Dr. Jacob Hochard

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, East Carolina University
Assistant Research Scientist, Coastal Studies Institute, Outer Banks Campus (ECU)

Brewster A-426
Flanagan 389

Phone: 252-328-6383
Email: hochardj15@ecu.edu


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wyoming, 2015
  • B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College, 2011

Research Interests

Dr. Hochard’s primary research areas are in environmental and natural resource economics and development economics.  His work, highly interdisciplinary in nature, combines geospatial analysis, mathematical modeling and empirical analysis to examine feedback between natural and human systems.  His recent areas of interest include (i) using ecology and economics for management of ecosystem services,  (ii) natural  capital accounting and valuation,  (iii) issues of equality in public good provision, (iv) relating poverty with land degradation and public infrastructural investment, (v) examining the health impacts of water pollution and (vi) storm protection services of mangroves and barrier islands.

Selected Publications

Barbier, E. and J. Hochard. “Poverty and Land Degradation” (2018). Accepted at Nature Sustainability.

Garg, T., S. Hamilton, J. Hochard, E. Kresch and J. Talbot. “(Not so) gently down the stream: River pollution and health in Indonesia” (2018). In press at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Barbier, E. and J. Hochard. “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Poor in Disadvantaged Regions” (2018). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) 12(1) 26-47.

Barbier, E. and J. Hochard. “Poverty, Rural Population and Climate Change” (2017). Environment and Development Economics. 1-23.

Hochard, J., and E. Barbier. “Market accessibility and economic growth: Insights from a new dimension of inequality” (2017). World Development 97: 279-297.

Hochard, J. and D. Finnoff. “Cross-Jurisdictional Management of a Trophy-Hunted Species” (2017). Journal of Theoretical Biology 420, 41-52.

Sims, C., D. Finnoff, A. Hastings, and J. Hochard. ”Listing and Delisting Thresholds under the Endangered Species Act” (2017). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99, no. 3: 549-570.

Hochard, J. and E. Plous-Kresch. “Remote Sensing Supports Economic Inference in Developing Countries.” Chapter 13 in Kruse, Crompvoets and Pearlman (eds). GEOValue: The Socioeconomic Value of Geospatial Information. Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, 2017.

Barbier, E., and J. Hochard. “Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?” (2016). PLOS ONE 11(5).

Barbier, E., R. Lopez, and J. Hochard. “Debt, poverty and resource management in a rural smallholder economy” (2016). Environmental and Resource Economics 63(2).

Barbier, E. and J. Hochard. “Development, Ecology and the Environment” Chapter 33 in J. Ghosh, R. Kattel and R. Reinert (eds). Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2016.

Hochard, J. and D. Finnoff. “Gray wolf population projection with intraspecific competition” (2014). Natural Resource Modeling 27(3), 360-375.