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


Netusil, N.R., K. Moeltner, M. Jarrad, K. Moeltner (published online Aug. 2019). Floodplain Designation and Property Sale Prices in an Urban Watershed, Land Use Policy.

Moeltner, K., J.A. Balukas, E. Besedin, and B. Holland (published online Aug. 2019). Waters of the United States: Upgrading Wetland Valuation via Benefit Transfer, Ecological Economics.

Johnston, R., K. Moeltner (2019). Special Flood Hazard Effects on Coastal and Interior Home Values: One Size Does Not Fit All, Environmental and Resource Economics 74, 181-210.

Cohen, J., K. Moeltner, J. Reichl, M. Schmidthaler (2018). Valuing Electricity-dependent Infrastructure: An Essential-input Approach, Energy Economics, 73, 258-273.

Jarrad, M., N.R. Netusil, K. Moeltner, A.T. Morzillo, J.A. Yeakley (2018). Urban Stream Restoration Projects: Do Project Phase, Distance, and Type Affect Nearby Property Sale Prices? Land Economics, 94, 368-385.

Cohen, J., K. Moeltner, J. Reichl, M. Schmidthaler (2018). Effect of Global Warming on Willingness-to-pay for Uninterrupted Electricity Supply in European Nations, Nature Energy, 3, 37-45.

Pekka-Kuusela, O., G. Amacher, K. Moeltner (2017). Enforcing the Rules in Timber Concessions: Performance Bonding in the Presence of Corruption Risk, Forest Policy and Economics, 85, 52-64

Moeltner, K., C. Blinn, T. Holmes (2017). Forest Pests and Home Values: The Importance of Accuracy in Damage Assessment and Geocoding of Properties, Journal of Forest Economics, 26, 46-55.

Cohen, J., K. Moeltner, J. Reichl, M. Schmidthaler (2016). Linking the Value of Energy Reliability to the Acceptance of Energy Infrastructure: Evidence from the EU, Resource and Energy Economics, 45, 124-143

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