Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Applied Economics

Committee Chair(s)

Reza Oladi


Reza Oladi


John Gilbert


Man-Keun Kim


This project considers the inescapable and burgeoning issues concerning the long-term allocation of scarce natural resources between the living and the deceased. America’s population growth will demand more space and maintenance resources used for disposition. To meet the forthcoming exigencies, economic planners need to address natural resource availability for future generations while incorporating sustainable and innovative technologies to prohibit environmental injustice.

The goals are to answer the following questions: How do demographical variables, age and sex influence the choice of disposition? How do cause of death variables influence the choice of disposition? I also evaluate the hypothesis that the average probability of cremation decreases as salary per year increases because people who earn more money can afford more expensive burials than less costly cremations.