Associate Professor of Economics
Provost's Fellow for Sustainability
Ph.D. (Economics) Iowa State University; B.A. (Economics) University of Northern Iowa
Environmental Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Introduction to Decision Techniques
Alicia Rosburg researches in the areas of energy economics, agricultural economics, and intergenerational mobility. The primary focus of her research has been on the economics of second generation biofuels.
Economics Club faculty advisor
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board member
UNI Sustainability and Environmental Faculty Advisory Board member
Alicia Rosburg returned to the Department of Economics, from which she received her undergraduate degree, as a faculty member in 2012. Alicia has published eight articles related to energy economics, intergenerational mobility, and housing markets. These publications have appeared in a variety of academic journals including Journal of Applied Econometrics, Energy Economics, Economic Inquiry, BioEnergy Research, and Journal of Housing Research. She also developed the Biofuel Breakeven (BIOBREAK) model used for research projects by the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.
In 2013, she was selected for a Pre-tenure Summer Fellowship and was named a distinguished member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for contributions to the classroom, the campus, and the community.
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