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Nikolaos Zirogiannis, PhD Candidate

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I joined the PhD program of the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in August of 2010. I will defend my dissertation in May 2013. My research interests are in applied econometrics, time series as well as natural resource and environmental economics. I have taught undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and environmental economics.




Statement of research interests and goals.

Job market paper

Zirogiannis, N.  and Tripodis, Y. (2012). A Generalized Dynamic Factor Model for Panel Data: Estimation with a Two-Cycle Conditional Expectation-Maximization Algorithm. Link

Conference Proceedings

Kobayashi, M., Zirogiannis, N., Rollins, K. and Evans, M.D.R. (2010). Estimating Private Incentives for Wildfire Risk Mitigation: Determinants of Demands for Different Fire-Safe Actions. Selected Paper 11730, Presented at the AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. July 25-July 27, 2010.

Non-refereed journal articles

Zirogiannis, N., Moffitt, L.J., Danilenko, A., Rop, R. and Otiego, L. (2012). How Healthy is Your Utility? Consolidating Performance and Vulnerability to Access Utility Maturity. Water Utility Management International, 7(2): 19-23

Moffitt, L.J., Zirogiannis, N., Danilenko, A. (2012) Developing a Robust Water Utility Vulnerability Index. Water Asset Management International, 8 (1): 6-11

Zirogiannis, N.  (2008). Cotton Subsidies and Non-Sustainable Production in West and Central Africa. The International Journal of Rural Development, 42(5): 33-35

MSc theses

Zirogiannis, N. (2008) Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation: The Case of Southern Greece, MS thesis submitted to the Department of Resource Economics of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Zirogiannis, N. (2006) Government Support in Cotton Production: Implications for Sustainable Development, MS thesis submitted to the School of Geosciences of the University of Edinburgh


N. Zirogiannis, Y. Tripodis, L.J. Moffitt and A. Danilenko (2012). Estimating and Forecasting an Unobserved Index: A State Space Model with a Factor Analytic Component. Presented at the 32nd Annual International Symposium on Forecasting June 24-27 2012, Boston, MA and the 1st Canadian Workshop in Environmental Economics and Policy May 10-11 2012, Ottawa, Canada.

N. Zirogiannis, L. J. Moffitt, A. Danilenko, R. Rop and L. Otiego (2011). Consolidated Score of Utilities Performance and Water Utilities Vulnerability: APGAR and WUVI. Presented at the International Conference on Benchmarking November 3rd-4th 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

N. Zirogiannis, Y. Tripodis, L.J. Moffitt and A. Danilenko (2011). Extending Dynamic Factor Analysis to Panel data: An application on benchmarking index for water utilities. Presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association, July 30th – August 4th, Miami Beach, Florida


Statement of teaching philosophy


  • Resec 262: Environmental Economics, UMass Amherst, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
  • Math Camp for the incoming graduate class of the Resource Economics department of UMass Amherst, August 2011 and August 2012
  • Resec 212: Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences, UMass Amherst, Spring 2011
  • Resec 102: Introductory Microeconomics, UMass Amherst, Fall 2007 and Fall 2010

Teaching assistant

  • APST 270: Introductory Statistics, UNR, Spring 2010
  • Resec 211: Introductory Statistics for Life Sciences, UMass Amherst, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007
  • Sustainability, Society and Environment, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2006


Best Graduate student award

Awarded by the Department of Resource Economics of the University of Nevada Reno in May 2010.

The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award

In October 2007 I received the Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award by the Department of Resource Economics of Umass Amherst. You can read more about the history of the award on the following link. You can also view a slideshow of the award ceremony. 

Carolyn Harper Fellowship

In October 2007 I received the Carolyn Harper Fellowship by the Department of Resource Economics of Umass Amherst. You can read more about the Carolyn Harper Fund and Fellowship at this link. You can also view a slide-show of the award ceremony.

William Dickinson Traveling Fund

Awarded by the University of Edinburgh, in May 2007, in support of thesis work.


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