Environmental and Resource Economics
Current Research Interests:
The theory of public/environmental goods and their valuation; the role of nonuse values in economic analyses; the incorporation of environmental values into public decisions; the economics of natural and technical hazards.
• Faculty Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science, Environment & Society
• Principal Investigator, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
PhD–Economics, University of California, San Diego
MA–Economics, University of California, San Diego
MS–Mathematical Statistics, University of California, San Diego
BA–Economics, Mathematics Minor, University of Texas at Austin
PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995, is a professor whose primary research area is environmental economics.
In particular, Professor Flores works on the development and refinement of methodologies for eliciting environmental preferences. Much of Professor Flores' work involves the application of economic theory to help understand elicitation methods and empirical phenomena.
Examples of completed projects include an analysis of how multiple public goods interact in determining monetary values for changes in these goods; a theoretical examination of non use values for environmental goods; a theoretical examination of the relationship between income and environmental values; an assessment of the welfare-signaling capabilities of environmentally-adjusted national income accounts; an examination of the relevance of altruism in benefit cost analysis; and an empirical investigation of the importance of provision mechanisms in the application of the contingent valuation method.