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Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Program Chair of Public Policy



Office: STA 324


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, see:   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_Fleming12 




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


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.


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).



ECO/PUB 374 - Ecological Economics 

ECO/PUB 371 - Poverty and Human Capability

ECO/ENE 240 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ECO 210 - Economic Statistics

ECO 100 - Introduction to Economic Principles

Student Collaborators 

Science, Economics, and Policy of Stream Restoration Practices (Ben Wright '22) (co-directed with Dorothy Merritts and Bob Walter)

Economic Analysis of Local Food Systems (Bennett Wasch '23, Kelsi Baird '23, Bharat Choudhary '22, Crew Fullerton '22)

Food and Agriculture in the Curriculum (Maddie Huelbig, '22, Max Sano '22, Bennett Wasch '23) (co-directed with Eve Bratman)

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)