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Jason Hansen, Ph.D.

Sr. Research Economist, Modeling and Simulation

Research Areas:
Bioenergy Analysis; Bioenergy Technologies; Nuclear fuel cycle; Energy

Biography:
As a resource economist, Dr. Hansen specializes in applying economic theory, using modeling and simulation in a systems analysis framework, to evaluate the future consequences of decision-making in energy, water, and land management. His current research interests involve the economics of energy transitions, incorporating decision making under uncertainty, systems analysis and engineering economics. He applies these themes in his ongoing projects where he conducts analyses of costs and prices, models uncertainty, and measures financial risks in the areas of the nuclear fuel cycle, in supply chains for bioenergy, and in renewable energy from agriculture. Before joining INL Hansen focused on water scarcity, where he conducted cost-benefit analysis, optimization studies, and price analysis, and on land management where he analyzed social and coordinated behavior in the treatment of invasive species. He also published in public economics where he has developed a method for better ways to account for risk in cost-benefit studies, and analyzed best practices for mitigating corruption in public organizations. While employed at the Naval Postgraduate School, Hansen taught graduate level courses for several years where he instructed military officers and Department of Defense civilians on methodologies for efficient and effective resource management in public organizations. Further, Hansen led teaching teams to Central America where his team delivered courses in resources management. Today he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Idaho State University, teaching night classes on principles of economics.

Education:

​Ph.D., Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - University of New Mexico

M.A., Economic Theory - University of New Mexico

B.A., Economics - Idaho State University

Publications:

Peer Reviewed

Lauer, M., Hansen, J., Lamers, P, & Thran, D. (2018). Making money from waste: the economic viability of producing biogas and biomethane in the Idaho dairy industry. Applied Energy, 222, 621-636, DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.04.026.


Lamers, P., Nguyen, R., Hartley, D., Hansen, J.K., & Searcy, E. (2018). Biomass market dynamics supporting the large-scale deployment of high-octane fuel production in the United States. GCB Bioenergy, 10, 460-472, DOI 10.1111/gcbb.12509.


Dixon, B., Hansen, J., Ganda, F., & Williams, K.  (2018). Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis – FY 2017 Edition. Prepared for US Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Options Campaign, FCRD-FCO-2017-000265. Available at: https://fuelcycleoptions.inl.gov/SitePages/CostBasisReport.aspx

 
Vazhnik, V., Hansen, J., & Richard, T. (2017). Multiattribute optimization to improve economic, environmental, and social conditions: farm landscape planning in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Conference paper at ASABE International Meeting, Spokane WA.


Hansen, J.K., & McNab, R.M. (2017). A dynamic approach to managing corruption: Exploring the optimal path of oversight. Public Finance and Management, 17 (1), 1-25.


Dixon, B. Ganda, F. & Hansen, J. (2016). Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis – FY 2016 Update. Prepared for US Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Options Campaign, FCRD-FCO-2016-000112.

 

Dixon, B. Hansen, J., Hays, R., & Hiruta, H. (2016). Transition economics assessment – FY 2016 Update. Prepared for US Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Options Campaign, FCRD-FCO-2016-000499.

 

Ganda, F., Kim, T.K., Taiwo, T.A., Hansen, J., Dixon, B., Wigeland, R. (2016). Historical capital cost of reprocessing plants. Proceedings from 2016 Information Exhange Meeting on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation. San Diego: CA Nuclear Energy Agency.

 

Ganda, F., Hansen, J., Kim, T.K., Taiwo, T.A., & Wigeland, R. (2016). Reactor capital costs breakdown and statistical analysis of historical U.S. construction costs. Proceedings from 2016 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants. La Grange Park, IL: American Nuclear Society.


Lamers, P., Roni, M.S., Tumuluru, J.S., Jacobson, J.J., Cafferty, K.G., Hansen, J.K., Kenney, K., Teymouri, F., Bals, B. (2015). Techno-economic analysis of decentralized biomass processing depots. Bioresource Technology, 194, 205 – 213.

 

Hansen, J., Jacobson, J., Roni, M. (2015). Quantifying Supply Risk at a Cellulosic Biorefinery. In K. Chichakly, & K. Saeed (Eds.), Proceedings from the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. Albany, New York: System Dynamics Society.

