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Helen Naughton, Associate Professor

Location: Liberal Arts 403

Phone: (406) 243-4586


Helen Naughton came to the University of Montana in the Fall of 2008. Her specialization is in the fields of environmental and international economics, with a more recent focus on climate change issues. Helen has published articles in the European Economic ReviewJournal of Economic Surveys, Land Economics, International Tax and Public Finance and Ecological Economics journals.

Helen has taught microeconmics at the introductory, intermediate and graduate level. In addition she has taught econometrics and environmental economics courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.

She is also a faculty member of the Systems Ecology graduate program that offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

More information about Helen's research can be viewed on her research lab's website: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Lab (ENRE) (


2007, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Oregon

2004, M.A. in Economics, University of Oregon 

2000, B.A. in Economics, Lewis & Clark College

Teaching Experience

Environmental Economics

Introduction to Econometrics

Introduction to Microeconomics (in class and online)

Intermediate Microeconomics

Master’s Microeconomic Theory II

Master’s Econometrics

Research Interests

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Lab (ENRE) (


Helen Naughton, Anna Guay and Kendall Houghton are working on Joint Fire Science Program-funded study "Critical Assessment of Wildland Fire Emissions Inventories: Methodology, Uncertainty, Effectiveness" (PI: Wei Min Hao, Co-PIs: Shawn Urbanski and Helen Naughton). We are conducting the cost-effectiveness study of Fire Emissions Inventory Systems. If you have any questions please call 406-243-4586 or email or 

Professional Experience

2013-current, Associate Professor, University of Montana

2008-2013, Assistant Professor, University of Montana

2007-2008, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

2002-2007, Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon

2000-2002, Economist, Integrated Utilities Group

Selected Publications

“A Note on Teaching Externalities: Distinguishing Between Consumption and Production Externalities,” International Review of Economics Education, 2013, 14: 94-99.

“Social and Ecological Determinants of Land Clearing in the Brazilian Amazon: A Spatial Analysis,” with Winslow Hansen, Land Economics, 2013, 89: 699-721.

"Cooperation in Environmental Policy: A Spatial Approach," with Ronald B. Davies, International Tax and Public Finance, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10797-013-9280-1.

“The Effects of a Spruce Bark Beetle Outbreak and Wildfires on Property Values in the Wildland-Urban Interface of South-Central Alaska,” with Winslow D. Hansen, Ecological Economics, 2013, 96: 141-154.

“To Shut Down or to Shift: Multinationals and Environmental Regulation,” Ecological Economics, 2014, 102: 113-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.03.013.

Field of Study

Environmental Economics

International Economics

Public Economics

Climate Change