Patrick M Fleming Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Patrick Fleming is an environmental and agricultural economist who studies water quality, agricultural sustainability, and the evaluation of public policies intended to achieve these goals. His recent scholarship includes publications related to farm environmental policies and their effects on the Chesapeake Bay; behavioral science, legacy pollution, and strategies for landowner outreach; and survey design in the context of household environmental investments. Along with his wife, he owns and operates a 99-acre farm in Lancaster County.
Dr. Fleming teaches courses on environmental and natural resource economics, ecological economics, statistics, and public policy in relation to sustainability, poverty and human capability.
For more about Dr. Fleming's research:
Fleming, P.M. and Savchenko, O.M., 2022. Intention versus Action: Household Adoption of Best Management Practices for Water Quality. Water Resources Research, e2021WR029684. doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029684
Fleming, P.M., Stephenson, K., Collick, A.S., and Easton, Z.M., 2022. Targeting for nonpoint source pollution reduction: A synthesis of lessons learned, remaining challenges, and emerging opportunities. Journal of Environmental Management, 308, 114649. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.114649
Savchenko, O.M., Fleming, P.M., and Zambito, K., 2021. The future of Four Creeks Farm: Scale-up, diversify, or exit? Applied Economics Teaching Resources, 3(2), 26-38.
Fleming, P.M., Palm-Forster, L.H., and Kelley, L.E., 2021. The effect of legacy pollution information on landowner investments in water quality: Lessons from economic experiments in the field and lab. Environmental Research Letters, 16(4), 045006.
Fleming, P.M., Lichtenberg, E., and Newburn, D.A., 2020. Water quality trading in the presence of conservation subsidies. Land Economics, 96(4), 552-572.
Fleming, P.M., Merritts, D.J., and Walter, R.C., 2019. Legacy sediment erosion hot spots: A cost-effective approach for targeting water quality improvements. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 74(4), 67A-73A.
Fleming, P., Lichtenberg, E., and Newburn, D., 2018. Evaluating impacts of agricultural cost sharing on water quality: Additionality, crowding in, and slippage. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 92, 1-19.
Fleming, P., 2017. Agricultural cost sharing and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: Estimating indirect effects of environmental payments. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 99(5), 1208-1227.
“Increasing effectiveness and reducing the cost of non-point source best management practice implementation: Is targeting the answer?” Easton, Z.M., K., Stephenson, A. Collick, P.M. Fleming, E. Kellner, J. Martin, M. Ribaudo, and G. Shenk. 2020. Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Chesapeake Bay Program, Publication Number 20-002.
"Cost effectiveness of legacy sediment mitigation at Big Spring Run in comparison to other best management practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed." Fleming, P.M. 2019.Lancaster, PA: Water Science Institute.
Fleming, P., 2017. The economy of a small farm: Forming a productive household in an age of specialization. Communio: International Catholic Review, 44(3).
Fleming, P., 2015. Economics, ecology, and our common home: The limits of a preference-based approach to human behavior.Communio: International Catholic Review, 42(4).
In the Field
Professors Bob Walter and Patrick Fleming at the site of a recent damn collapse near Strasburg Lancaster County