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Nicolai Kuminoff

Nicolai Kuminoff

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business


Department of Economics
Arizona State University
PO Box 879801
Tempe, AZ 85287-9801


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business


Nick Kuminoff is an Associate Professor in Arizona State University’s Economics Department and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Formerly, he was on the faculty at Virginia Tech. Kuminoff’s research focuses on informing policy evaluation by investigating what can be learned about consumer preferences for non-market amenities from their sorting behavior in markets for housing, labor, health insurance, and other private goods. Recent projects include developing national satellite accounts for non-market amenities, predicting the distributional welfare effects of policies designed to simplify choice architecture, examining the effects of long term pollution exposure on the elderly, and estimating the value of a statistical life. Kuminoff’s research has been funded by EPA, NIH, NSF and other agencies, and published in journals such as the American Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Land Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Proceedings of the Royal Society-B, Ecohealth, PLoS-ONE, and Water Resources Research. Kuminoff obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University (2006) and MS (2000) and BS (1999) degrees in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of California-Davis.


  • PhD, Economics, North Carolina State University, 2006
  • MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Davis, 2000
  • BS, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Davis, 1999


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Journal Articles


Ketcham, J. D., N. V. Kuminoff and C. A. Powers. 2016. Choice inconsistencies among the elderly: Evidence from plan choice in the Medicare Part D Program: Comment. American Economic Review 106(12):3932-61. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20131048. (link )


Bayham, J., N. V. Kuminoff, Q. Gunn and E. P. Fenichel. 2015. Measured voluntary avoidance behaviour during the 2009 A/H1N1 epidemic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1818): 20150814. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0814. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V., T. Schoellman and C. Timmins. 2015. Environmental regulations and the welfare effects of job layoffs in the United States: A spatial approach. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 9(2):198-218. DOI: 10.1093/reep/rev006. (link )

Zhang, C., K. J. Boyle and N. V. Kuminoff. 2015. Partial identification of amenity demand functions. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 71(May):180-197. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2015.02.002. (link )


Kuminoff, N. V. and J. C. Pope. 2014. Do "capitalization effects" for public goods reveal the public's willingness to pay?. International Economic Review 55(4):1227-1250. DOI: 10.1111/iere.12088. (link )

Perrings, C., C. Castillo-Chavez, G. Chowell, P. Daszak, E. P. Fenichel, D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. P. Kinzig, N. V. Kuminoff, S. Levin, B. Morin, K. F. Smith and M. Springborn. 2014. Merging economics and epidemiology to improve the prediction and management of infectious disease. EcoHealth 11(4):464-475. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0963-6. (link )


Fenichel, E. P., N. V. Kuminoff and G. Chowell-Puente. 2013. Skip the trip: Air travelers' behavioral responses to pandemic influenza. PLOS One 8(3):e58249. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058249. (link )

Kaul, S., K. J. Boyle, N. V. Kuminoff, C. F. Parmeter and J. C. Pope. 2013. What can we learn from benefit transfer errors? Evidence from 20 years of research on convergent validity. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 66(1):90-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2013.03.001. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V. and J. C. Pope. 2013. The value of residential land and structures during the great housing boom and bust. Land Economics 89(1):1-29. DOI: 10.3368/le.89.1.1. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V., V. K. Smith and C. Timmins. 2013. The new economics of equilibrium sorting and policy evaluation using housing markets. Journal of Economics Literature 51(4):1007-1062. DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.4.1007. (link )


Kuminoff, N. V. and J. C. Pope. 2012. A novel approach to identifying hedonic demand parameters. Economic Letters 116(3):374-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.017. (link )


Bosch, D., N. Kuminoff, K. Stephenson, A. Miller, J. Pope and A. Harris. 2010. Evaluation of policy options for expanding oyster aquaculture in Virginia. Aquaculture Economics & Management 14(2):145-163. DOI: 10.1080/13657301003776698. (link )

Boyle, K. J., N. V. Kuminoff, C. F. Parmeter and J. C. Pope. 2010. The benefit transfer challenges. Annual Review of Resource Economics 2:161-182. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.resource.012809.103933. (link )

Boyle, K. J., N. V. Kuminoff, C. Zhang, M. Devanney and K. P. Bell. 2010. Does a property-specific environmental health risk create a "neighborhood" housing price stigma? Arsenic in private well water. Water Resources Research 46(3):W03507. DOI: 10.1029/2009WR008074. (link )

Ciliberto, F. and N. V. Kuminoff. 2010. Public policy and market competition: How the Master Settlement Agreement changed the cigarette industry. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 10(1):Frontiers, Article 63. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V. and A. S. Jarrah. 2010. A new approach to computing hedonic equilibria and investigating the properties of locational sorting models. Journal of Urban Economics 67(3):322-335. DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2009.10.006. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V., C. F. Parmeter and J. C. Pope. 2010. Which hedonic models can we trust to recover the marginal willingness to pay for environmental amentities?. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 60(3):145-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2010.06.001. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V. and A. Wossink. 2010. Why isn't more US farmland organic?. Journal of Agricultural Economics 61(2):240-258. DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2009.00235.x. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V., C. Zhang and J. Rudi. 2010. Are travelers willing to pay a premium to stay at a "green" hotel? Evidence from an internal meta-analysis of hedonic price premia. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39(3):468-484. DOI: 10.1017/S1068280500007450. (link )


Boyle, K. J., N. V. Kuminoff, C. F. Parmeter and J. C. Pope. 2009. Necessary conditions for valid benefit transfers. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5):1328-1334. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8276.2009.01343.x. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V. 2009. Decomposing the structural identification of non-market values. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 57(2):123-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2008.07.003. (link )

Kuminoff, N. V. 2009. Using a bundled amenity model to estimate the value of cropland open space and determine an optimal buffer zone. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 34(1):68-90. (link )


Monson, J., D. Mainville and N. V. Kuminoff. 2008. The decision to direct market: An analysis of small fruit and specialty-product market in Virginia. Journal of Food Distribution Research 39(2):1-11. (link )


Mullen, J. D., J. M. Alston, D. A. Sumner, M. T. Kreith and N. V. Kuminoff. 2005. The payoff to public investment in pest-management R&D: General issues and a case study emphasizing integrated pest management in California. Review of Agricultural Economics 27(4):558-573. (link )

Book Chapters


Klaiber, H. A. and N. V. Kuminoff. 2014. Equilibrium sorting models of land use and residential choice. In: Duke, J. M. and J. Wu eds., Oxford University of Land Economics. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199763740.


Kuminoff, N. V. 2007. Public policy solutions to environmental externalities from agriculture. Pp. 115-120 In: Gardner, B. L. and D. A. Sumner eds., The 2007 Farm Bill and Beyond. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Washington, DC. (link )


Mueller, P., N. Creamer, M. Barbercheck, C. Raczhowski, M. Bell, C. Brownie, A. Collins, K. Fager, S. Hu, L. Jackson, S. Koenning, N. V. Kuminoff, M. Linker, F. Louws, S. Mellage, D. Monks, D. Orr, J. Seem, C. Tu, M. Wagger, R. Walters, A. Wossink and W. Zhang. 2006. Long-term, large-scale systems research directed toward agricultural sustainability. In: Raupp, J., C. Pekrun, M. Oltmanns and U. Kopke eds., Long-term Field Experiments in Organic Farming. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR). Bonn, Germany. ISBN: 3-89574-590-1 .