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Leonard A. Shabman
Resident Scholar
After three decades on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Leonard Shabman joined RFF in 2002 as a resident scholar. His special interest is in expanding the contributions of economic analysis to the formation of water and related land resource policy. Shabman’s present research is focused on development of evaluation protocols for large-scale ecosystem restoration projects, with special focus on the Everglades and Coastal Louisiana. 
Featured Publications
Nutrient Assimilation Services for Water Quality Credit Trading Programs
Kurt Stephenson, Leonard A. Shabman
RFF Discussion Paper 15-33 | July 2015
Understanding Flood Risk Decisionmaking: Implications for Flood Risk Communication Program Design
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
RFF Discussion Paper 15-01 | February 2015
Infographic: Federal Disaster Aid: Reflections from Superstorm Sandy
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
Resources | 2015 (118)
Pricing Flood Insurance: How and Why the NFIP Differs from a Private Insurance Company
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
RFF Discussion Paper 14-37 | October 2014
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Richard D. Morgenstern, Leonard A. Shabman, Yusuke Kuwayama , Roger A. Sedjo
Resources | 2014 (185)
A New Era of Disaster Aid? Reflections on the Sandy Supplemental
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
Issue Brief 13-05 | December 2013
Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Science Insights for Natural Resource Investments
P. Lynn Scarlett, James W. Boyd, Anna Brittain, Leonard A. Shabman, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Report | September 2013
Florida Ranchlands: An Experiment in Paying for Environmental Services: An Interview with Leonard Shabman
Leonard A. Shabman
Resources | 2013 (184)
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Leonard A. Shabman, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, James N. Sanchirico, P. Lynn Scarlett
Resources | 2013 (184)
Moving from Concept to Implementation: The Emergence of the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program
Leonard A. Shabman, Sarah Lynch
RFF Discussion Paper 13-27 | August 2013
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Taxonomy of Trading Programs: Concepts and Applications to TMDLs
Kurt Stephenson, Leonard Shabman, and James Boyd
Total Maximum Daily Load: Approaches and Challenges | Tamim Younos, ed. | Tulsa, OK: PennWell Press | 2005
Trading as a U.S. Water Quality Management Tool: Prospects for a Market Alternative
James Boyd, Leonard Shabman and Kurt Stephenson
Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management | Jon Erickson, Frank Messner, and Irene Ring, eds. | Elsevier | 2007
Combatting Ignorance About U.S. Water Quality
James Boyd and Leonard Shabman
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, editors | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 22
Combating Ignorance About U.S. Water Quality
James Boyd and Leonard Shabman
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Morgenstern, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 22
Land Settlement, Public Policy, and the Environmental Future of the Southeast Coast
Leonard A. Shabman
Sustainable Development in the Southeastern Coastal Zone | F.J. Vernberg, W. Vernberg, and T. Siewicki, eds. | Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina | 1996
Wetland Mitigation Banking Markets
L.A. Shabman, P. Scodari and D. King
Mitigation Banking: Theory and Practice | L.L. Marsh, D.R. Porter and D.A. Salvesen, eds. | Washington, D.C.: Island Press | 1996
Conflict over Eastern Water Transfers: Toward a New Era of Negotiation
L. Shabman and W.E. Cox
Resolution of Water Quantity/Quality Conflicts | E. Loehman and A. Dinar, eds. | Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group | 1995
Water Disputes and Government Response: A Perspective on the Coming Decade
Leonard A. Shabman
Resolution of Water Quantity/Quality Conflicts | A. Dinar and E. Loehman, eds. | Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc | 1995
Making Watershed Restoration Happen: What Does Economics Offer?
Leonard A. Shabman
Rehabilitating Damaged Ecosystems | J. Cairns, ed. | Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, Inc. | 1995
Bargaining Markets, and Watershed Restoration: Some Elements of a New National Water Policy
Leonard A. Shabman
Water Resources Administration in the United States: Policy, Practice, and Emerging Issues | Martin Reuss, ed. | East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press | 1993
Making Land Settlement Policy in a Federalist System
Leonard A. Shabman
Land Ownership and Taxation in American Agriculture | G. Wunderlich, ed. | Boulder, CO: Westview Press | 1993
Water-Use Forecasting — Benefits and Capabilities
Leonard A. Shabman
National Water Summary- 1987 | United States Geological Survey | Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey | 1990
Hard Clam Demand: Past Determinants and Future Prospects
O. Capps, L. Shabman and J. Brown
Clam Mariculture in North America | J. Manzi and M. Castagna, eds. | Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier | 1989
Overview of Economic Assessment Methods Relevant to Wetland Evaluation
J. Leitch and L. Shabman
The Ecology and Management of Wetlands, Vol. 2, Management, Use, and Value of Wetlands | Portland, OR: Timber Press | 1988
The Benefits and Costs of Flood Control: Reflections on the Flood Control Act of 1936
Leonard A. Shabman
The Flood Control Challenge: Past, Present, and Future | H. Rosen and M. Reuss, eds. | Chicago, IL: Public Works Historical Society | 1988
Costs of Water Management Institutions: A Study of Southeastern Virginia
L. Shabman and W. Cox
Scarce Water and Institutional Change | Kenneth D. Frederick, ed. | RFF Press | 1986 | pp. 134-170
Incentives for Agricultural Development of U.S. Wetlands: A Case Study of the Bottomland Hardwoods of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
R. Kramer and L Shabman
Agriculture and the Environment | T. Phipps, P. Crosson, and K. Price, eds. | RFF Press | 1986 | pp. 175-201
U.S. Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy: Past and Future
S. Batie, L. Shabman and R. Kramer
The Future of the North American Granary | C. Ford Runge, ed. | Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press | 1985
Estimating the Economic Value of Coastal Wetlands: Conceptual Issues and Research Needs
L. Shabman and S. Batie
Estuarine Perspectives | V.S. Kennedy | New York, NY: Academic Press | 1980
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Why Mississippi Floods Were Expected
Friday, May 13, 2011
Investigators Urge Larger Federal Risk-Reduction Role
Monday, September 15, 2008
Engineering News-Record
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