Associate Professor Dan Marsh

Dan Marsh

Associate Professor in Economics


Agriculture; Economics; Environment; Environment Issues; Environmental Policy and Politics

Qualifications: PhD, Waikato; MA, Oxon; MSc, Reading

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.13
Phone: +64 7 838 4950

Papers Taught

About Dan

Dan is an environmental economist. He researches natural capital and the efficiency of alternative policies designed to address environmental problems. He teaches environmental economics, with a focus on the role of economic analysis in solving real-world environmental problems. For a short introduction to ECONS307 click here

In recent years he has focused on assessing the impact of agriculture on water quality and on the efficiency of alternative policies designed to address this externality. He also has specialist knowledge of non-market valuation, ecosystem services and the economics of water quality improvement. He works on development of quantitative and multi-disciplinary approaches that allow policy makers to make better investment and policy decisions.

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Research Interests

Dan’s research is on economic aspects of environmental decision making, non-market valuation and natural capital. Over the last 6 years he has focused on assessing the impact of agriculture on water quality and on the efficiency of alternative policies designed to address this externality. He has a national reputation in this area and publishes in A* and A ranked journals (ABDC) - Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Economics, Land Use Policy, Land Economics and Tourism Management. He was project leader on a major research project funded by Dairy New Zealand and addresses conferences, regional councils and other stakeholders and provides advice on policy development.

Dan has been an expert witness in the Environment Court (Horizons One Plan, 2012), before Independent Commissioners in the matter of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (2013) and at a Resource Consent Hearing relating to the Whangamarino wetland in 2015. Since 2016, he has been developing methods and assisting with policy development in natural capital accounting. He has provided advice to UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on this topic and was invited to present to senior staff from the Treasury, Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment (NZ).

Recent Publications

  • Sunderland, T., Marsh, D., Lusardi, J., Hudson, C., & Waters, R. (2022). Meeting decision support requirements through natural capital accounts: a case study in England’s National Nature Reserves. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, online, 1-18. doi:10.1080/21606544.2022.2062455

  • Ndebele, T., Marsh, D., & Scarpa, R. (2019). Consumer switching in retail electricity markets: Is price all that matters?. Energy Economics, 83, 88-103. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2019.06.012

  • Matthews, Y., Scarpa, R., & Marsh, D. (2018). Cumulative attraction and spatial dependence in a destination choice model for beach recreation. Tourism Management, 66, 318-328. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2017.12.009

  • Johnson, D., Marsh, D., & Bauer, K. (2018). A natural capital approach to natural flood management: A case study of the Caen Catchment. West Country Rivers Trust.

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