. Hellerstein. 1999. “Correcting for Serial Correlation in Sporadic Panels,” Journal of Applied Econometrics, summer.

Feather, P., and D. Hellerstein. 1997. “Calibrating Benefit Function Transfer to Assess the Conservation Reserve Program,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 79(1):151-162, February.

Crutchfield, S., J. Cooper, and D. Hellerstein. 1997. The Benefits of Safer Drinking Water: The Value of Nitrate Reduction, AER-752, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Hellerstein, D. 1995. “Welfare Estimation Using Aggregate and Individual-Observations Models: A Comparison Using Monte Carlo Techniques,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 77(3):620-630, August.