Dr. Klaus Moeltner

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Dr. Moeltner is an environmental economist specializing in the valuation of environmental amenities and natural resources, such as clean air and water, forest health, reduction of flood risk, reliable energy, recreational opportunities, and so on – and, naturally, any changes in the quality or quantity of these amenities for natural or human-induced reasons. Monetizing these values aids decision makers in their comparison of benefits and costs of planned environmental interventions and policies, and provides guidance for environmental damage assessments.

To tackle these research problems at the interface of environmental sciences and economics, Dr. Moeltner draws on his background in environmental sciences and planning (MS degree from the University of Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria) as well as his training in economic theory and applied econometrics (PhD in Economics from the University of Washington). Since joining VT in January 2011, most of his work has been multi-disciplinary, with colleagues in Geography, Forestry, Remote Sensing, Engineering, and Statistics. His international connections have facilitated collaborations with the European Union and several European universities.


At VT, Dr. Moeltner teaches graduate courses in econometrics (with focus on Bayesian methods) and environmental economic theory. He is a Co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics, a leading field journal.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Moeltner, K., C. Blinn, T. Holmes (forthcoming).  Forest Pests and Home Values: The Importance of Accuracy in Damage Assessment and Geocoding of Properties, Journal of Forest Economics

Cohen, J., K. Moeltner, J. Reichl, M. Schmidthaler (forthcoming).  Linking the Value of Energy Reliability to the Acceptance of Energy Infrastructure: Evidence from the EU, Resource and Energy Economics

Cohen, J., C. Blinn, K. Boyle, T. Holmes, K. Moeltner (2016). Hedonic Valuation with Translating Commodities: Mountain Pine Beetles and Host Trees in the Colorado Front Range. Environmental and Resource Economics, 63(3), 613-642

Vinoles, V., K. Moeltner, S. Stoddard (2015). Length of Residency and Water Use in an Arid Urban Environment, Water Resources and Economics, 12(Oct.), 52-66

Yu , L., S. B. Ball, C. E. Blinn, K. Moeltner, S. Peery, V.A. Thomas, R. H. Wynne (2015). Cloud-Sourcing: Using an Online Labor Force to Detect Clouds and Cloud Shadows in Landsat Images. Remote Sensing, 7(3), 2334-2351

Castledine, A., K. Moeltner, M.K. Price, S. Stoddard (2014), Free to Choose:  Promoting Conservation by Relaxing Outdoor Watering Restrictions. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 107(A), 324-343

Moeltner, K, M.K. Kim, E. Zhu, W. Yang, (2013). Wildfire Smoke and Health Impacts: A Closer Look at Fire Attributes and their Marginal Effects. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 66(3), 476–496