Pubs & Profs

The Worth of Water
Water is a vital input to the western agricultural economy.  We know it is an extraordinarily valuable and scarce resource, but that doesn't always mean that it is easy to know what it is worth.  In fact, since water isn't traditionally bought or sold in markets, assigning an economic value to it can be a genuine challenge.  Come learn about what makes water different from other resources and how economists try to value one of the world's most important assets. 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

6 p.m. (check-in)
6:30 p.m. (dinner and presentation)

Lucky Labrador Quimby location
1945 NW Quimby St
Portland, OR 97209 (map

Pubs & Profs

All alumni, parents, students and friends of Linfield College are invited to attend Pubs & Profs events. Every few months, we will invite a Linfield professor to publicly present a culturally or socially relevant topic for our community. These events will typically be held at restaurants, pubs, breweries and wine bars in the Pacific Northwest. 

Event Registration

This event is $15 per person and includes dinner as well as one drink ticket to be used on beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. Register online, or for more information, email

Eric Schuck bio

PhD, Washington State University
MA, University of Montana
BA, Pacific Lutheran University

Professor Schuck joined the Linfield faculty in 2006. Linfield College Professor Eric Schuck is available to provide insight about environmental, agricultural and national resource economics in the West.

Schuck teaches economics and coordinates the Environmental Studies Program at Linfield College in Oregon. He is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, in the Middle East and Africa, to teach or develop curriculum about water resource management, and he has published opinion columns on economics and agriculture in The Oregonian and Denver Post.

Schuck’s research and publications focus on water use during droughts, controlling agricultural runoff and irrigation technology. He has also focused on the economics of surface water pricing and wells, and consumer spending and behavior at a regional farmers’ market.