Journal Publications

The Impact of Property Rights to Fish on Remote Communities in Alaska. Accepted.

with Sara Sutherland. Land Economics.

CEnREP Working Paper No. 19-018


The Economics of Groundwater Governance Institutions Across the Globe. Forthcoming.

with Todd Guilfoos. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy.

CEnREP Working Paper No. 20-001

Summary: Around the Globe, Groundwater Requires Local Governance

The Economics of Indigenous Water Claim Settlements in the American West. 2020.

with Leslie Sanchez and Bryan Leonard. Environmental Research Letters, vol. 15, 094027.

Summary: In the Water-Scarce American West, Tribal Water Rights Play an Important Role

Predator-Prey Dynamics in General Equilibrium and the Role of Trade. 2020.

with Dong-Hun Go and Reza Oladi. Resource and Energy Economics, vol. 61, 101174.

Irrigation Investment on an American Indian Reservation. 2020.

with Muyang Ge and Sherzod Akhundjanov. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 102(4), pp.1083-1104.

CEnREP Working Paper No. 18-017

Summary: Investment and Irrigation on an American Indian Reservation

The Cost of Addressing Saline Lake Decline and the Potential for Water Conservation Markets. 2019.

with Sarah Null. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 651 Part 1, 19, pp. 435-442.

Link to dataset in HydroShare

Summary: Innovative markets could protect the world’s endangered saline lakes on the cheap

The Role of Irrigation in the Development of Agriculture in the United States. 2018.

with Steven Smith. Journal of Economic History, vol. 78 no. 4, pp. 1-39.

Summary: Water access key driver of long-term agricultural productivity in western U.S.

An Illiquid Market in the Desert: Estimating the Cost of Water Trade Restrictions in Northern Chile. 2018.

with Gary Libecap, Oscar Cristi, and Gonzalo Edwards. Environment and Development Economics, vol. 23 no. 6, pp. 615-634.

NBER Working Paper No. 21869

Summary: The cost of water regulation in northern Chile

How Transaction Costs Obstruct Collective Action: Evidence from California's Groundwater. 2018.

with Andrew Ayres and Gary Libecap. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 91, pp. 46-65.

NBER Working Paper No. 23382

Summary: Collective management of shared water resource is easier said than done

Economic Insight from Utah’s Water Efficiency Supply Curve. 2017.

with Ryan Bosworth, Amber Burrows*, Patrick Adams*, Vivane Baji*, Shelly Jones*, and Coleman Gerdes*. Water, 9(3): 214; 

*USU undergraduate researchers

Link to spreadsheet with data and analysis

What Lies Beneath? Aquifer Heterogeneity and the Economics of Groundwater Management. 2016.

Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 3 no. 2, pp. 453-91.

Link to dataset and code in HydroShare

Comparative Assessment of Water Markets: Insights from the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia and the Western USA. 2012.

with Quentin Grafton, Gary Libecap, Bob O'Brien, and Clay Landry. Water Policy, 14(2):175-93.

Working Papers

Colonial Origins, Property Rights, and the Organization of Agricultural Production: the US Midwest and Argentine Pampas Compared, with Martin Fiszbein and Gary Libecap (Revisions requested at Journal of Law & Economics)

NBER Working Paper No. 27750

Investment Under Bureaucracy: Evidence from Oil and Gas Production with Trevor O'Grady and David Jenkins (submitted)

CEnREP Working Paper No. 19-017

Water Storage and Agricultural Resilience to Drought: Historical Evidence of the Capacity and Institutional Limits in the United States, with Steven M. Smith (submitted)

Left in the Dust? Environmental and Labor Effects of Rural-Urban Water Sales, with Sherzod Akhundjanov, Muyang Ge, and Reza Oladi (manuscript in preparation)

The Long-term Outcomes of Restoring Indigenous Property Rights to Water, with Leslie Sanchez and Bryan Leonard (manuscript in preparation)

The Shadow of Hetch Hetchy: The National Park Service and the Bureaucracy of Preservation, with Sara Sutherland (manuscript In preparation)

Book Chapters

The Colonial Origins of Diverse Property-Rights to Land and the Long-Term Economic Implications in North and South America, with Martin Fiszbein and Gary Libecap. Forthcoming in Ernst Nordtveit and Erich Schanze eds. The Changing Role of
Property Law; Rights, Values, and Concepts
, Edward Elgar.


Contracting and the Commons: Linking the Insight of Elinor Ostrom and Gary Libecap. 2020.

with Bryan Leonard. The Environmental Optimism of Elinor Ostrom, Center for Growth and Opportunity, pp.149-172. (Peer-reviewed)

Chapter pdf available here.

Water Institutions and the Law of One Price. 2015.

with Gary Libecap. R. Halvorsen and D.F. Layton eds. Handbook on the Economics of Natural Resources, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 442-473.

Link to author Preprint

Other Publications


Edwards, E.C. and Sutherland, S.A. 2021. The Contribution of Wild-Caught Seafood to NC's Economy NC State Economist. Spring 2021.


Branan, A. Edwards, E.C., Huchens, A., and Sutherland, S.A. 2019. North Carolinians Benefit from Water Pollution Credit Trading NC State Economist. Fall 2019.


Edwards, E.C., Nehra, A. 2020 (forthcoming). Importance of Freshwater for Irrigation. M. Goldstein and D. DellaSala Eds. Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes 1st Edition.


Edwards, E.C., Sutherland, S.A., and Von Haefen, R.H. 2019. Should I Stay or Should I Go? Coal Ash in North Carolina NC State Economist. Winter 2019.


Edwards, E.C. and Sutherland, S.A. 2019. A Guide to Municipal Water Conservation Pricing in Utah. USU Extension Factsheet. 2019. (Peer-reviewed)

Ayres, A. and Edwards, E.C. 2018. Groundwater depletion, contracting costs, and the determinants of successful collective action. UNESCO Global Water Forum.

Edwards, E.C. and Sutherland, S.A. 2018. Yesterday’s Nobel Prize and North Carolina Agriculture. NC State Agricultural and Resource Economics News, October 9, 2018.

Edwards, E.C., Sutherland, S.A., and Von Haefen, R.H.  2018. Coal Ash After Hurricane Florence. NC State Agricultural and Resource Economics News, October 1, 2018.

Edwards, E.C., Sutherland, S.A. 2017. Lobbying in Fathali M. Moghaddam ed. SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior, SAGE Publications, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 448-451.

Book Review: Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving From Scarcity to Sustainability. 2016. Water Economics and Policy, vol. 2 no. 2.

Link to author preprint

Summary: An illiquid market in the desert. 2016. UNESCO Global Water Forum.

Summary: What lies beneath? Aquifer heterogeneity and the economics of collective action. 2014. UNESCO Global Water Forum.