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Jon P. Nelson

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Joined the faculty in 1969

Ph.D., 1970,

University of Wisconsin - Madison

642 Glenn Road
State College, PA 16803


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest:

  • Applied Micro Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization, Antitrust Law, and Regulation

Recent Publications:  Books

Industrial Organization - (Penn State University, World Campus, February 2003), 254pp.  HA2326.N415 2003.

Advances in Applied Microeconomics, Volume 10: Advertising and Differentiated Products, edited by M.R. Baye and J.P. Nelson (JAI Press, 2001), 295pp. HF5814.A338 2001.

Economic Analysis of Transportation Noise Abatement (Ballinger, 1978), 265pp. TD893.6.T7N44 1978.

Recent Publications:  Articles

"Meta-Analysis of Alcohol Price and Income Elasticities - with Corrections for Publication Bias," Health Economics Review 3:17. doi:10.1186/2191-1991-3-17. Open Access at:

"Gender Differences in Alcohol Demand: A Systematic Review of the Role of Prices and Taxes," Health Economics, forthcoming, doiI:10.1002/hec2974.

"Robust Demand Elasticities for Wine and Distilled Spirits: Meta-Analysis with Corrections for Outliers and Publication Bias," Journal of Wine Economics, forthcoming.

"Does Heavy Drinking by Adults Respond to Higher Alcohol Prices and Taxes? A Survey and Assessment," Economic Analysis and Policy, forthcoming. Early view at

"Meta-Analysis: Statistical Methods," in Benefit Transfer of Environmental and Resource Values, Springer. (forthcoming, 2013).

"Not So Fast! Evidence-Informed Alcohol Policy Requires a Balanced Review of Advertising Studies," in Advertising and Society: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell ( 2013), pp.87-95.

"Cigarette Labeling Act," and "National Minimum Drinking Age Act," in Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection. ABC-CLIO (forthcoming, 2013).

"Alcohol Marketing, Adolescent Drinking, and Publication Bias in Longitudinal Studies: A Critical Survey using Meta-Analysis," Journal of Economic Surveys, 25(2), April 2011, 191-232.

"What is Learned from Longitudinal Studies of Advertising and Youth Drinking and Smoking? A Critical Assessment," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(3), March 2010, 870-926. Open Access:

"Measurement Problems in Assessing Adolescent Exposure to Alcohol Advertising in Magazines," Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(4), April 2010, 403-04.

"Alcohol Advertising Bans, Consumption, and Control Policies in Seventeen OECD Countries, 1975-2000," Applied Economics, 42(7), March 2010, 803-823.

"Alcohol, Unemployment Rates, and Advertising Bans: International Panel Evidence, 1975 - 2000," Journal of Public Affairs, 10(1-2), February 2010, 75-87.

"Valuing Rural Recreation Amenities: Hedonic Prices for Vacation Rental Houses at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 39(3), October 2010, 485-504. Available at AgEcon Search.

"The Use (and Abuse) of Meta-Analysis in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Assessment" (with P. Kennedy), Environmental & Resource Economics, 42(3), March 2009, pp. 345-77.

"Hedonic Property Value Studies of Transportation Noise," in Hedonic Methods in Housing Market Economics, A. Baranzini, et al. (eds.) Springer, 2008, pp. 57-82.

"Effects of Youth, Price, and Audience Size on Alcohol Advertising in Magazines" (with D. Young), Health Economics, 17(4), April 2008, pp. 551-56.

"How Similar are Youth and Adult Alcohol Behaviors? Panel Evidence," Atlantic Economic Journal, 36(1), March 2008, pp. 89-104.

"Reply to Michael Siegel, David Jernigan, et al: Alcohol Advertising in Magazines and Disproportionate Exposure," Contemporary Economic Policy, 26(3), July 2008, pp. 493-504.

"Alcohol Advertising in Magazines: Do Beer, Wine, and Spirits Ads Target Youth?" Contemporary Economic Policy, 24(3), July 2006, pp. 357-69.

"Distilled Spirits: Spirited Competition or Regulated Monopoly?" Chapter 5 in Industry and Firm Studies, V. Tremblay & C. Tremblay (eds.), M.E. Sharpe, 2007, pp. 119-157.

"Cigarette Advertising Regulation: A Meta-Analysis," International Review of Law and Economics, 26(2), June 2006, pp. 195-226.

"Advertising, Alcohol, and Youth," Regulation, 28(2), Summer 2005, pp. 40-47.

"Beer Advertising and Marketing Update: Structure, Conduct, and Social Costs," Review of Industrial Organization, 26(3), May 2005, pp. 269-306. 

"Advertising Bans in the United States," EH.Net Encyclopedia, edited by R. Whaples, May 2004, pp.1-29.

"Meta-Analysis of Airport Noise and Hedonic Property Values: Problems and Prospects," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 38(1), January 2004, pp. 1-27. Available on JSTOR.

Research in Progress: