Ohio State hires Amy Ando to lead applied economics department

Environmental economist Amy Ando is set to join Ohio State University as chair of its agricultural, environmental and development economics department.

She will take up the appointment in July and move from her current position as professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Ando’s research focuses on helping conservation agencies and groups maximize the benefits people receive from investments to protect nature. She studies the benefits gained from the environment and how those benefits are distributed among different groups of people.

Before working at UIUC, she was a fellow at nonprofit Resources for the Future, where she is currently a university fellow. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In her new role, Ando will work alongside Ohio State University faculty member Elena Irwin, who earlier this monthwas named a 2023 fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Ando announced details of her new appointment on Twitter.