Leida Mercado is the Leader of the Development, Economy and Environment Research Program at CATIE.
Eduardo Pacay is a forest engineer with a M.Sc. in Environmental Socioeconomics from Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica.
Taylor Ricketts is Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.
As the Director of the Latin American Chair of Environmental Decisions for Global Change (CLADA) at CATIE he has designed and implemented research and action-research project to support a variety o
Alejandro is Associate Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and Chair of the Economics Department.
Helena Cardenas is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with specialization on Economic Development.
Carlos L. Muñoz Brenes is Domestic Associate of the Environment and Development Center for Central America.
Janneke Pieters is Assistant Professor at the WU Development Economics Group, and Research Fellow at IZA. Before joining Wageningen University, she was Research Associate at IZA.
Rodrigo Arriagada is Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the Research Nucleus Center for the Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Policies (
Catalina is an economist and a domestic associate for EfD Central America.
Ariana is a Research Assistant at EfD-CA since May 2015. She has been collaborating on a variety of research projects related to the Payment for Environmental Services (PES) in Costa Rica, turtles’ bioeconomic models and strategic policy review of environmental development in the Central American Region. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s degree from the Erasmus Mundus Master Program on Sustainable Territorial Development.
Louis Preonas is currently a PhD student at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Erin is a professor of forest economics and coordinator of international programs in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, and a research associ
Matías Piaggio is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Un
M. Ruth Martínez-Rodríguez received her PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and also holds a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University. She works at Conservation International as project manager for CASCADE (Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America), a project carried out with CATIE. Also, she teaches at the School of Anthropology of the University of Costa Rica on ethnobiological and environmental topics.
Chelsia Moraes is an agronomist with an M.Sc. in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity. Chelsia is a Research Assistant in the Environment for Development Central America since October 2013 and works for the "Water for human consumption, communities and climate change: expected impacts and adaptation in Central America" Project.
Bárbara is a Spaniard specialist in forestry. She holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Management of Forest Resources from the University of Valladolid, Spain, and has engineering background. She has experience supporting research in different topics as social adaptive capacity to climate change, and forest dynamic and functioning in climate change context.
Laura is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Her areas of interest include development, public policy, environmental and health economics, labor, spatial economics, and treatment effect models.
Graduate of Agronomy at the University of Costa Rica, with a Masters in Integrated Watershed Management CATIE.
Milagro Saborio-Rodriguez is a senior research fellow at EfD-CA. She received her Ph.D. from Penn State University and a M.Sc degree from University of Concepcion, Chile. Currently, she is a senior researcher in the project CASCADE (Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America).
Eugenia is Communication Officer and Research Fellow for the Environment Development Initiative for Central America (EfD-CA) at the Economics and Environment for Development Research Program - CATIE. Eugenia holds a Master's degree on Developing Economies from the National University of Costa Rica.
Paul J. Ferraro is Professor of Economics at the Department Of Economics in Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Alexander Pfaff is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment at Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy.
Tabaré was a research assistant at EfD-CA from 2012 to 2016. He worked mainly on farmer's adaptation to climate change, water availability and climate change, fisheries, and payments for ecosystem services. He is currently a PhD Student in Economics at the University of Wyoming, focusing on behavioral, environmental, and food economics. He is still working with EfD researchers in topics related to Marine Protected Areas and Community Water Organisations. Link to his personal webpage: tabarecapitan.com
Andrea Castro provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America.
Alberto Vargas provides administrative support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America. He organizes the accounting and gives support to all EfD Central America projects. His tasks and responsibilities are the monitoring and implementation of budgets; assist in financial reporting and reimbursement of expenses.
Jorge Rivera is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy at George Washington University. Currently, he is also a Visiting Research Fellow at CATIE in Costa Rica.
Salvatore Di Falco is Professor in Environmental Economics, Economics Department at the University of Geneva and Research Associate at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the
Lizette Delgado provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America.
Róger Madrigal is Center Director and Senior research fellow at EfD-CA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in Germany. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Collective action towards the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica”. He is the academic coordinator of the M.Sc Program in Economics, Development and Climate Change at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). His current research deals with community-based management of water resources in the face of climate change.
Peter Martinsson is a professor in behavioural economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
Fredrik Carlsson is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
Allen coordinates Resources for the Future's participation in EfD. His research has focused principally on tropical deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America and Asia.
Maria A. Naranjo is Research Fellow for the Environment and Development Center for Central America. She is currently finishing her PhD.
Francisco Alpízar is Director of Research at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.
Juan Robalino is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America.
Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries”
Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries” German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, 18-19 June 2018 For full information click here.
EfD is arranging a pre-conference workshop for women in Environmental Economics, ahead of the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) 2018 in Gothenburg. The purpose is to support and encourage early career women pursuing careers in the domain of EfD, which is environmental economics applied to policy questions in developing countries, especially in countries with EfD centers.
Hosts: The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) of the Republic of Costa Rica, National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Partners: Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) Sponsor: The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Objectives
Implementing REDD: A Spatial Nash Equilibrium Model and Community-level Payment Sharing in Tanzania
Do tropical forests provide natural insurance? Evidence on forest ecosystem services and human health from the Brazilian Amazon.
Evaluating policy impacts on tropical deforestation using the synthetic control method
Research Proposal: Improving energy efficiency in Costa Rican households: the effect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives in shaping the timing of consumption EfD researchers: Milagro Saborio Collaborators: Anthony Kwasnica and James Shortle, Penn State University
Research Proposal: Individual Incentives to Cooperate within Community-Based Resource Management Institutions: Sea Turtles in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Research Proposal: Improving energy efficiency in Costa Rican households: the effect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives in shaping the timing of consumption
Research Proposal: Improving energy efficiency in Costa Rican households: the effect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives in shaping the timing of consumption EfD researchers: Francisco Alpízar, Róger Madrigal and Tabaré Capitán. PI: Róger Madrigal.
Research Proposal: Can anti-poverty policies reduce vulnerability to weather shocks? EfD-CA Researchers: Juan Robalino and Catalina Sandoval
EfD participated at the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) in Istanbul, Turkey from June 28 to July 2, 2014. EfD research fellows and associates were strongly represented in the parallel and policy sessions. Below you will find a list of researchers who presented their research papers at this conference.