Lars J. Olson

Visiting Scholar in Residence

Dr. Lars Olson is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. He is currently a University Honors Lead Faculty Fellow and is the founding faculty leader of Sustainability Analytics, a First-Year Innovation and Research Experience. Lars served as Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and as the founding director of the interdisciplinary Global Poverty minor program, each for 6 years. His research examines the economics of managing natural and environmental resources over time and under uncertainty and has focused on the management of invasive species, fisheries, and water resources. Lars received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University and a BA in economics and mathematics from Eckerd College. He publishes in leading economics journals including Journal of Economic Theory; Economic Theory; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Journal of Public Economics; and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Lars received the 2020 Dean Gordon Cairns Award for Distinguished Creative Work and Teaching in Agriculture, University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has engaged with SESYNC since 2012 in a variety of roles, including as an intern mentor, a participant in a few research working groups, and as a faculty sabbatical fellow.

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2012 - 2021
Areas of Expertise
natural resource and environmental economics and policy
agricultural economics
economic dynamics
economics of uncertainty
Research Interests
economics of the management of invasive species
fishery and forest resources
Methods of Expertise
economic theory
constrained optimization
stochastic dynamic programming