Faculty & Staff

David G. Terkla, PhD

Professor of Economics and Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts


photo of David Terkla

Areas of Expertise

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Public Finance, Regional Economic Development


PhD, Economics, University of California-Berkeley

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

David G. Terkla is a professor in the Economics Department and the School of the Environment and is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to his many writings on the New England fishing industry, he has written a book and several articles on the importance of nontraditional cost factors to local economic development. He has also written on the importance of industry clusters and the location decisions of new Japanese plants in the United States. Professor Terkla has been involved in several projects related to environmental management and local and regional economic development issues, including valuation of uses of resources in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bay, analysis of protection policies for water dependent uses on urban waterfronts, analysis of potential conflicts between tourism and fishing industries in Gloucester, MA, analysis of transportation planning and development in Massachusetts, and studies of the manufacturing industry in Boston, and the environmental, marine science and technology, and film industries in Massachusetts.

Professor Terkla currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and the Boston Harbor Dredging Taskforce. He was awarded the President’s Public Service Award in 2009 by the University of Massachusetts.