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  • Senior Research Fellow

Morgenstern, Richard D.

Richard Morgenstern's research focuses on the economic analysis of environmental issues with an emphasis on the costs, benefits, evaluation, and design of environmental policies, especially economi

  • Senior Research Fellow

Kroetz, Kailin

Kailin Kroetz’s research focuses on policy questions related to coupled natural-human systems in marine and terrestrial environments. Her areas of expertise include design and evaluation of fishery management policies, biodiversity conservation, and bioeconomic modeling.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Kuwayama, Yusuke

Yusuke Kuwayama's research focuses on the economics of environmental regulation, with an emphasis on water resources and ecosystems.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Linn, Joshua

Josh Linn is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Krupnick, Alan

Alan Krupnick is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Burtraw, Dallas

Dallas Burtraw is the Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future. He is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Fischer, Carolyn

Carolyn Fischer is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and currently a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellow of the European Commission, visiting at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Venic

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.

WCERE Pre-conference Workshop for women in Environmental Economics

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. 

2017-10-19

EfD Annual Meeting 2017: Information for participants

This year the EfD annual meeting  will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from:  October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.

2017-01-04

Fellowship for Environmental Studies at Duke Kunshan

Duke Kunshan University is now accepting applications for the new international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program. The iMEP program is a two-year degree offered jointly by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment.  Students will study core courses in both environmental management and public policy at Duke Kunshan University (China) and Duke University (United States).  We would really appreciate it if you could share this information with people who might be interested. 

2016-10-22

EfD-RFF hosts training workshops on forest conservation webtools

EfD- RFF Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow Allen Blackman organized and led training workshops on two forest conservation webtools developed by an RFF Project Team that includes Jessica Chu, Alex Egorenkov, Len Goff, and Juha Siikamäki. The first workshop, on October 12, was for stakeholders representing US-based institutions and the second, on October 17 and 18, was for stakeholders representing Mesoamerican-based institutions. The webtools, which are for targeting and evaluating forest conservation policies, will be publically launched in the coming months via a webinar. Their development was mainly funded by NASA’s SERVIR program. The training workshops were sponsored by and held at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. 

2016-06-02

RFF hosted their “First Wednesday” Seminars

April 6, 2016. Senior Fellow and RFF EfD Program Director Allen Blackman organized and moderated RFF “First Wednesday” Seminar/webinar on “Reducing Deforestaton in Commodity Supply Chains.” About the Event:

2017-01-26

Request for concept notes to develop collaborative multi-site research projects

SETI (http://seti.duke.edu/) invites concept notes to seed collaborative research related to energy transitions. We particularly welcome proposals for work related to the SETI priority themes, including: Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment) Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness Notable gaps in research on energy transitions

2014-02-28

RFF Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position

Resources for the Future (RFF) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a multi-year project funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that is using remote sensing data to target and evaluate forest conservation policies in Latin America.

2013-06-28

Welcoming three new EfD centers

The ambition to make EfD a truly global network of research centers devoted to the application of environmental economics for development is now being acted upon. The Coordination Committee of the EfD Initiative welcomed three new centers as EfD members.

2012-08-13

Gunnar Köhlin interviewed in Resources

The latest issue of RFF Resources magazine is a special issue on "Balancing Economic and Environmental Progress in Developing Countries". It is being guest edited by EfD Research Fellow Allen Blackman, RFF Senior Fellow, and contains an interview with EfD Director Gunnar Köhlin as well as articles by Professor Thomas Sterner and other EfD members.

2011-05-03

How Regressive Are Fuel Taxes? A Comparison of Countries from Around the World

Thomas Sterner makes the latest addition to RFF policy commentary series with a piece on whether fuel taxes are indeed regressive. Raising fuel taxes could significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollution from the transportation sector. One of the prime arguments against raising fuel taxes is the perception that they are regressive — that they are more costly to the poor and other socioeconomic groups. But recent research suggests the opposite, particularly for developing countries.

2013-12-30

Analysis of groundwater management and policies in India

Although groundwater depletion is a global phenomenon, India faces the challenge in its severest of forms. Studies by India’s Central Ground Water Board suggest that in some parts of the country, water tables are receding at 1 meter per year and that the majority of water resources in Northwest and South India are overexploited. Furthermore, two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people are involved in agricultural work and are therefore especially vulnerable to groundwater depletion and related climate fluctuations.

2013-12-04

Green growth in China

Green growth in China:  A literature Review. In the summer of 2013, Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) awarded a grant to RFF to review the existing literature on green growth and to hold a green growth forum in China. 

2012-02-04

REDD+ policy in MesoAmerica

Funded by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this four-year $1 million project aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of REDD+ policy in MesoAmerica by developing two sets of decision tools.

2017-01-16

A Simple Stated Preference Tool for Estimating the Value of Travel Time in Rural Africa

Despite its importance in benefit-cost analyses in the water supply, transportation, and health care sectors, there are relatively few empirical estimates of the value of travel time savings (VTT) in low-income countries, particularly in rural areas. Analysts instead often rely on a textbook “rule of thumb” of valuing time at 50% of prevailing unskilled wage rates, though these benchmarks have little empirical support in these settings. We estimate the value of travel time through the use of a repeated discrete choice stated preference exercise.

2016-08-31

Disease Risk and Market Structure in Salmon Aquaculture

We develop a model of a multi-national firm producing commodities for a global market in multiple locations with location-specific risks and different regulatory standards. Salmon aquaculture and disease outbreaks provide an empirically relevant example. We specifically examine details of the infectious salmon anemia outbreak in Chile in the late 2000s, the multi-national nature of some firms operating in Chile, and the overall market structure of the salmon farming industry as motivation for our theoretical model.

2016-08-09

Applying the social-ecological system framework to the diagnosis of urban lake commons in Bangalore, India

Abstract: The south Indian city of Bangalore provides a challenging yet representative context within which to examine issues of governance of urban social-ecological commons. The city was once famous for its numerous large water bodies, which have witnessed tremendous encroachment and pollution in recent years. These water bodies, called tanks or lakes, were typically managed by adjacent village communities but are now administered by a number of government departments involved with aspects of lake management, with multiple overlapping jurisdictions.

2016-08-09

Polycentric governance of multifunctional forested landscapes

Abstract: Human-induced causes of forest change occur at multiple scales. Yet, most governance mechanisms are designed at a single level – whether international, national, regional or local – and do not provide effective solutions for the overarching challenge of forest governance.

2016-08-09

Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics

Abstract: During the last 50 years, at least four interdisciplinary developments have occurred at the boundaries of political science and economics that have affected the central ques- tions that both political scientists and economists ask, the empirical evidence amassed as a new foundation for understanding political economies, and new questions for fu- ture research. These include: (1) the Public Choice Approach, (2) the Governance of the Commons debate, (3) New Institutional Economics, and (4) Behavioral Approaches to Ex- plaining Human Actions.

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