Assistant Professor of Economics
Research: natural capital, endogenous risk, dynamic optimization, human and natural systems, bioeconomic modeling, applied econometrics
- Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University 2015-2017
- Ph.D., Economics, University of Wyoming, 2015
- B.S., Economics, University of Wyoming, 2010
Kevin Berry joined ISER as an assistant professor of economics in January 2017, with a joint appointment in UAA's economics department. His research interests include natural capital, endogenous risk, dynamic optimization, social-ecological systems, bio-economic modeling, and applied econometrics.
His research is focused on how people respond to environmental risk, including how they adapt (reduce the damages associated with) and mitigate (reduce the probability of) risk. Before coming to ISER he was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, working with Eli Fenichel to study how people adapt in response to infectious disease and make land-use decisions when faced with catastrophic risk. He has also studied human response to invasive species.
His projects as of early 2017 include: "The allocation of time and risk of Lyme: a case study in ecosystem service income and substitution effects," "The role of restoration in the prevention of a large-scale native species loss: Case study of the invasive emerald ash borer," and "Dynamic self-protection and self-insurance when facing biological invasion."
Kevin's wife, Katie, is also trained in economics and finance and is originally from Anchorage. They are excited to return to Alaska, and when Kevin isn't in the office you'll find him Nordic and Alpine skiing, ocean kayaking or fishing.
Berry, K., D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, J. F. Shogren, Managing the endogenous risk of disease outbreaks with non-constant background risk, Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control, Volume 51, February 2015, Pages 166- 179.
Berry, K., D. Finnoff, Choosing between adaptation and prevention with an increasing background probability of disease outbreak. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
Horan, R.D., D. Finnoff, J.F. Shogren, C. Reeling, K. Berry, Natural vs Anthropogenic Risk Reduction: Facing Invasion Risks Involving Multi-Stable Outcomes. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.