Cooperation between LAERE and EfD Colombia to organize seminars and increase mutual visibility

Since 2021, REES-EfD is co-organizing the LAERE-EfD series of seminars with the Latin American Association of Environmental Economists (LAERE with the purpose of promoting research and analysis of environmental policies in America Latina, serve as a meeting point for environmental economists in the region, and increase the visibility of the LAERE and EfD networks. Some seminars will be co-organized with collaborative programs, such as Women in Enviromental Economics for Development.


From february to July, 2021, we have had these four seminars (all in English):


1)Expositor: Francisco Alpízar.

Chair, Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Group (ENR)

Title: Input Efficiency, Technology Adoption and Disadoption: Two RCTs on Water Saving Technologies

You can watch it here.


2)Expositor: Anna Nordén

Assistant Professor in Economics at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping University.

Title: Women participation in Formal Decision-Making: Empirical Evidence from Participatory forest management in Ethiopia


Amid growing emphasis on community-based approaches to natural resource management, there are concerns about the lack of women participation in communal decision-making. We analyze the association between participation of women in decision-making of forest user groups and several forest management outcomes. We combine longitudinal survey, administrative and forest inventory data and find that active participation of women (representation on the executive committee) is associated with greater forest benefits, and an improved (perceived and actual) condition of the forest. The association between (passive) women participation in group-level meetings and outcomes is not robust across alternative models. Using experimental data on alternative governance modalities, we also find that external (i.e. top-down) monitoring by the government increases women leadership at the group level.

You can watch it here.


3)Expositor: Juan Robalino

Director of the Institute of Economic Research and a professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Costa Rica. SRF at EfD.

Title: Do protected areas reduce the incidence of hydrological disasters?

You can watch it here.


4)Expositor: Allen Blackman

Principal Economic Advisor to the Climate and Sustainable Development sector at the Inter-American Development Bank and Nonresident Fellow at Resources for the Future

Title: Breathe easy, there’s an app for that: Using information and communication technology to tackle air pollution in Bogotá


Chronic severe air pollution in Bogotá, Colombia has serious human health impacts. Using digital technologies to disseminate information about air quality may enable citizens to reduce their exposure to air pollution by, for example, avoiding outdoor exercise on certain days an in certain locations, and may also help change their environmental attitudes and policy preferences. To investigate these linkages, we conducted a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a bundled informational treatment—including training in the use of a newly launched smartphone application called Aire Bogotá that displays near-real-time spatial information on air quality—on more than 550 university students’ acquisition of air quality information, knowledge about avoidance behavior, actual avoidance behavior, dissemination of environmental information, and attitudes about the environment. We find that the treatment led to substantial changes in five of our six categories of outcomes.

You can watch it here.



News | 15 July 2021