Asa Watten

I am an environmental economist and PhD Candidate in Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.

I am interested in the economics of climate, energy, and technology-adoption policy. Many of my projects include models of uncertainty or dynamics. This emphasis is the result of my time running a small biofuels company in Braddock, Pennsylvania. I also hold degrees from The University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon. You can find my CV here.




  • Against the Wind?  

    Wind power has expanded rapidly in the US. Researchers have attempted to measure the cost of wind farms incurred by residents who live near them. This work questions if this measurement is possible if people are unfamiliar with wind farms and therefore uncertain about the disamenity value neighboring one.

  • Re-Lighting Detroit’s Streets  
    Joint with Soren Anderson, Prabhat Barnwal, Dylan Brewer, Joe Herriges, Anna Terkelsen, and Alex Tybl
    At the beginning of 2014 more than 40% of Detroit’s street lights were burned out or broken. During 2014-2016 the city completely overhauled its street light system. We look at the effects of re-lighting on crime and the housing market.