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Details of Professor David Letson   


Gender male
Job title Professor
Department Marine Affairs and Policy
Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami ( RSMAS)
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami FL 33149-1098
4600 Rickenbacker CSWY, Miami FL 33149-1098
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel 305-421-4083
Fax 305-421-4675
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Degree Ph.D., Economics, UTexas/Austin, 1989.
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Policy, Law, Economics, Management , Policy, Law, Economics, Management
Research Activities Dr. David Letson has developed an internet-based survey approach to estimate the economic value of hurricane forecast attributes. He has also helped create an electronic securities market to advance understanding of how hurricane track forecasts are interpreted and used. Dr. Letson serves as a member of NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Socio-Economic Working Group, convened by NOAA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research to develop a hurricane social science research agenda. Dr. Letson’s other main interest is the economics of climate. He participates in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of climate forecasting for decision makers in the southeastern US and Argentina, as part of the Southeastern Climate Consortium, representing eight universities (Alabama-Huntsville, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and North Carolina State). Two targeted decision sectors are agriculture and fisheries. Dr. Letson serves on the Council of Economic Advisors for Florida TaxWatch, a private, non-profit, non-partisan research institute that provides independent research and education on government revenues, expenditures, taxation and public policies, to increase the productivity and accountability of Florida’s Government. Dr. Letson obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and has over 40 publications to his credit.
Skills/Expertise Economics of climate variations and extreme weather; natural resource management and policy.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Professor David LETSON)

An empirical evaluation of the determinants of household hurricane evacuation choice D Solís, M Thomas, D Letson Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 2010.
Letson, D.; C.E. Laciano; F.E. Bert, X.I. Gonzalez G.P. Podestá; E.U. Weber; and R.W. Katz. 2009. Value of Perfect ENSO Phase Predictions for Agriculture: Conditioning Effects from Land Tenure and Cognitive Decision Processes. Climatic Change.
Letson, David. 2008. Oceans and Human Health: Human Dimensions. Ch. 5, pp. 91-98 in: Oceans and Human Health: Risks and Remedies from the Sea, P.J. Walsh, S.L. Smith, L.E. Fleming, H. Solo-Gabriele and W.H. Gerwick, eds. Elsevier.
Letson, D., G.P. Podestá, C.D. Messina and R.A. Ferreyra. 2005. The Uncertain Value of Perfect ENSO Phase Forecasts. Climatic Change 69: 163-96.
Assessing the value of climate information and forecasts for the agricultural sector in the Southeastern United States: multi-output stochastic frontier approach. D Solís, D Letson. Regional Environmental Change 12 (4), 664-673.
Letson, D.; D. Sutter and J. Lazo. 2007. The Economic Value of Hurricane Forecasts. Natural Hazards Review 8(3): 78-86.
Measuring the initial economic effects of hurricanes on commercial fish production: the US Gulf of Mexico grouper (Serranidae) fishery D Solís, L Perruso, J del Corral, B Stoffle, D Letson. Natural Hazards 66 (2), 271-289.
Evolution of subjective hurricane risk perceptions: A Bayesian approach DL Kelly, D Letson, F Nelson, DS Nolan, D Solís Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 81 (2), 644-663.
Carter, D.W. and D. Letson. 2009. Structural Vector Error Correction Modeling of Integrated Sportfishery Data. Marine Resource Economics 24(1):19-41.

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Created: 1997-03-21 Last Updated: 2016-06-18 by David LETSON