Dr. Maik Kecinski

Dr. Maik Kecinski

Leadership Roles

Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Associations (NAREA) Master’s Thesis Awards Committee (2017-2020)


Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research Fellow, USDA funded Center of Excellence (since September 2014), Johns Hopkins University and University of Delaware


Dr. Maik Kecinski is an Assistant Professor of Economic Development in Northern and Aboriginal Communities in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He is also a CBEAR Fellow at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR, Center of Excellence) and an International Project Lead at the USDA funded Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health.

His research interests include behavioral responses to environmental risk and climate change, food risks and stigma, provision of public goods and land conservation. As a behavioral and experimental economist, he uses a wide range of filed and laboratory techniques to understand human behavior, particularly concerning the use of natural resources and the environment. He successfully contributed to the writing of a number of grants, including two USDA funded Centers of Excellence, securing over $10,000,000 in funding. His work has been published in several peer reviewed journals, including Economic Psychology, Land Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, among others. His work on water pollution and ecosystem services was featured on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and highlighted by the Nature Conservancy.

Selected Publications

Social Preferences and Communication as Stigma Mitigation Devices Evidence from Recycled Drinking Water Experiments
Kecinski M & KD Messer
Water Resources Research (forthcoming)

Behavioral Responses to Science-based Eco-labeling: Gold, Silver, or Bronze
Li T., M Kecinski, KD Messer
Applied Economics (forthcoming)

The Tradeoff between Ecosystem Services and Consumer Food Safety: A Field Experiment on Demand for Oysters
Kecinski M, KD Messer, AJ Peo
Ecological Economics (forthcoming)

Measuring Stigma: The Behavioral Implications of Disgust
Kecinski M, D Kerley-Keisner, KD Messer, WD Schulze
Environmental and Resource Economics 70(1):131-146 (May 2018)

A Cautionary Note on the Use of Benefit Metrics for Cost-Effective Conservation
Fooks JR, KD Messer, M Kecinski
Environmental and Resource Economics 1-15 (2017)

Consumer Preferences for Oyster Attributes: Field Experiments on Brand, Locality, and Growing Method
Kecinski M, K Messer, L Knapp, Y Shirazi
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 46(2):315-337 (Aug 2017)

Heterogeneous Preferences for Oysters: Evidence from Field Experiments
Li T, M Kecinski, KD Messer
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 46(2):296-314 (Aug 2017)