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Xu, Wenchao

Associate Professor


Email:wenchaxu [at] xmu.edu.cn


Research Fields:Applied Microeconomics

Biography Research Papers Research Projects


Associate Professor, Xiamen University      09/2015-present

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Visiting Scholar, Idaho National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR at Boise State University     07/2010-09/2014 

Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University      10/2006-06/2010


Ph.D. in Economics (AREc), Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon Graduation: 2010

Dissertation title: “Essays on Environmental Feature and Land Use” 

Dissertation committee: JunJie Wu (chair), Richard Adams, Munisamy Gopinath, Andrew Plantinga, and Kipp Shearman

Master in Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China 2003

Bachelor in Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China 2000



Agricultural Land Use; Climate Change; Water Resources; Ecosystem Services; Local Water Governance; Water Rights

Wu, J., W. Xu, and R. Alig (2016) How do the location, size and budget of open space conservation affect land values? Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 52:73–97. DOI 10.1007/s11146-015-9506-3

Xu, W., and M. Li (2015) Water supply and water allocation strategy in the arid U.S. West: Evidence from the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer. Regional Environmental Change, forthcoming. DOI 10.1007/s10113-015-0806-1

Hanson, Z.K., S.E. Lowe, and W. Xu (2015) Climate change, water supply, and agriculture in the arid western United States: Eighty years of agricultural census observations from Idaho. Global Water Forum (http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2015/01/26/climate-change-water-supply-and-agriculture-in-the-arid-western-united-states-eighty-years-of-agricultural-census-observations-from-idaho/)

Xu, W., S.E. Lowe, and R.M. Adams (2014) Climate change, water rights and water supplies: The case of irrigated agriculture in Idaho. Water Resources Research, 50(12), 9675–9695, featured in AGU Editor Highlight and Research Spotlight Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 95(19), 164 (http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/agu/article/10.1002/2013WR014696/editor-highlight/)

Xu, W., S.E. Lowe, and S. Zhang (2014) An analysis of irrigated agricultural outcomes under the prior appropriation doctrine: Hypotheses and applications. Applied Economics, 46(22), 2639-2652.

Hanson, Z.K., S.E. Lowe, and W. Xu (2014) Long-term impacts of major water storage facilities on agriculture and the natural environment: Evidence from Idaho (U.S.). Ecological Economics, 100, 106–118.

Xu, W., and J. Wu (2012) Amenity-driven migration and the spatial distribution of economic activity, in Heide, M.V.D. and Heijman, W. (eds.), The Economic Value of Landscapes, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Books