New Publications

"Payments for environmental services supported social capital while increasing land management." Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol 115: No. 27, July 3, 2018 (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Victor Hugo Orozco Olvera, Laura Costica, Jorge David Fernandez Medina and Sofía Romo Monroy). Open access here.

--> Mongabay Story: Payments for Ecosystem Services Can Boost Social Capital in Addition to Forest Management

-->Amherst College Story: When You Pay Communities to Conserve, Social Bonds Reap the Rewards

-->World Bank's PROFOR Story: In Mexico, payments for ecosystem services benefit forests and communities

"Waste Not: Can Biogas Deliver Sustainable Development?" Forthcoming, Environmental and Resource Economics,  2018 (with Hope Thompson and Robyn Meeks).  Online early here.

--> Policy brief. Policy brief in Nepali.

"Economics of Habitat Fragmentation: A Review and Critique of the Literature" (with H. Jo Albers and Katie D. Lee) International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol 11: No. 2, pp. 97-144. Journal version here.

"An Upside to Globalization: International Migration Drives Reforestation in Nepal." (with Johan Oldekop, Arun Agrawal and Mark Whittingham). Global Environmental Change, Volume 52, September 2018, Pages 66–74. 

Payments for Ecosystem Services in Mexico Reduce Forest Fragmentation.” (with Carlos Ramirez-Reyes, Volker C. Radeloff, and Peter Potapov). Ecological Applications, forthcoming, 2018.

Papers in Progress

"Decentralized forest management simultaneously reduces deforestation and poverty." (with Johan Oldekop, Arun Agrawal, Mark Whittingham and Birendra Karna). Submitted paper, 2018.

“The Local Economic Impacts of Protected Land in New England 1990-2015” (with Jonathan Thompson, Joshua Plisinski, Spencer Meyer and Christoph Nolte). Submitted paper, 2018.

"Using referenda to improve targeting and decrease costs of environmental conditional cash transfers" (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Daniel Phaneuf). Submitted paper, 2018.


"Parks versus PES: Evaluating Direct and Incentive-Based Land Conservation in Mexico." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 86: 8-28, 2017 (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia). Online from JEEM here. CHECK OUT THE CIFOR BLOG HERE and HERE IN SPANISH!

"Only One Tree From Each Seed? Environmental Effectiveness and Poverty Alleviation in Mexico's Payments for Ecosystem Services Program" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7(4): 1-40, 2015 (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Patricia Yanez-Pagans). (AEJ published version here)

"Estimating the Impacts of Conservation on Ecosystem Services by Integrating Modeling and Evaluation" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(24): 7420–7425, 2015 (with Paul Ferraro, Merlin Hanauer, Daniela Miteva, Joanna Nelson, Subhrendu Pattanayak, and Christoph Nolte)

"Disruption, Achievement, and the Heterogeneous Benefits of Smaller Classes"  Empirical Economics. 48:1267-1286, 2015 (with Graham McKee and Steven Rivkin).

"Improving Environmental and Social Targeting through Adaptive Management in Mexico’s Payments for Hydrological Services Program." Conservation Biology, 28(5): 1151-1159, 2014 (with J. Alix-Garcia, E. Shapiro-Garza, L. Fine, V. Radeloff, G. Aronson, S. Castillo, C. Ramirez-Reyes and P. Yanez-Pagans).

 "Do Protected Areas Reduce Forest Fragmentation? A Microlandscapes Approach", Environmental and Resource Economics. 58(2): 303-33, 2014

"The Ecological Footprint of Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Mexico's Oportunidades Program." The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(2) 417-435, 2013 (with  Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Craig McIntosh, and Jarrod Welch).

"More Strictly Protected Areas Are Not Necessarily More Protective: Evidence from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Thailand." Environmental Research Letters, 8(2), 2013 (with Paul Ferraro, Merlin Hanauer, Daniela Miteva, Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza, and Subhrendu Pattanayak).

"Forest Conservation and Slippage: Evidence from Mexico's National Payments for Ecosystem Services Program."  Land Economics, 88(4): 613-638, 2012 (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Elizabeth Shapiro).

"Conditions Associated with Protected Area Success in Conservation and Poverty Reduction." Procedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 108(34): 13913-13918, 2011 (with Paul Ferraro and Merlin Hanauer).

“Conservation and Development: Evidence from Thai Protected Areas.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 60: 94-114, 2010.

"Protected Areas Reduced Poverty in Costa Rica and Thailand" Procedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 107: 22, 2010 (with Paul Ferraro, Kwaw Andam, Andrew Healy and Margaret Holland). 

“Local regulation and land use change: The effects of wetlands bylaws in Massachusetts”   Regional Science and Urban Economics, 39: 409-421, 2009 (with Jenny Schuetz).

“Designing Payments for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from Previous Experience with Incentive-based Mechanisms” Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 105: 28, 2008 (with Kelsey Jack and Carolyn Kousky). 

Collaborative Reports / Policy Briefs

“Evaluation of CONAFOR’s Payments for Hydrological Services Program, 2003-2010.” (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Glen Aronson, Volker Radeloff, Carlos Ramirez-Reyes, Elizabeth Shapiro, and Patricia Yanez-Pagans). Policy report for the Mexican National Forestry Commission, November, 2012.

"Towards a Science of Sustainability" NSF conference report.

"Impacts of Payments for Ecosystem Services on Deforestation in Mexico: Preliminary Lessons for REDD" (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Elizabeth Shapiro) Land Tenure Center Brief No. 11, University of Wisconsin, September, 2010. English and Spanish Versions.

Grants / Projects

"Balancing Land Conservation and Development in the Long Term." Andrew Carnegie Fellowship 2016-2018.

"Evaluating Mexico's Payments for Ecosystem Services Scheme: Social Capital and Long Term Impacts" (with Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Victor Orozco, Laura Costica and CONAFOR).

“Social and Environmental Impacts of Biogas Adoption in Nepal” (with Robyn Meeks and Hope Thompson)

“Forest User Groups and Forest Cover Change in Nepal” (with Johan Oldekop, Arun Agrawal, and Mark Whittingham).

“Payments for Environmental Services in Mexico: Understanding the Effectiveness of an Innovative Conservation Mechanism” (with Elizabeth Shapiro, Jennifer Alix-Garcia, and Volker Radeloff). Funding from the International Iniative for Impact Evaluation (3ie): 2010-2013.

"Spillovers in Incentive-Based Conservation Programs." Funding from the National Science Foundation Economics Program: 2011-2015

"Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century" (with Jan Dizard, Ted Melillo, Sarah Barr) Funding from the Thoreau Foundation.