• patrick fleming 3 2
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy



Office: STA 324


Patrick Fleming is an agricultural and environmental economist with research focused on  clean water, agricultural sustainability, and the evaluation of public policy to achieve improved water quality  goals.  His published work includes the integration of economic models of agricultural conservation behavior with their associated water quality effects.  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, see:   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_Fleming12 

Curriculum Vitae:


Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2016

M.S., University of Maryland, 2013

M.T.S., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, 2009

B.A., Washington & Lee University, 2004


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.


Policy Reports

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


Invited Commentaries 

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).



Invited Presentations

"Water Quality Trading in the Presence of Existing Cost Share Programs":

  - Lafayette College, November 2018;  University of Delaware, Applied Economics Seminar Series, September 2018;  Pennsylvania State University, Energy and Applied Economics and Policy Seminar, September 2018.

“Cost Effectiveness of Legacy Sediment Stream Restoration”, presented to:

  - Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Joint Annual Conference, July 2018;   Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection staff, June 2018;  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service staff, May 2018.

“Sustainable Farming Immersion in Ecological Economics”, presented to Franklin & Marshall Leadership Council/Parent’s Council on high-impact teaching practices, October 2017.

“Evaluating Impacts of Agricultural Cost Sharing on Water Quality: Additionality, Crowding In, and Slippage”, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, December 2016.

“Farming and the Family”, presented as part of a panel discussion at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, February 2016.

“Agricultural BMPs and Cost Sharing”, Agricultural Outlook and Policy Conference, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, December 2014.


Refereed Conference Presentations

“The Gap between Intention and Action: Examining Low Adoption Rates of Household Stormwater Practices”, with Olesya Savchenko. 

   - Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2020.

"The Effect of Peer Comparisons on Farm Conservation Behavior: Experimental Evidence", with Leah H. Palm-Forster and Lindsey Kelley.

  - Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, NH, 2019.

"Water Quality Trading in the Presence of Existing Cost Share Programs", with Erik Lichtenberg and David A. Newburn:

  - Selected Paper for Workshop on Integrated Assessment Models and the Social Cost of Water Pollution, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 2019;  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2018;  World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2018;  Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2018. 

“Targeting Agricultural Cost Share Payments for Nutrient Abatement in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed”:

  - Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, Wash., DC, June 2017;  Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2017.  

 “Agricultural nonpoint source pollution: Incorporating behavioral response in cost sharing policy simulations”:

  - Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Annual Conference, Breckenridge, CO, June 2016;  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, July 2015;  Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Annual Conference, San Diego, June 2015.

 “Agricultural cost sharing and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: Accounting for indirect effects of environmental payments”:

  - Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2014;  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, July 2014.


ECO/PUB 374 - Ecological Economics 

ECO/PUB 276 - Public Policy, Poverty, and Human Capability

ECO/ENE 240 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ECO 210 - Economic Statistics

ECO 100 - Introduction to Economic Principles

Student Collaborators 

Stormwater pollution management & stated preference research design (Papa Yaw Owusu ‘19);

Willingness to pay for wetland & stream restoration through legacy sediment removal (Jacob Goodkin ‘19);

Nonmarket valuation of the benefits of wetland restoration at Big Spring Run (Jacob Goodkin '19, Fangzhou (Vicky) Wei '20)

Agricultural conservation among Amish farmers (Michael Morette ‘19);

Stormwater management in Lancaster city (Sally Rodenberger ‘18);

Environmental impacts of campus dining decisions (Yunhong (Mabel) Li '19, Esther White '17, Lea Senft '17)