Amy W. Ando

University Fellow

Amy W. Ando is a Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. She earned a BA in economics from Williams College in 1990 and a PhD in economics from MIT in 1996. Before joining Illinois she worked as a Fellow in Resources for the Future, where she now serves as a University Fellow. Ando’s research focuses primarily on the economics of species and habitat conservation. That work includes research to inform optimal conservation planning, understand actual conservation behavior, improve aquatic habitat through better stormwater management policy, and develop planning tools reduce the uncertainty in conservation outcomes from climate change. She has also done research to estimate the values of environmental improvements and to improve urban stormwater management policy. Her research has been funded by grants from sources including the NSF, EPA, and USDA-NIFA and has been published in Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and numerous other scholarly journals and books. Ando has served as a handling editor for three major journals in her field, has twice served on the elected Board of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (currently as Vice President), and has worked on numerous review panels for the National Science Foundation. She has provided expert advisory service to agencies and NGOs including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, the City of Chicago, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


  • PhD in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • BA in economics, Williams College, 1990

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