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Kevin Boyle honored with Alumni Award for Research Excellence

Kevin Boyle portrait.

Kevin J. Boyle, professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been awarded the Virginia Tech 2021 Alumni Award for Research Excellence in the “social sciences, humanities, or arts” category.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research is presented annually to as many as two Virginia Tech faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the area of research. Honorees are nominated by alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Recipients are awarded a $2,000 cash prize.  

Boyle’s research extends nationally and internationally throughout the U.S., Canada, Chile, Australia, Bangladesh and India and encompasses over $12 million in grants. His research projects include improving methods to measure non-market values using stated-preference methods, revealed-preference methods, and benefit transfers. Applications of his research include surface and groundwater, land use, forest resources, climate change, marine resources, and human health.

Also, the founding director of Virginia Tech’s Program in Real Estate in the Pamplin College of Business and a well-respected educator and proponent of academic programs supporting the real estate industry, Boyle led the development and launch of the program. His leadership led to the most integrated interdisciplinary academic program in real estate that is ranked No.3 nationally by Great Business Schools.  

Boyle is a leading innovator in the development and application of methods that estimate monetary values for goods and services not traded in markets. His research refined theoretical foundations for modeling peoples’ choices to estimate values. He is a pioneer in the use of spatial data used to estimate hedonic property-value models and is credited with vastly improving decision making by numerous federal agencies.

Boyle, who joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2005, has published  over 120 journal articles with an h-index of 52 and almost 13,000 citations. He is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  

Boyle received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.