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Research Interests

My primary area of interests are behavioral, experimental, and institutional economics. My research agenda is largely driven by a desire to test neoclassical economic understanding of human decision processes. Currently, I am directing a research project to measure the role of economic behavior in parents' decisions to immunize their children. I am also working with Big Data in household modeling of children's health. My food policy interests include improving consumer information, preventing food fraud, and food industry trends. Emerging manuscripts highlight recent work on almond pollination demand and managed honeybee economics in the Western United States.


There are opportunities for graduate study with me. I am seeking graduate students with interests food policy, safety, consumer behavior, supply chain management, parental decision processes, immunization, and economics. 



Kiesel, Kristin, Mariah D. Ehmke, Kathryn Boys, Bhagyashree Katare, Jerrod Penn, and Jason Bergtold. 2021. What do our students think? Perceptions of Transitioning to Remote Learning During the Pandemic at Land-Grant Universities. Western Economics Forum 19(1): 103-119.  

Jonas Nordström, Jason F. Shogren, Linda Thunström, Klaas van’t Veld, Mariah D. Ehmke. 2020. Strategic Ignorance of Health Risk: It’s Causes and Policy Impact. Behavioral Public Policy, 1-32. DOI: 10.1017/bpp.2019.52.​

Ehmke, Mariah D., Alessandro Bonanno, Kathryn Boys, and Trent Smith. 2019. Food Fraud: Economic Insights into the Dark Side of Incentives. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 63: DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.12346


Beierman, Jenny, Chian Jones Ritten, Linda Thunstrom, and Mariah Ehmke. 2019. Honey Laundering and Consumer Demand for Local Honey: An Experimental Study. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.12325

Ehmke, Cole and Mariah Ehmke. Forthcoming. Future Technologies: Blockchain Technology Applications in the Wyoming Food System. 22nd International Farm Management Congress Proceedings

Panchalingam, Thadchaigeni, Chian Jones-Ritten, Jason Shogren, Mariah Ehmke, and Gregory Parkhurst. 2019. Adding Realism to the Agglomeration Bonus: How Endogenous Land Returns affect Habitat Formation. Ecological Economics 164: DOI:

Jones-Ritten, Chian, Dannele Peck, Mariah Ehmke, Buddha Patalee. 2018. Firm Efficiency and Returns-to-Scale in the Pollination Services Industry. Journal of Economic Entomology 75: DOI:

Jones-Ritten, Chian, Cristopher Bastian, Jason Shogren, Thadchaigeni Panchalingam, Mariah Ehmke, and Gregory Pankhurst. 2017. Understanding Pollinator Habitat and Conservation under Current Policy Using Economic Experiments. Land. 6(3): DOI:57.10.3390/land6030057

Ehmke, Mariah, Chian Jones-Ritten, Buddhika Patalee, Anton Bekkerman, Kynda Curtis, and Cole Ehmke. 2017. How Sweet are Beekeeper Returns from Almond Pollination and Honey Production? 21st International Farm Management Congress Proceedings (1):

Thunström, Linda, Jonas Nordström, Jason F. Shogren, Mariah Ehmke, and Klaas van t’Veld. Strategic Self-Ignorance. 2016. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 52 (2): 117-136. doi: 10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

Ehmke, Mariah, Chian Jones-Ritten, Jason Shogren, and Thadchaigeni Panchalingamv. 2015. Integrating Ecological and Economic Considerations for Pollinator Habitat Policy. Choices 2nd Quarter:

Nagler, Amy M., Dale J. Menkhaus, Christopher T. Bastian, Mariah D. Ehmke, and Kalyn T. Coatney. 2013. Subsidy Incidence in Factor Markets: An Experimental Approach. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 45 (1): 17-33.


Ehmke, Mariah, Kari Morgan, Christiane Schroeter, Enette Larson-Meyer, and Nicole Ballenger. 2012. Influence de la générosité parentele et contrôle alimentaire sur l’obésité pédiatrique. Revue Francaise d’Economie XXVI (Janvier): 69-94.


