Donald Jones

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor



Dr. Jones has worked in academia, the national laboratory community, and in private business. Much of his work outside academia, particularly at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has involved the intersection of energy, economic development, and environmental economics. His two publications in 1989 and 1981 on energy use and urbanization in economic development appear to have been the seminal research on that topic and continue to be widely cited in research published currently. Two of his papers on land-use models have been reprinted in collections of recent classics in the field.


  • Ph.D, University of Chicago, Geography(Economic), 1974
  • A.M., University of Chicago, Geography(Economics), 1972
  • A.B., History, University of Texas at Austin, 1970

Research Interests

  • Global Climate Change
  • Land Use Modeling
  • Urbanization
  • Energy Use
  • Aegean Archaeology

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Economics, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, 2014-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Tennessee, 2000-2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Classics, University of Tennessee, 1998-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1981-1982
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Chicago, 1975-1981. Associated Faculty Member, Department of Economics, 1978-81

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Economic Association
  • American Environmental Economics Association
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • Archaeological Institute of America

Courses Taught

  • Economic Geography(UG&G)
  • Urban Economic Geography(UG &G)
  • Matrix Methods in Urban and Regional Analysis
  • Development Economics (G)
  • Intermediate Price Theory (UG)
  • Environmental Economics (UG)
  • Introductory Macroeconomics (UG)


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Von Thünen Society of America, 1990

Selected Publications

Land Use

Donald W. Jones and Robert V. O’Neill. “Land Use in the Presence of an Atmosphere Externality, with and without Corrective Taxes,” Journal of Regional Science 33, No. 4 (November 1993):  457-480.

Donald W. Jones and Robert V. O’Neill.  “Human-Environmental Influences and Interactions in Shifting Agriculture when Farmers Form Expectations Rationally,” Environment and Planning A 25, No. 1 (January 1993):  121-136.  Reprinted in Peter J. Parks and Ian W. Hardie, eds., The Economics of Land Use (Aldershot:  Hampshire, U.K., 2003).

Donald W. Jones “An Introduction to the Thünen Location and Land Use Model.”  In Avijit Ghosh & Charles A. Ingene, eds., Research in Marketing Supplement 5:  Spatial Perspectives on Marketing Activities.  Greenwich, Conn.:  JAI Press, 1991, pp 35-70.

Donald W. Jones.  “Monopsony and Plant Location in a Thünen Land Use Model,” Journal of Regional Science Vol. 28, No. 3 (August 1988): 317-27.

Donald W. Jones and John R. Krummel.  “The Location Theory of the Plantation,” Journal of Regional Science 27 (1987):  157-82.  [Reprinted in M. L. Greenhut and G. Norman, eds., The Economics of Location.  Cambridge, Mass.:  Edward Elgar, 1994.]

Donald W. Jones.  “A Land Use Model with a Constant-Utility, Spatially Variant Wage,” Geographical Analysis 16, No. 2 (April 1984):  121-33.

Donald W. Jones.  “Nonland Factor Markets in the Thünen Model,” Papers, Regional Science Association, Thirtieth North American Meetings 54 (1984):  43-57.

Donald W. Jones.  “A Neoclassical Land Use Model with Production, Consumption, and Exchange,” Geographical Analysis 15, No. 2 (April 1983):  128-41.

Donald W. Jones.  “Location and the Demand for Nontraded Goods:  A Generalization of the Theory of Site Rent,” Journal of Regional Science 20, No. 3 (August 1980):  321-33.

Economic Development

Donald W. Jones.  “Urbanization and Energy Use,” in Alberto Clô, ed., Encyclopaedia of Hydrocarbons, Vol. IV.  Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2006.

Donald W. Jones.  “Urbanization and Energy,” in Cutler Cleveland, ed.-in-chief, Encyclopedia of Energy, Volume 6.  New York:  Elsevier, 2004, pp. 329-335.

Donald W. Jones, Virginia H. Dale, John J. Beauchamp, Marcos A. Pedlowski, and Robert V. O’Neill. “Farming in Rondônia,” Resource and Energy Economics 17, No. 2 (August 1995):  155-188.

Donald W. Jones.  “Energy Use and Fuel Substitution:  Lessons Learned and Applications to Developing Countries,” in William R. Bentley and Marcia M. Gowen, eds., Forest Resources and Wood-Based Biomass Energy as Rural Development Assets.  New Delhi:  Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd, 1994, pp. 69-104.

Donald W. Jones.   “How Urbanization Affects Energy Use in Developing Countries,” Energy Policy 19 (September 1991):  621-630.

Donald W. Jones.  “Forces Shaping Energy Consumption in Five Latin American Nations, 1985-2000,” OPEC Review 15 (Autumn 1991):  277-299.

Donald W. Jones.  “Urbanization and Energy Use in Economic Development,” The Energy Journal 10, No. 1 (October 1989):  29-44.


