Therese Grijalva

Therese Grijalva is a Professor of Economics in the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics. In 1993, Therese earned an MBA from Cleveland State University, and then worked in Chicago as a consultant for the HayGroup before returning to graduate school. In 2000, Therese earned her Ph.D. in environmental economics from the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses is in the area of environmental economics, using survey and experimental methods to uncover the values and preferences individuals have for environmental goods and services, and access to outdoor recreation on public lands. Some of her recent research explores individual preferences for the safe minimum standard (SMS), which is an approach for preserving a renewable resource (versus developing), unless the social costs of doing so are somehow intolerable. Most recently, she has been exploring how individual attitudes about climate change influence discount rates that are employed in analyzing climate change mitigation strategies. High discount rates, or even market rates of discount, would not justify mitigation investments borne today to avoid large damages predicted to occur in the distant future. Grijalva contributes to this strand of literature by using laboratory experiments to estimate how climate change attitudes influence long-term discount rates. Her research shows that individuals tend to have relatively low rates of discount. Therese has been an Eccles Fellow since 2006 in the Goddard School, and she received the 2013 Hinckley Fellow award from Weber State University.