Faculty Profile

Helen Naughton

Helen Naughton

Research Professor

Email: helen.naughton@mso.umt.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 403
Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Personal Summary

Helen Naughton is an applied econometrician with experience publishing in international and environmental economics. Helen has published in a wide array of journals including the European Economic Review, Land Economics, The World Economy and Forests. Helen teaches microeconomics at the introductory, intermediate and graduate level. In addition she has taught econometrics and environmental economics courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.


2007, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Oregon

2004, M.A. in Economics, University of Oregon 

2000, B.A. in Economics, Lewis & Clark College


  • PI on Joint Fires Science Program Grant, “Spatiotemporal Evaluation of Fuel Treatment and Previous Wildfire Effects on Suppression Costs,” 2014-2017.
  • Collaborator on North Central Climate Science Center grant, “Informing implementation of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee’s (GYCC) Whitebark Pine (WBP) Strategy based on climate sciences, ecological forecasting, and valuation of WBP-related ecosystem services,” with Andrew Hansen (PI) et al., 2013-2016.
  • Co-PI on Joint Fires Science Program Grant, “Critical Assessment of Wildland Fire Emissions Inventories: Methodology, Uncertainty, Effectiveness,” with PI: Wei Min Hao, US Forest Service & Co-PI: Shawn P. Urbanski, 2012-2016.
  • The University of Montana University Grant Program grant, 2009-2010.

Field of Study

Applied Econometrics

Environmental Economics

International Economics


  1. “FDI in Space: Spatial Autoregressive Relationships in Foreign Direct Investment,” with Bruce A. Blonigen, Ronald B. Davies, and Glen R. Waddell, European Economic Review, 2007, 51(5): 1303-1325.
  2. “Spacey Parents: Autoregressive Patterns in Inbound FDI,” with Bruce A. Blonigen, Ronald B. Davies, and Glen R. Waddell, Steven Brakman and Harry Garretsen (eds.), 2008, Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Enterprise, The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.
  3. “The Equal Absolute Sacrifice Principle Revisited,” with Peter J. Lambert, Journal of Economic Surveys, 2009, 23(2): 328-349.
  4. “Globalization and Emissions in Europe,” European Journal of Comparative Economics, 2010, 7(2): 503-519.
  5. “Social and Ecological Determinants of Land Clearing in the Brazilian Amazon: A Spatial Analysis,” with Winslow Hansen, Land Economics, 2013, 89(4): 699-721.
  6. “A Note on Teaching Externalities: Distinguishing Between Consumption and Production Externalities,” International Review for Economics Education, 2013, 14: 94-99.
  7. “The Effects of a Spruce Bark Beetle Outbreak and Wildfires on Property Values in the Wildland-Urban Interface of South-Central Alaska,” with Winslow D. Hansen, Ecological Economics, 2013, 96: 141-154.
  8. “To Shut Down or to Shift: Multinationals and Environmental Regulation,” Ecological Economics, 2014, 102: 113-117.
  9. “Cooperation in Environmental Policy: A Spatial Approach,” with Ronald B. Davies, International Tax and Public Finance, 2014, 21: 923-954.
  10. “Wildfire in Hedonic Property Value Studies,” with Winslow D. Hansen and Julie M. Mueller, Western Economic Forum, 2014, 13(1): 23-35.
  11. “Beyond fuel treatment effectiveness: characterizing interactions between fire and treatments in the US,” with Kevin Barnett, Sean A. Parks and Carol Miller, Forests, 2016, 7, 237.
  12. “Aggregation Issues of FDI Estimation in an Interdependent World,” with Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Ayça Tekin-Koru, The World Economy, 2016, 39(12): 2046-2073.
  13. “International Tropical Timber Agreements’ Effects on Timber Product Exports,” with  Kendall A. Houghton, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 2017, 17: 755–778.
  14. “Technoeconomic and policy drivers of project performance for bioenergy alternatives using biomass from beetle-killed trees,” with Robert Campbell, Nathaniel Anderson and Daren E. Daugaard, Energies, 2018, 11: 293. 
  15. “Economic and Policy Factors Driving Adoption of Institutional Woody Biomass Heating Systems in the U.S.” with Jesse Young, Nathaniel Anderson and Katrina Mullan, Energy Economics, 2018, 69: 456–470.
  16. "Financial viability of biofuel and biochar production from forest biomass in the face of market price volatility and uncertainty," with Robert M. Campbell, Nathaniel M. Anderson, Daren E. Daugaard, Applied Energy, 2018, 2018, 230: 330-343.
  17. "Influence of Policy, Air Quality, and Local Attitudes toward Renewable Energy on the Adoption of Woody Biomass Heating Systems," with Jesse D. Young and Nathaniel M. Anderson, 2018, 11(11), 2873.
  18. "How much are US households prepared to pay to manage and protect whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.)?" with Kendall A. Houghton, Eric D. Raile, Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Michael P. Wallner, Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, 2018, cpy030.


The University of Montana Institute on Ecosystems “Women's Early-mid Career Award,” Summer 2013.

The Paul Lauren Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award, 2013.

European Community's Sixth Framework Programme, Marie Curie Actions - Human Resources and Mobility, travel grant to attend the European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics “Trade, Property Rights and Biodiversity,” Venice, Italy, July 2007.

NSF travel grant to attend the Second Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, Lindau, Germany, August 2006.

Best Ph.D. Field Research Paper, University of Oregon, 2005.

Kleinsorge Summer Research Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2004.

Specialized Skills

Extensive experience coding in Stata

Experience working in SAS, Mathematica, MatLab, ArcGIS, R, MS Access

Home Department

Department of Economics 

Area of Expertise

Applied Econometrics, Environmental Economics, International Economics

Systems Ecology Title

Associate Professor, Environmental Economics

Teaching Experience

(Master's) Empirical Research Design (ECNS 569)

(Master’s) Advanced Econometrics (ECNS 560)

Introduction to Econometrics (ECNS 403)

Master’s Microeconomic Theory II (at Oregon State University)

Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus (ECNS 301)

Introduction to Microeconomics (in class and online, ECNS 201)

Environmental Economics (ECNS 433)

Economic Way of Thinking (ECNS 101)

Professional Experience

2018-current, Professor, University of Montana

2013-2018, Associate Professor, University of Montana

2008-2013, Assistant Professor, University of Montana

2007-2008, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

2002-2007, Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon

2000-2002, Economist, Integrated Utilities Group