Joshua Abbott

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Arizona State University
School of Sustainability
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Dr.Abbott's work focuses on the conceptual and econometric modeling of economic-ecological systems, with an emphasis on the incentive effects of alternative institutional structures for resource management. His recent work on resource management of marine ecosystems includes the examination of fisheries bycatch in the North Pacific, and the design of a system of tradable quotas to address recreational overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico.Other areas of interest include the valuation of ecosystem services in urban and suburban environments, habitat and biodiversity conservation, and the water/landscape nexus in urban environments.He works closely with scientists in government, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service and has also consulted with non-governmental organizations such as Environmental Defense. Dr. Abbott teaches courses on quantitative modeling, resource economics, and statistical analysis.


ecosystem services; environmental economics; land use; fisheries management; bioeconomics; econometrics; economic valuation


    Ph.D., Envrionmental and Resource Economics, Econometrics, University of California, Davis, 2007

    M.A., Economics, University of Washington, 2002

    Graduate Certificate, Environmental Management, University of Washington, 2002

    B.B.A. (Summa cum Laude), Business, Baylor University, 2000

Journal Articles


Abbott, J. K. and E. P. Fenichel. 2013. Anticipating adaptation: A mechanistic approach for linking policy and stock status to recreational angler behavior. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70(3):1190-1208. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2012-0517. (link)

Abbott, J. K. and H. A. Klaiber. 2013. The value of water as an urban club good: A matching approach to community-provided lakes. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 65(2):208-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2012.09.007. (link)

Fenichel, E. P., J. K. Abbott and B. Huang. 2013. Modelling angler behaviour as a part of the management system: Synthesizing a multi-disciplinary literature. Fish and Fisheries 14:137-257. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2012.00456.x.

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Abbott, J. K. 2011. What are we protecting? The challenge of marien protected areas for multispecies fisheries. Presentation at the 26 March 2011 Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Arizona State University.



Abbott, J. K. 2012. Taming the multispecies fisheries commons: The Amendment 80 Fleet of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. Presentation at the March 12, 2012, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity Seminar, Arizona State University.


Abbott, J. K. 2011. The value of water as an urban club good: A matching approach to HOA-provided lakes. Presentation at the 8-10 June 2011 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Summer Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Abbott, J. K. 2011. Taming the multispecies fisheries commons: The Amendment 80 Fleet of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. Invited presentation at the 26-29 July 2011 Workshop on Lessons Learned in Rights-Based Fisheries Management, Property and Environmental Research Center, Bozeman, Montana.

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