Shaun Tanger

Assistant Professor

246 Martin D. Woodin Hall



College of Agriculture

Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness


  • Forestry Economics
  • Forestry Policy
  • Forestry Finance




Ph.D. Forestry, Emphasis Areas: Economics and Policy. Auburn University, 2009

M.S. Economics. Auburn University, 2006

M.S. Forestry. Auburn University, 2006

B.S. Wildlife Biology. Auburn University, 2004


Director of Renewable Resources Extension Act Extension Program, 2015-current.

Assistant Professor,  Louisiana State University, 2013-current.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Forest Policy Center,  2010-2012.

Instructor of Economics, Auburn University, 2009-2013.

Research Interests

Primarily, I’m focused on how economic agents respond to biological and natural risks. What are the economic impacts associated with those risks and how do economic agents respond to them. Relatedly, how do economic decisions/conditions influence those resources?

Another area I am interested in is how environmental legislation gets made. Specifically, if and how science is used in determining the composition of legislative production and environmental policy in both the formulation stage and execution of that legislation or policy.

I’m also interested in more traditional lines of enquiry in the forestry literature: Stumpage price modeling, forest management and economic sensitivity analysis, forest financial performance, and forest policy analysis using public choice theory.

My extension focus is in designing decision tools for landowners, economics and personal forest management, reaching underserved forest groups- absentee landowners, supply chain issues facing forest products, and the aging workforce in forestry.


Tanger, S.M., D. Zhang, and J.E. Henderson. 2016. Determinants of Forestry-Related Campaign Contributions to the House of Representatives. International Society of Forest Resource Economists. Published Abstract

Joshi, O., J.E. Henderson, S.M. Tanger, L. Boby, M. Pelki, and E. Taylor. 2016. A survey on contribution analysis of forestry and forest-related industries in the US South,” Journal of Forestry. Resubmitted.  

Henderson, J.E., O. Joshi, S.M. Tanger, L. Boby, and M. Pelki. 2016. “Standard Procedures and Methods for economic impact and contribution analysis in the forest products sector,” Journal of Forestry. Resubmitted.

R. Parajuli, S.M. Tanger, O. Joshi and J.E. Henderson. 2016. “Estimating Regional Softwood Stumpage Prices in the Southern United States,” Forests 2016, 7(7), 148

Tanger, S.M., F.H. Masum, M. A. Blazier and A.G. Holley. 2016. “Factors that Influence Sales of Forestry-Related Specialty License Plates in Southern United States,” Forests 2016, 7(7), 145

Tanger, S.M. and J.E. Henderson. 2016. What markets look better for small woodland owners in the southeastern U.S.?” National Woodland Owners Association Magazine. Volume 39, Number 1 pp.14-16. Trade Magazine.

Blazier, M.A., Holley, A.G., Tanger, S.M., Clason, T.R., and Taylor, E.L. 2015. Rotation-length effects of diverse levels of competition control and pre-commercial thinning on stand development and financial performance of loblolly pine in central Louisiana. Proceedings of the Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference. Published Proceedings.

Tanger, S.M., K.D. Guidry, and H. Niu. 2015. “Monetary Estimates of Feral Hog Damage to Agricultural Producers in Louisiana,” Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 8(2).

Tanger, S.M., D.N. Laband, P. Zeng, and W. Morse. 2011. “Macroeconomic conditions: Do they affect environmental policy?” Ecological Economics 70 (6): 1109-1120.

Tanger, S.M., D.N. Laband, and P. Zeng. 2011. “Party Polarization: Congressional Divergence on Environmental Policy from 1970-2008,” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 3 (2): 183-202.

Tanger, S.M. 2010. “The Impact of State Urban-Rural Composition on Environmental Policy,” Emerging Issues Along Urban-Rural Interfaces, 3: 38-44. Published Proceedings.

Tanger, S.M. and D.N. Laband. 2009. “An Empirical Analysis of Bill Cosponsorship in the U.S. Senate: The Tree Act of 2007,” Forest Policy and Economics 11(4): 260-265.

Tanger, S. M. and D.N. Laband. 2008. “Attitudes About Children Learning to Hunt: Implications for Game Management,” Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 13(4): 298.


Project/Proposal Title: Timber Product Outputs Survey Collection and Wood Utilization Studies. USDA Forest Service Cooperative Agreement. 2016-2017. Principal Investigator. $136,202

Project/Proposal Title: Trends in Louisiana’s Logging Industry. Co-PI. Source of Support: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Award Amount: $25,000. Period Covered: 2016.

Project/Proposal Title: Impact of Feral Hog damage to Louisiana Farmers. Principle Investigator. Source of Support: LSU AgCenter. Award Amount: $70,000.  Period Covered: 2014.

Project/Proposal Title: Alabama Forests Forever Foundation. Co-PI. Source of Support: Alabama Forests Forever. Award Amount: $10,000 Period Covered: 2011-2012.


Recipient of the Award for Excellence for Exceptional Programming, Southern Regional Extension Forestry. 2015

Recipient of the Spark Plug Award, Louisiana Society of American Foresters. 2015

Co-recipient of the Denver T. and Ferne Loupe Extension Team Award, Louisiana State University AgCenter. 2014

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Louisiana State University.2013