 

Hansen, J. & Lipow, J. (2015). Time Discounting in Military Cost-Benefit Analysis. In Melese, F., Richter, A., & Solomon, B. (Eds.), Military Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice. In Press. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

 

Hansen, J. & Lipow, J. (2013). Accounting for systematic risk in benefit-cost analysis: a practical approach. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, (4)3, 361 – 373.

 

Hansen, J. (2013). Estimating stakeholder benefits of community water system regionalization. Journal American Water Works Association, 105(10), E561 – E567.

 

Hansen, J. (2012). The economics of optimal urban groundwater management in southwestern USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 20 (5), 865 – 877.

 

Hansen, J. (2009). Estimating impacts of water scarcity pricing. In A. Ford, D. Ford, & E. Anderson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. Albany, New York: System Dynamics Society.

 

Grimsrud, K., Chermak, J., Hansen, J., Thacher, J., & Krause, K. (2008). A two-agent dynamic model with an invasive weed diffusion externality: an application to yellow starthistle (centaurea solstitialis L.) in New Mexico. Journal of Environmental Management, 89 (4), 322 – 335.


Technical Reports

Yadav, V., Hansen, J. K., St Germain, S. W., & Christian, R. (2018). Risk and Cost Analysis of Utilizing FLEX Equipment for O&M Cost Reduction in Nuclear Power Plants (INL/EXT-18-51531).


Hansen, J. & Nair, S. (2017). Quantifying feedstock supply chain cost risk applying stochastic techno-economic model, Prepared for US DOE Bioenergy Technology Office, Idaho National Laboratory, ID USA.


Hansen, J., Roni, M., & Hartley, D. (2017). Data needs for Site Specific Techno-Economic Analysis: Application to Landscape Design. Prepared for US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID USA.


Dixon, B., Hansen, J., & Dawson, K. (2017). U.S. Nuclear Power Reverse Learning Assessment – Phase 1 Literature Review. Report prepared for US DOE Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID USA.


Lamers, P. Hansen, J., Jacobson, J., Nguyen, R., Nair, S., Searcy, E., Hess, J.R. (2016). ASSERT FY16 Analysis of Feedstock Companion Markets. Technical Report, INL/EXT-16-40083, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, USA.

 

Hansen, J.K., Nair, S.K., Hartley, D.S., & Zhao, X. (2016). Quantifying risk in feedstock logistics cost from uncertainty in preprocessing. Milestone completion report, INL WBS# 4.1.2.20, FY16Q4, Idaho Falls, ID.

 

Ganda, F., Kim, T.K., Taiwo, T.A., Hansen, J., Wigeland, R. (2015). Economic Evaluation of Promising Options. Prepared for US Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Options Campaign, FCRD-FCO-2015-000013.

 

Hofffman, E., Dixon, B., Ganda, F., & Hansen, J. (2015). Economics of fuel cycle deployment – approach & methodology. Prepared for US Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Options Campaign, FCRD-FCO-2015-00014.

 

Jacobson, J., Hess, J.R., Searcy, E.M., Hansen, J.K., Kenney, K., Goss Eng, A., Tagore, S., Elles, M., Thomas, S., & Webb, E. (2015). Advanced Feedstock Supply System Validation Workshop Summary Report.

 

Thacher, J., Marsee, M., Pitts, H., Hansen, J., Chermak, J., & Thomson, B. (2011). Assessing customer preferences and willingness to pay: a handbook for water utilities. Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation.

 

McNab, R., Hansen, J., & Melese, F. (2010). A dynamic approach to managing corruption: exploring the optimal path of audits and oversight. Corruption Effects in Irregular Warfare (IW) Analysis. TRADOC Analysis Center Technical Report. Monterey: TRAC-MRY, 71-87.

 

Tidwell, V.C., Malczynski, L.A., Passell, H.D., Peplinski, W.J., Reno, M.D., Chermak, J., Brook- shire, D., Thacher, J., Grimsrud, K., Broadbent, C., Hansen, J., Roach, J.F., Vivoni, E., Aragon, C., Hallett, H., Cockerill, K., & Coursey, D. (2006). Integrated system dynamics toolbox for water resource planning. Albuquerque, NM: Sandia National Laboratories.

 

Chermak, J., Talberth, J., & Hansen, J. (2007). Fort Huachuca and the San Pedro river: improving water deficit liability calculations through economic modeling. Santa Fe, NM: Center for Sustainable Economy.

