Taro Mieno

Taro Mieno
As a Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow, Taro is working primarily in the Assessing Sustainability Standards project hosted at the University of Minnesota.

In particular, he is working on estimating economic costs quantitatively to be certified for a sustainability standard. Major challenges include identifying an optimal mix of agricultural management practices and their implications to crop yields for farmers to maximize their profits under a sustainability standard. He also works on economics-driven land use change modelling at the regional and global scale, in order to conduct scenario-based counterfactual analyses with and without a sustainability standard on its environmental and economic impacts.

“My career goal is to be a researcher with a particular focus on understanding the interrelationship between agriculture and the environment that lead to solving real world problems,” says Taro. “While economics is my primary research tool, I believe interdisciplinary work joint with biologists and engineers is vital in closing the gap between the academia and real world in the filed of my interest. The Luc Hoffman Institute, with researchers who have extensive experience in interdisciplinary work, provides an ideal environment in pursuing the goal.”

Taro’s research interests lie in payment for ecosystem services, agricultural water use and environmental enforcement effectiveness.


2014 Ph.D. Agricultural and applied economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2009 M.S. Agricultural and consumer economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2007 B.S. Forestry, Hokkaido University.


Published Papers:

  • Mieno, T., & Braden, J. 2011. “Residential demand for water in the Chicago metropolitan area.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 47(4), 713-723.
  • Shoji, Y., Kuriyama, K., Mieno, T., & Mitani, Y. 2008. “Providing quality recreation experiences in Japan.” Economics Bulletin, 17(7), 1-11.
  • Arnberger, A., Aikoh, T., Eder, R., Shoji, Y., & Mieno, T. 2010. “How many people should be in the urban forest? A comparison of trail preferences of Vienna and Sapporo forest visitor segments.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 9(3), 215-225.

Under Review:

  • Mieno, T., & Brozovic, N. “Violation of strict exogeneity assumption in the impact assessment of regulation under the Clean Water Act.” (in submission)
  • Islam, S., Brozovic, N., & Mieno, T. “Estimating the value of groundwater in irrigation: hedonic analysis of farmland in Chase County, Nebraska.” (revise and resubmit in Land Economics)
  • Mieno, T., & Brozovic, N. “Estimating the price elasticity of groundwater demand: the effect of measurement error.” (in submission)
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