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College of Business


Linda Thunström

Linda Thunström

Associate Professor


BU 266 W | Office Hours

307-766-2319 |


Curriculum Vitae



My research interests are at the intersection of behavioral economics, experimental economics, public economics and health economics. For instance, I study the value of consumer information—when and why do people value information. Another strand of my research evaluates the effect of different policies designed to encourage healthy consumer choices. I am also interested in how consumer preferences are shaped by religion and religious beliefs. Finally, in response to current events, I have recently also examined consumer behavior and the efficiency of policies in response to pandemics.


Selected Publications

Thunstrom, L., Ashworth, M., Finnoff, D., & Newbold, S. (2020). Hesitancy Towards a COVID-19 Vaccine and Prospects for Herd Immunity. Covid Economics, 35. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3593098

Newbold, S. C., Finnoff, D., Thunström, L., Ashworth, M., & Shogren, J. F. (2020). Effects of Physical Distancing to Control COVID-19 on Public Health, the Economy, and the Environment. Environmental and Resource Economics, 76(4), 705-729. doi:10.1007/s10640-020-00440-1

Thunström, L., Ashworth, M., Shogren, J. F., Newbold, S., & Finnoff, D. (2020). Testing for COVID-19: Willful ignorance or selfless behavior?. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-26. doi:10.1017/bpp.2020.15

Thunström, L., Newbold, S. C., Finnoff, D., Ashworth, M., & Shogren, J. F. (2020). The benefits and costs of using social distancing to flatten the curve for COVID-19. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1-27. doi:10.1017/bca.2020.12

Nordström, J., Shogren, J. F., & Thunström, L. (2020). Do parents counter-balance the carbon emissions of their children?. PloS one, 15(4), e0231105. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0231105

Thunström, L. (2020). Thoughts and prayers–Do they crowd out charity donations?. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 1-28. doi:10.1007/s11166-020-09322-9

Nordström, J., Thunström, L., van’t Veld, K., Shogren, J. F., & Ehmke, M. (2020). Strategic ignorance of health risk: Its causes and policy consequences. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-32. doi:10.1017/bpp.2019.52



  • PhD, Umeå University, Sweden
  • MS, Umeå University, Sweden
  • BS, Umeå University, Sweden



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