Ashley Kerna Bickel

Economic Impact Analyst

Initial Placement:

Sonoran Institute, Tucson, AZ

Ashley Kerna Bickel is an Economic Impact Analyst for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her work focuses on collaborating with Extension faculty and industry representatives across the state of Arizona to conduct economic impact and contribution studies. Her area of expertise includes working with the IMPLAN input-output modeling software as well as the statistical programs, SAS and STATA. 

An alumna of the department, Ashley’s graduate student thesis was titled “Water for Ecosystems: Contingent Valuation in Colorado River Delta and Analysis of Western U.S. Water Market Activity.” 

Thesis Title: Water for Ecosystems: Contingent Valuation in Colorado River Delta and Analysis of Western U.S. Water Market Activity
Advisor: Bonnie Colby


  • M.S., Agricultural & Resource Economics, The University of Arizona
  • B.S., Environmental & Resource Economics, University of Nevada, Reno

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed

Frisvold, G. B., Bickel, A.K., & Duval, D.F. 2018. Farm to school programs’ local foods activity in Southern Arizona: Local foods toolkit applications and lessonsJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 8 (3): 20.

Kerna, A., Colby, B. & Zamora, F. 2017. Cultural and Recreational Values for Environmental Flows in the Colorado River Delta. Water Economics and Policy 3 (2).

Kerna, A., Frisvold, G., Jacobs, L., Farrell, V.A., Houtkooper, L. & Misner, S. 2015. Application of IMPLAN to Extension Programs: Economic Impacts of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension SNAP-Ed Spending. Journal of Extension 53 (6).

Bickel, A.K., Duval, D.F., & Frisvold, G.B. 2018. Contribution of On-Farm Agriculture and Agribusiness to the Pinal County Economy. AREC website.


Frisvold, G.B., Duval, D.F., & Bickel, A.K. 2017. Arizona's Agribusiness System: Contributions to the State Economy. University of Arizona Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics.

Albrecht, D., Bentley, M., Coupal, R., Curtis, W., Kerna, A., Landis, M., Suhr Pierce, J., Williams, D. 2016. Building a Vibrant and Resilient 21st Century Economy. Western Policy Brief (3), Western Rural Development Center.