 

Chermak, J.M., & Hansen, J.K. (2006). New Mexico water rates, expenditures, and affordability. Santa Fe, NM: New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.

Presentations:

Presentations (*invited, **submitted, competitive)


Hansen, J., (2018). Making money from waste: The economic viability of producing biogas and biomethane in the Idaho dairy industry. Presented at Brew with the Crew, Stockman’s Restaurant, Idaho Falls, ID, November 15.*


Hansen, J., Hays, R., Dixon, B. & Sabharwall, P. (2018). Economic analysis of alternative transition pathways to improve economic considerations in fuel cycle transition. Presented at Fuel Cycle Options Campaign Working Group Meeting, DOE-NV Offices, Las Vegas, NV, September 17 – 18.*


Vazhnik, V., Roni, M., Griffel, M. & Hansen, J. (2018). Analysis on field efficiency, cost, and data visualization update. Presented to Integrated Landscape Design Modeling Team, special topics. Webinar, led by Antares Group on August 16.*


Hansen, J. (2018). Quantifying cost risk in the biofuel supply chain due to feedstock logistics. Presented at Department of Agricultural Economics, Utah State University, Logan UT, April 25.*


Hansen, J. (2017). Transition Economics FY17 Status and FY18 Plans. Presented at Fuel Cycle Options Campaign Working Group Meeting, DOE-NV Offices, Las Vegas, NV, October 17 – 18.*


Hansen, J., Roni, M., & Griffel, M. (2017). Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems. Presented at Working Group Meeting, Enabling Sustainable Landscape Design, Farm Bureau Building, West Des Moines, IA, September 19 – 20.*


Hansen, J. (2017). Building the cellulosic industry through risk analysis and integrated landscape management. Presentation in the Department of Economics Seminar Series, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, March 24.*


Hansen, J. (2017). Economic Analysis of Risk. Presented at 2017 Project Peer Review, Analysis & Sustainability, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Denver, CO, March 9.*


Hansen, J., Lamers, P., & Jacobson, J. (2017). Mobilizing herbaceous biomass resources: do companion markets matter? Presented at 2017 System Dynamics Winter Camp, Albuquerque, NM, January 13-14.*

 

Hansen, J.K., & Nair, S.K. (2016). Brief Overview of Feedstock Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Integrated Landscape Management. Presented at Bioenergy Supply-Chain Modeling Workshop, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, June 29 – 30.*

 

Hansen, J.K. & Nair, S.K. (2016). Exploring Integrated Landscapes for Bioenergy Feedstock Production. Presented at US Regional Association of the International Association of Landscape Ecology Annual Meeting on Landscape Change, Asheville, NC, April 3 – 6.**

 

Nair, S.K. & Hansen, J.K. (2016). Sustainability-Driven Integrated Landscape Management for Bioenergy Production Through Application of LEAF. Presented at Southeastern US Bioenergy Tour, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge and US DOE, Savannah River Site, April 11 – 14.* 

Hansen, J., Jacobson, J., Roni, M. (2015). Quantifying Supply Risk at a Cellulosic Biorefinery. Presented at The 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, MA, July 19 – 23.**

 

Hansen, J. (2014). Economic Reasoning. Presented to City Manager’s Retreat for Department Heads City of Marina, Marina, CA.*

 

Hansen, J. (2013). Herramientas Económicas. Presented to Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation course no. CMS-3, Departmental Resource Management. Ft. Benning, GA.*

 

Hansen, J., & Lipow, J. (2013). Beyond A-94: Incorporating risk premiums into time discounting in defense planning. Presented at 88th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference. Seattle, WA.**

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2013). Living within our means: balancing economic growth with water scarcity. Presented at 88th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference. Seattle, WA.**

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2013). Living within our means: balancing economic growth with water scarcity. Presented at 26th Annual Western Conference of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries. Monterey, CA.**

 

Hansen, J. (2013). Water, Weeds and War. Presented to College of Agribusiness course no. ABT-49, Sales and Service in Agribusiness, Hartnell College. Salinas, CA.*

 

Hansen, J. (2013). Game Theory and Strategic Decision Making. Presented to College of Agribusiness course no. ABT-54, Agricultural Marketing, Hartnell College. Salinas, CA.*

