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Faculty Image Helen Naughton
Office: Liberal Arts 403
Phone: (406) 243-4586
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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) (

Field Of Study:

Environmental Economics

International Economics

Public Economics

Climate Change

Research Interests:

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Lab (ENRE) (


Helen Naughton, Kevin Barnett and Kendall Houghton are working on Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) funded studies:

"Spatiotemporal Evaluation of Fuel Treatment and Previous Wildfire Effects on Suppression Costs,” (PI: Helen Naughton with Kevin Barnett). We are seeking for a master's level research assistant. For more information about this position go to

"Critical Assessment of Wildland Fire Emissions Inventories: Methodology, Uncertainty, Effectiveness" (PI: Wei Min Hao, Co-PIs: Shawn Urbanski and Helen Naughton). In the context of this study we are conducting the cost-effectiveness study of Fire Emissions Inventory Systems.

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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:

Economic Way of Thinking

Environmental Economics

Introduction to Microeconomics (in class and online)

Intermediate Microeconomics

Master’s Microeconomic Theory II (at Oregon State University)

Introduction to Econometrics

Master’s Econometrics

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


The University of Montana Institute on Ecosystems “Women's Early-mid Career Award,” Summer 2013.

The Paul Lauren Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award, 2013.

European Community's Sixth Framework Programme, Marie Curie Actions - Human Resources and Mobility, travel grant to attend the European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics “Trade, Property Rights and Biodiversity,” Venice, Italy, July 2007.

NSF travel grant to attend the Second Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, Lindau, Germany, August 2006.

Best Ph.D. Field Research Paper, University of Oregon, 2005.

Kleinsorge Summer Research Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2004.

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.