 Ehmke, Mariah D. and Jason F. Shogren. 2010. The Experimental Mindset within Development Economics: Proper Use and Handling are Everything. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy 32 (3): 549-563. DOI:10.1093/aepp/ppq025. Featured Article.


Ehmke, Mariah D., Tina Wilson, Christiane Schroeter, Ann Marie Hart, and Roger Coupal. 2010. Obesity Economics for the Western United States. Western Economic Forum. Fall: 30-42.


Ehmke, Mariah, Jayson Lusk, and Wallace Tyner. 2010. Multidimensional Tests for Differences in Economic Behavior across Cultures. Journal of Socio-Economics 39 (1):37-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2009.06.006.


Ehmke, Mariah D. and Jason F. Shogren. 2009. Experimental Methods for Environment and Development Economics. Environment and Development Economics 14 (4): 419-456.


Ehmke, Mariah D., Travis Warziniackv, Christiane Schroeter, and Kari Morgan. 2008. Applying Experimental Economics to Obesity in the Family Household. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 40 (2): 539-549.


Menkhaus, Dale J., Christopher T. Bastian, and Mariah D. Ehmke. 2008. The Evolving Agricultural Marketplace: Selected Results and Implications for the West from the Laboratory. Western Economic Forum 7 (2): 44-51.


Ehmke. Mariah D., Jayson Lusk, and Wallace Tyner. 2008. The Relative Importance of Country-of-origin in Consumer Food Preferences in China, France, Niger and the United States. Agricultural Economics 38 (3): 277-285.


Ehmke, Mariah D., Jayson L. Lusk, and John A. List. 2008. Is Hypothetical Bias a Universal Phenomenon?  A Multinational Investigation. Land Economics 84 (3): 489-499.


Tanner, Mariah D., Luther G. Tweeten, Mario J. Miranda, and Brent Sohngen. 2004. Estmaciones de Costo e Implicancias de la Captura de Carbono en Suelos Agricolas en Ohio. Gestion Agroalimentaria Newsletter No. 9.




Nagler, Amy, Christopher Bastian, Dale Menkhaus, and Mariah Ehmke. 2010. Agricultural Markets, Policies, and Economic Behavior in the Laboratory and Beyond. Reflections.





Tanner, Mariah D., and Luther G. Tweeten. 2005. Technology Choice and the Changing Structure of Agriculture: Farming to Sequester Carbon and Reduce Global Warming. In Perspectives in World Food and Agriculture Volume 2, edited by John Miranowski and Colin Scanes. Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Publishing.


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. 2001. Pit Depth Modulation: Multiplying the Capacity and Speed of CDs and DVDs. In Performance of Completed Projects, Status Report Number 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO.  


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. 2001. On-Time with Rail-Traffic Optimization Technology. In Performance of Completed Projects, Status Report Number 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO.


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. 2001. Prostheses Made of Biomaterials That Regenerate Body Parts. In Performance of Completed Projects, Status Report Number 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO.


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Smart Window Technology. 2001. In Performance of Completed Projects, Status Report Number 2. Washington, D.C.: GPO.




Ehmke, Mariah D. 2011. A Review of “The Economics of American Agriculture: Evolution and Global Development” by Steven C. Blank. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93 (1): 241-242.


Tanner Ehmke, Mariah D. 2006. Dissertation Abstract: The Influence of Culture on Economic Behavior with Applications to Food and the Environment. Experimental Economics Volume 9 (2): 167-168.




Ehmke, Mariah D., Kynda Curtis, Deacue Fields, David Just, Catherine Kling, Susan Capalbo, and Mary Bohman. 2011. AAEA White Paper on Mentoring. Agricultural and Applied Economics Associate Blog


Ehmke, Mariah D. 2008. Using Economic Experiments to Value Diversity in the Engineering Workforce. Valuing Diversity in Engineering and Science for the National Science Foundation. 


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