Kuusela, Olli-Pekka

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Assistant Professor
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

344 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-0454
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2013
M.A., Virginia Tech, 2010
B.S., University of Helsinki, 2008
Research Areas: 
  • Forest Policy Analysis and Economics
Research Interests: 
  • Environmental Economics
  • Forest Economics
  • Natural Resources
Forest economics, environmental and natural resource economics, policy design, sustainable development


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Courses Taught: 
  • FOR330
    Forest Resource Economics
  • FOR431/531
    Economics and Policy of Forest Wildland Fire
    Offered on-campus and Ecampus.
  • FOR534
    Economics of the Forest Resource
  • FOR505
    Economics and Policy of Forest Carbon Offsets
  • FOR605
    Advanced Readings in Forest and Development Economics
Selected Publications: 
  1. Bruck, S. and O.-P. Kuusela. “How Health and Market Access Associate with Agroforestry Decisions: Evidence form Tabora, Tanzania.” Accepted. To appear in Agroforestry Systems.
  2. Rossi, D, Zhai, J., and O.-P. Kuusela. “Measuring the Value of Softwood Log Exports: Evidence from Oregon.” Accepted. To appear in Journal of Forestry.
  3. Kuusela, O.-P. and J. Lintunen. 2020. "Modeling Market-Level Effects of Disturbance Risks in Age Structured Forests." Forest Policy and Economics 118.
  4. Zhai, J. and O.-P. Kuusela. 2020. “Estimating price dynamics in the aftermath of forest disturbances: The Biscuit Fire in southwest Oregon.” Forest Science 66: 556-567.
  5. Rossi, D. and O.-P. Kuusela. 2020. "The influence of risk attitudes on suppression spending and on wildland fire program budgeting." Forest Policy and Economics 113.
  6. Kuusela, O.-P. and T. Laiho. 2020. "The role of research in common pool problems." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 100.
  7. Kuusela, O.-P. and J. Lintunen. 2020. “A cap-and-trade commitment policy with allowance banking.” Environmental and Resource Economics 75:421–455.
  8. Kuusela, O.-P. and J. Lintunen. 2019. “Financial valuation and the optimal rotation of a fully regulated forest.” Canadian Journal of Forest Research 49(7):819–825.
  9. Lintunen, J., and O.-P. Kuusela. 2018. "Business cycles and emission trading with banking." European Economic Review 101:397–417.