Patricia S. Hu, Donald W. Jones, Timothy Reuscher, Richard S. Schmoyer, Jr., and Lorena S. Truett. Projecting Fatalities in Crashes Involving Older Drivers, 2000-2025.  ORNL-6963.  October 2000.

David L. Greene and Donald W. Jones.  “The Full Costs and Benefits of Transportation: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues,” in David L. Greene, Donald W. Jones, and Mark A. Delucchi, eds., Measuring the Full Costs and Benefits of Transportation; Contributions to Theory, Method and Measurement.  Berlin:  Springer-Verlag, 1997.


George S. Tolley and Donald W. JonesThe Economic Future of Nuclear Power.  Chicago:  University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.  August 2004.

George S. Tolley and Donald W. Jones, with contributions from Marianne Mintz (Argonne National Laboratory), Barton A. Smith (University of Houston), Michael Lawrence (Jack Faucett Associates, Inc.), and Eric Carlson and Stefan Unnasch (TIAX. LLC). Effects of a Transition to a Hydrogen Economy on Employment in the United States, Report to Congress.  U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC, December 2006.  (Transmitted to U.S. Congress October 1, 2008.)

Donald W. Jones.  “The Macroeconomic Impacts of Oil Price Shocks,” in Alberto Clô, ed., Encyclopaedia of Hydrocarbons, Vol IV.  Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2006.

Donald W. Jones, Paul N. Leiby and Inja K. Paik.  “Oil Price Shocks and the Macroeconomy: What Has Been Learned since 1996,” The Energy Journal 25, No. 2 (March 2004):  1-32.

David L. Greene, Donald W. Jones, and Paul N. Leiby.  “The Outlook for U.S. Oil Dependence,” Energy Policy 26 (1998):  55-69.

Paul N. Leiby, Donald W. Jones, T. Randall Curlee, and Russell Lee.  Oil Imports: An Assessment of Benefits and Costs.  ORNL-6851.  November 1, 1997.

Environmental Economics and Environmental Risk Management

Donald W. Jones. Environmental Economics (Dubuque: Great River Learning, 2016-19).

Donald W. Jones. Environmental Economics. ISBN978-168075-355-4.  Dubuque, Iowa: Great River Learning, 2016.

Donald W. Jones, David J. Bjornstad and Kenneth S. Redus.  “Prioritizing R&D for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weapons Complex Clean-Up,” Environmental Modeling & Assessment 6 (2001): 209-215.

Donald W. Jones, David J. Bjornstad and Kenneth S. Redus. “The Consequences of Alternative Environmental Management Goals:  A Non-Linear Programming Analysis of Nuclear Weapons Legacy Clean-Up at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” Environmental Modeling & Assessment 5 (2000): 1-17.

Donald W. Jones.  “Estimating Fish Values for Investments in Fish Passage/Protection Facilities,” Chapter 22 in J. E. Francfort, G. F.  D. D. Dauble, R. T. Hunt, D. W. Jones, B. N. Rinehart, G. L. Sommers, and R. J. Castello, Environmental Mitigation at Hydroelectric Projects. Volume II.  Benefits and Costs of Fish Passage and Protection.  DOE/ID-10360(V2).  Prepared for the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.  Idaho Falls, Idaho:  Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, January 1994.


Donald W. Jones.  “Transformations from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age in Greece: Part I.

A Model of a Household in an Egalitarian Neolithic Village,” Forthcoming in David A. Warburton, ed., Economic Growth in Antiquity (Topoi: Berlin, 2017).

Donald W. JonesEconomic Theory and the Ancient Mediterranean.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Donald W. Jones.  “Disturbances in Late Minoan III and Sub-Minoan Crete:  Generating Archaeological Hypotheses with Production and Trade Models,” American Journal of Archaeology 105, No. 2 (April 2001):  258. [abstract]

Donald W. JonesExternal Relations of Early Iron Age Crete, 1100-600 B.C.  Archaeological Institute of America Monograph Series, New Series 4.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, 2000.

Donald W. Jones.  “The Archaeology and Economy of Homeric Gift Exchange,” Opuscula Atheniensia 24 (1999): 9-24.

Donald W. Jones.  “The Conundrum of Greek Population Growth in the 8th Century B.C.: Burials, Settlements, and Wells,” Opuscula Atheniensia 24 (1999): 25-50.

Donald W. JonesPeak Sanctuaries and Sacred Caves in Minoan Crete:   A Comparison of Artifacts.  Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and Literature, Pocketbook No. 156.  Jonsered: Paul Åströms Förlag, 1999.

Donald W. Jones.  “Phoenician Unguent Factories in Dark Age Greece:  Social Approaches to Evaluating the Archaeological Evidence,” Oxford Journal of Archaeology 12, No. 3 (1993):  293-303.