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2012). Living within our means: the case of population growth and economic development under scarce water resources. Presented at 87th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference. San Francisco, CA.**

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2012). Living within our means: the case of population growth and economic development under scarce water resources. Presented at University of California, Berkeley Environment and Resource Economics Seminar. Berkeley, CA.*

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2011). Living within our means: the case of population growth and economic development under scarce water resources. Presented to College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics course no. 543, Economics of Natural Resources, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.*

 

Hansen, J., & Chermak, J. (2011). Living within our means: the case of population growth and economic development under scarce water resources. Presented at American Water Resources Association Annual Water Resources Conference. Albuquerque, NM.**

 

Hansen, J., McNab, R., & Melese, F. (2011). A dynamic approach to managing corruption: exploring the optimal path of oversight. Presented at 9th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference of the Western Economic Association International. Brisbane, Australia.**

 

Hansen, J., McNab, R., & Melese, F. (2011). A dynamic approach to managing corruption: exploring the optimal path of oversight. Presented at 91st Southwestern Economics Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.**

 

Hansen, J. (2011). On the economics of optimal urban groundwater management in the desert southwest. Presented at 9th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference of the Western Economic Association International. Brisbane, Australia.**

 

Hansen, J. (2011). On the economics of optimal urban groundwater management in the desert southwest. Presented at 91st Southwestern Economics Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.**

 

Hansen, J., & Melese, F. (2010). Managing corruption: optimal investments in integrity, transparency and accountability. Presented at 85th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference. Portland, OR.**

 

Hansen, J. (2010). Water, scarcity and conflict. Presented to National Security Affairs course no. 3042, Economics of Development for Security Building, Naval Postgraduate School. Monterey, CA.*

 

Hansen, J. (2009). Estimating impacts of water scarcity pricing. Presented at The 27th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albuquerque, NM, July 26-30.**

 

Hansen, J. (2009). Water policy and consumer impacts: are groups affected differently? Distinguished Presenter at the 2nd Annual Graduate and Professional Research and Creative Expression Symposium, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.*

 

Hansen, J. (2008). The economics of community water system regionalization. Presented at Department of Economics Seminar Series, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.*

 

Hansen, J. (2008). The economics of community water system regionalization. Presented at New Visions Research Presentations, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.**

 

Hansen, J. (2008). The economics of community water system regionalization. Presented at UNM 3rd Student Water Forum, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.**

Hansen, J. (2008). The economics of community water system regionalization: assessing social impacts. Presented at Southwester Social Science Association 88th Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.**

 

Hansen, J. (2008). A comparison of the sub-prime mortgage crisis to NM water. Presented at 12th Annual Water Assembly Sub-prime Water Crisis Dane Smith Hall, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM.*

 

Hansen, J. (2007). Policy tradeoffs: development vs. water conservation. Presented at 2007 Regional Water Symposium, Sustainable Water, Unlimited Growth, Quality of Life: Can We Have It All? Tucson, AZ.**

 

Hansen, J. (2006). Why should I conserve? Presented at University of New Mexico Student Water Symposium. Albuquerque, NM.**

 

Chermak, J.M., & Hansen, J.K. (2005). Water rates and affordability. Presented to New Mexico Water and Natural Resources Legislative Committee. Albuquerque, NM.*

 

Chermak, J.M., & Hansen, J.K. (2005). Water rates and affordability. Presented to Water Infrastructure Investment Team. Santa Fe, NM.*

 

Chermak, J.M., & Hansen, J.K. (2005). Demographic analysis of local economies served by mutual domestic water systems. Presented to Water Infrastructure Investment Technical Team. Albuquerque, NM.*

Awards:

Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize, Campus-wide for academic excellence, University of New Mexico, March 2010.

 

Dissertation Pass with Distinction, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, August 2009.


Gerald Boyle Public Finance Award, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, May (2008, 2007, 2006).


J. Raymond Stuart Prize in Microeconomics, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, May 2008.


Dean’s Dissertation Scholarship, Office of the Graduate Dean, University of New Mexico, May 2008.


Nomination, Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year, April 2007.


PhD microeconomics core exam pass with distinction, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, January 2006.


WERC Graduate Fellowship, A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, New Mexico State University, March 2006.

Research Interests:

​Natural Resource Economics emphasis on energy and water,

public Economics

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