Daniel's primary field of study is the value of agricultural conservation programs, with a focus on the Conservation Reserve Program. In particular, he attempts to classify and measure the amenity and environmental value of these programs. This includes work on the amenity value of farmland protection program: work that attempts to derive a measure of why (and how much) the public values the impacts of farmland preservation on the rural landscape.
BA: Brandeis, MFS: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, PhdS: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
American Agricultural Economics Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
The Value of the Reservoir Services Gained with Soil Conservation. With Leroy Hansen. Land Economics, August 2007.
Designing a Contingent-Valuation Study to Estimate the Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program on Grassland Bird Populations, with Kevin Boyle and Mary Ahearn. In Contingent Valuation Handbook, editors Anna Alberini and James Kahn, Edward Elgar Press. 2006.
Balancing the Multiple Objectives of Conservation Programs. With Andrea Cattaneo, Cynthia Nickerson, and Christina Myers. USDA/ERS Economics Research Report #19. May 2006
USDA Land Retirement Programs: Status, History, and Trends. Chapter 5.2 in Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2006 Edition. ERS/USDA. August 2006.
Modeling Discrete Choice with Uncertain Data: An Augmented MNL Estimator. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87 (1), February 2005.
The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America. With Patrick Sullivan et al. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #834. September 2004.
Farm Recreation. With James Barry. In Outdoor Recreation for 21st Century America, edited by Ken Cordell, Venture Press, 2004.
Protecting Rural Amenities through Farmland Preservation Programs with Cynthia Nickerson, American Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol 32 No.1, April 2003
Farmland Protection: the Role of Public Preferences for Rural Amenities, with Charles Barnard, Cynthia Nickerson, et al. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #815. November 2002.
Farmland Protection Programs: What Results Does the Public Want? with Cynthia Nickerson. Agricultural Outlook, May 2002, pp 27-30.
Can We Count on Count Models, in Valuing Recreation and the Environment: Revealed Preference Methods in Theory and Practice. Edited by Cathy Kling and Joe Herriges (1999).
Economic Valuation of Environmental Benefits and the Targeting of Conservation Reserve Programs: The Case of the CRP. Peter Feather, Daniel Hellerstein and Leroy Hansen. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economics Report #778, April 1998
Correcting for Serial Correlation in Sporadic Panels. Amacher, Greg and Hellerstein, Daniel. Journal of Applied Econometrics, summer 1999.
Calibrating Benefit Function Transfer to Assess the Conservation Reserve Program Feather, Peter and Daniel Hellerstein. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Feb 1997.
The Benefits of Safer Drinking Water: The Value of Nitrate Reduction. Steve Crutchfield, Joe Cooper, and Daniel Hellerstein. USDA/ERS Agricultural Economic Report #752, June 1997.
Welfare Estimation Using Aggregate and Individual-Observations Models: A Comparison Using Monte Carlo Techniques. Hellerstein, Daniel. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, August 1995.