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Hwang, Julian

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics

Dr. Julian J. Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and Management.  He earned his BBA and MS from Mississippi State University and PhD from the University of Florida.  Prior to joining West Virginia University, he was a Professor of Practice in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Earth Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  He also served as the Chief Economist for the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Dr. Hwang’s research interests focus on economic assessment of public policies to solve complex social issues and improve social welfare using survey and experimental research methods.  His research efforts particularly focus on how the environment and environmental policies affect people, society, and economy.  His recent research projects include valuation of policies to restore coastal wetlands and improve ecosystem services; economics of natural hazards such as hurricane insurance and mitigation in the coastal areas; benefit-cost analysis for a policy to prevent foodborne Vibrio vulnificus; consumer preferences for seafood; and economic values of outdoor recreational activities such as fishing.


Hwang, J., X. Bi, N. Morales, and E.V. Camp. 2021. “The Economic Value of Freshwater Fisheries in Florida: An Application of the Travel Cost Method for Black Crappie Fishing Trips.” Fisheries Research 233.    


Petrolia, D.R. and J. Hwang. 2020. “Accounting for Attribute Non-Attendance in Three Previously-Published Choice Studies of Coastal and Marine Resources.” Marine Resource Economics 35(3): 219-240.


Alvarez S., D. Solis, and J. Hwang. 2019. “Modeling Shellfish Harvest Policies for Food Safety: Wild Oyster Harvest Restrictions to Prevent Foodborne Vibrio Vulnificus.” Food Policy 83: 219-              230.


Petrolia, D.R., M.G. Interis, and J. Hwang. 2018. “Single-Choice, Repeated-Choice, and Best-Worst Elicitation Formats: Do Results Differ and by How Much?” Environmental and Resource Economics 69(2): 365-93.


Petrolia, D.R., J. Hwang, C.E. Landry, and K.H. Coble. 2015. “Wind Insurance and Mitigation in the Coastal Zone.” Land Economics 91(2): 272-295.


Hwang, J., D.R. Petrolia, and M.G. Interis. 2014. “Consequentiality and Opt-out Responses in Stated Preference Surveys.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 43(3): 471-488.


Petrolia, D., M. Interis, and J. Hwang. 2014. “America’s Wetland? A National Survey of Willingness to Pay for Restoration of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands.” Marine Resource Economics 29(1): 17-37.