Rodrigo Arriagada is an associated research fellow for EfD Central America. His fields of specialization are environmental economics, program evaluation econometrics, applied microeconomics and development economics. Rodrigo’s current research interests focus on environmental economics and policy, the use of experimental and quasi-experimental program evaluation methods on conservation interventions, deforestation and land use, issues at the intersection of economic development and environmental protection. More specifically, he has been studying the causal impacts of payments for ecosystem services in Costa Rica. Rodrigo is also postdoctoral research associate at the School of Life Sciences in Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University on August 2008. His dissertation title was “Private Provision of Public Goods: Applying Matching Methods to Evaluate Payments for Ecosystem Services in Costa Rica”.